These Are The 10 Best Cities In Arizona For Jobs In 2017

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by Chris Kolmar
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If you’re starting to look for a job in Arizona, you’ve come to the right place.

You might think off the top of your head that Phoenix would be an excellent place to find a job. And while it does offer many opportunities, it isn’t the best in the state according to the data.

Here at Zippia, we aim to answer questions like this using cold hard facts and analysis. So we set our sights on determining the best place in Arizona to find a job.

After analyzing all 59 plus places in Arizona, we came up with this list as the best places for jobs in the Grand Canyon State:

  1. Litchfield Park
  2. Queen Creek
  3. Paradise Valley
  4. Gilbert
  5. Sahuarita
  6. Cave Creek
  7. Marana
  8. Oro Valley
  9. Scottsdale
  10. Chandler

If you live in one of these cities, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you — read on to learn how we calculated this ranking and why these cities rank so high.

Or for more Arizona job information, check out:

How We Determined The Best Cities In Arizona For Jobs

In order to properly compare places, we set a minimum population threshold of 5,000 people.

After getting the data for about 118 places in AZ, the population requirement cut out list down to 59 places.

We then ranked each place across a number of criteria from one to 59, with one being the best.

We took the average rank across all criteria, with the place posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place For Jobs In Arizona”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Unemployment rate
  • Median household income
  • Poverty Level

The source of the criteria was the Census’s American Community Survey.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart.

Otherwise, learn how these cities got to their executive suite status.

1. Litchfield Park

Litchfield Park, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,122Unemployment Rank: 1
Median Income Rank: 5
Poverty Level Rank: 1

2. Queen Creek

Queen Creek, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,529Unemployment Rank: 4
Median Income Rank: 2
Poverty Level Rank: 8

3. Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,243Unemployment Rank: 2
Median Income Rank: 1
Poverty Level Rank: 11

4. Gilbert

Gilbert, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 223,131Unemployment Rank: 6
Median Income Rank: 3
Poverty Level Rank: 7

5. Sahuarita

Sahuarita, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,441Unemployment Rank: 3
Median Income Rank: 13
Poverty Level Rank: 3

6. Cave Creek

Cave Creek, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,014Unemployment Rank: 7
Median Income Rank: 4
Poverty Level Rank: 9

7. Marana

Marana, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,028Unemployment Rank: 14
Median Income Rank: 6
Poverty Level Rank: 2

8. Oro Valley

Oro Valley, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,493Unemployment Rank: 15
Median Income Rank: 7
Poverty Level Rank: 4

9. Scottsdale

Scottsdale, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 223,519Unemployment Rank: 8
Median Income Rank: 9
Poverty Level Rank: 12

10. Chandler

Chandler, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 245,231Unemployment Rank: 10
Median Income Rank: 10
Poverty Level Rank: 10

Landing The Right Place For A Job

The best places for jobs in Arizona have one major common attribute — they are all close to major sources of jobs. These places use their geographic proximity to big cities and major employers to their advantage.

It also means that the American dream of a house in the burbs is also alive and well when it comes to finding a great place to have a job.

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to find a job Arizona:

  1. South Tucson
  2. Eloy
  3. Somerton

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Jobs In Arizona

Rank City Population Unemployment Rank Income Rank Poverty Rank
1 Litchfield Park 5,122 1 5 1
2 Queen Creek 28,529 4 2 8
3 Paradise Valley 13,243 2 1 11
4 Gilbert 223,131 6 3 7
5 Sahuarita 26,441 3 13 3
6 Cave Creek 5,014 7 4 9
7 Marana 37,028 14 6 2
8 Oro Valley 41,493 15 7 4
9 Scottsdale 223,519 8 9 12
10 Chandler 245,231 10 10 10
11 Fountain Hills 23,051 18 8 6
12 Goodyear 70,148 9 11 13
13 Maricopa 45,388 16 12 5
14 Snowflake 5,595 5 15 16
15 Peoria 160,231 17 14 14
16 Sierra Vista 45,365 21 17 18
17 Surprise 121,648 29 16 15
18 Sedona 10,092 23 21 17
19 Buckeye 54,927 25 18 19
20 Florence 26,513 13 22 30
21 Avondale 77,912 30 19 20
22 Mesa 452,091 27 23 22
23 El Mirage 32,600 28 26 27
24 Payson 15,234 24 35 24
25 Chino Valley 10,879 19 34 31
26 Page 7,374 31 20 33
27 Globe 7,463 20 39 28
28 Wickenburg 6,629 12 43 35
29 Tempe 166,975 26 24 43
30 Prescott Valley 39,575 33 36 25
31 Phoenix 1,490,758 32 27 36
32 Lake Havasu City 52,827 35 38 23
33 Safford 9,574 46 29 21
34 Flagstaff 67,419 22 25 50
35 Casa Grande 50,316 39 31 29
36 Glendale 231,978 37 28 34
37 Yuma 93,078 44 32 26
38 Prescott 40,130 38 30 40
39 Bisbee 5,475 11 51 49
40 Kingman 28,381 36 37 41
41 Holbrook 5,003 40 33 45
42 Benson 5,075 34 47 44
43 Show Low 10,754 52 42 32
44 Bullhead City 39,480 48 45 37
45 Winslow 9,570 51 41 39
46 Tucson 525,031 41 44 47
47 Youn 6,299 50 49 38
48 Coolidge 12,058 47 40 53
49 Cottonwood 11,358 42 52 48
50 Apache Junction 36,965 54 46 46
51 Camp Verde 10,965 45 48 58
52 Guadalupe 5,892 55 55 42
53 Tolleson 6,707 53 50 52
54 Douglas 17,137 43 58 56
55 Nogales 20,699 49 57 55
56 San Luis 30,139 57 54 51
57 Somerton 14,679 56 53 54
58 Eloy 17,062 58 56 57
59 South Tucson 5,675 59 59 59