The 10 Happiest Places To Live In Arizona

By Kathy Morris - Nov. 10, 2020

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Ever wondered where in the country people are happiest? Better yet, what cities in your state have the secret sauce for happiness?

Just like where you work and what you do, where you live can have major implications for your quality of life. We set out to find the cities in Arizona where life is sweetest, the wages are high, and people aren’t wasting their lives away in cars,

The results? Happiness comes in small packages.

The result is this list of the best cities for :

  1. Doney Park, AZ
  2. Queen Creek, AZ
  3. Gilbert, AZ
  4. Corona De Tucson, AZ
  5. Paradise Valley, AZ
  6. Rincon Valley, AZ
  7. Flagstaff, AZ
  8. Page, AZ
  9. Snowflake, AZ
  10. Chandler, AZ

These are the happiest places in Arizona. Keep reading to see what has everyone grinning so much.

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How did we determined the happiest places to live in Arizona?

We turned happiness into a science and scoured the state to find the cities with all the ingredients for happiness:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Percent of households earning above $75,000
  • Median home prices
  • A short commute to work (Traffic = unhappiness)
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)

We examined over 97 cities, to find the cities that have all of the above in spades.

While some may be confused to see marriage rates included in our metrics, studies show that married people are typically happier than unmarried people. However, it is worth noting that marriage doesn’t cause happiness. In fact, people leaving a bad marriage experience spikes of happiness. However, a happy marriage and positive social interactions are important for mood and mental health.

Similarly, if you’re scratching your head to see $75,000 as the cut-off for happiness, blame Purdue University. Their study found that amount meets basic needs and frees people from the pitfalls of deep financial insecurity that cause unhappiness.

All of our data comes from the most recent American Community Survey.

Keep reading for more on why each of these 10 places is brimming with happiness—or hop to the bottom to see where your city landed on the list.

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1. Doney Park

Population: 5,352
Earners Over $75k: 55.0%
Average Commute: 22
Marriage Rate: 19.0%

Doney Park is the happiest city in all of Arizona. What makes Doney Park residents so happy? They aren’t wasting their lives on long commutes for one. The average Doney Park resident only drives 22.3 minuted to work. Toss in affordable housing and the fact that most Doney Park residents are coming home to a loving partner and it’s easy to see the city has a lot going for it.

2. Queen Creek

Queen Creek, AZ

Population: 36,053
Earners Over $75k: 64.6%
Average Commute: 33
Marriage Rate: 15.0%

In 2nd place we have Queen Creek. Residents of Queen Creek are highly educated, with an impressive 39.0% having at least a bachelor’s degree. And in this modern day, education means options, and folks in Queen Creek have plenty of them.

3. Gilbert

Gilbert, AZ

Population: 237,484
Earners Over $75k: 61.4%
Average Commute: 27
Marriage Rate: 11.0%

Gilbert is the third happiest city in Arizona. Why so happy? 11.0% of Gilbert residents come home to a partner to share their life burdens. Bonus? Short commutes give them more time to spend with all their loved ones or on hobbies they enjoy.

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4. Corona De Tucson

Population: 8,326
Earners Over $75k: 65.1%
Average Commute: 36
Marriage Rate: 15.0%

Folks in Corona de Tucson have a lot to smile about. An impressive 65.1% of Corona de Tucson households earn $75,000 or more. That means families in Corona de Tucson can afford peace of mind.

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5. Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley, AZ

Population: 14,215
Earners Over $75k: 78.1%
Average Commute: 22
Marriage Rate: 7.0%

Paradise Valley is the 5th happiest city in the whole state. Paradise Valley residents’ moods are kept high by reasonable home prices (the median home price in this Arizona city is only $1,505,300), happy marriages, and short commutes.

class="fancy">6. Rincon Valley

Population: 5,469
Earners Over $75k: 67.2%
Average Commute: 35
Marriage Rate: 14.0%

Looking to relocate? Data says you should give Rincon Valley a second look because it has all the ingredients for happiness. A staggering 67.2% of households earn over 75,000. Toss in high marriage rates and reasonable commutes, and it’s easy to see those who call Rincon Valley home have a lot to be happy about.

class="fancy">7. Flagstaff

Flagstaff, AZ

Population: 71,202
Earners Over $75k: 37.3%
Average Commute: 15
Marriage Rate: 9.0%

Flagstaff is the 7th happiest city. Flagstaff residents pull in respectable salaries and manage to do it, on average, within 15.7 minutes of their home. They can use all that extra time saved from a long commute to indulge in hobbies they’re passionate about.

class="fancy">8. Page

Page, AZ

Population: 7,547
Earners Over $75k: 32.9%
Average Commute: 10
Marriage Rate: 16.0%

Page residents are highly educated with good incomes, decent marriage rates, and reasonable commutes. What’s not to be happy about?

class="fancy">9. Snowflake

Snowflake, AZ

Population: 5,724
Earners Over $75k: 26.2%
Average Commute: 20
Marriage Rate: 33.0%

The 9th happiest city in all of Arizona is Snowflake. The average commute in Snowflake is only 20.1 minutes. That means they are only 20.1 minutes away from the loving spouse 33.0% of them have.

class="fancy">10. Chandler

Chandler, AZ

Population: 248,631
Earners Over $75k: 53.3%
Average Commute: 24
Marriage Rate: 8.0%

In 10th place is Chandler, Arizona. What makes Chandler so great? Affordable housing, reasonable commutes, and healthy incomes. If happiness is contagious, moving here might be worth a try.

class="fancy">And that’s our list of the happiest cities in Arizona

There you have it, happiness is a place.

While we can’t guarantee everyone living and working in the top 10 cities is happy, they have a better chance the most.

If you are looking to improve your own happiness, check out how you can help improve your personal factors: housing costs, job satisfaction, income, and education.

If your city didn’t make the top 10, check out the list below to see whether it missed the cut by a hair or if folks there are struggling to escape despair.

class="fancy">Detailed List Of The Happiest Cities In
Rank City High Earners Average Commute Marriage Rate
1 Doney Park 55.0% 22 19.0%
2 Queen Creek 64.6% 33 15.0%
3 Gilbert 61.4% 27 11.0%
4 Corona De Tucson 65.1% 36 15.0%
5 Paradise Valley 78.1% 22 7.0%
6 Rincon Valley 67.2% 35 14.0%
7 Flagstaff 37.3% 15 9.0%
8 Page 32.9% 10 16.0%
9 Snowflake 26.2% 20 33.0%
10 Chandler 53.3% 24 8.0%
11 Thatcher 32.6% 19 29.0%
12 Citrus Park 70.2% 34 17.0%
13 Catalina Foothills 55.0% 22 8.0%
14 Vail 56.1% 33 13.0%
15 Sahuarita 52.3% 28 11.0%
16 Scottsdale 55.5% 22 5.0%
17 Marana 56.0% 29 11.0%
18 Anthem 61.7% 30 7.0%
19 Litchfield Park 53.0% 32 12.0%
20 Tanque Verde 62.6% 30 9.0%
21 Safford 31.6% 15 26.0%
22 Show Low 28.4% 15 15.0%
23 Globe 32.4% 15 21.0%
24 Cave Creek 56.6% 28 9.0%
25 Peoria 48.9% 28 10.0%
26 Goodyear 54.8% 30 9.0%
27 Williamson 41.3% 24 11.0%
28 Sedona 37.3% 16 3.0%
29 Tuba City 28.3% 16 24.0%
30 Casas Adobes 39.0% 23 11.0%
31 Sierra Vista 38.2% 17 6.0%
32 Sierra Vista Southeast 41.6% 23 9.0%
33 Prescott 33.9% 18 7.0%
34 Payson 28.3% 16 12.0%
35 Valencia West 35.5% 34 18.0%
36 Mesa 34.8% 24 10.0%
37 Rio Rico 29.2% 26 14.0%
38 New River 54.2% 34 11.0%
39 Holbrook 26.5% 15 15.0%
40 Oro Valley 50.7% 27 6.0%
41 Phoenix 35.6% 25 8.0%
42 San Tan Valley 42.5% 36 12.0%
43 Verde Village 29.1% 21 12.0%
44 Tempe 35.4% 21 6.0%
45 Fountain Hills 53.3% 27 4.0%
46 Yuma 30.0% 15 9.0%
47 Avondale 37.3% 28 10.0%
48 Chinle 17.2% 17 24.0%
49 Surprise 42.6% 30 9.0%
50 Winslow 24.0% 12 17.0%
51 Glendale 33.9% 28 9.0%
52 Tolleson 27.2% 24 16.0%
53 El Mirage 32.7% 28 11.0%
54 Casa Grande 29.2% 22 11.0%
55 Coolidge 25.0% 23 17.0%
56 Prescott Valley 25.3% 20 9.0%
57 Saddlebrooke 51.7% 31 3.0%
58 Maricopa 44.6% 35 8.0%
59 Wickenburg 29.9% 18 8.0%
60 Camp Verde 18.9% 25 15.0%
61 Douglas 19.2% 16 12.0%
62 Drexel Heights 28.3% 28 19.0%
63 Village Of Oak Creek (Big Park) 36.5% 28 1.0%
64 Guadalupe 10.9% 18 25.0%
65 Bisbee 18.0% 19 11.0%
66 Tucson 24.2% 22 9.0%
67 Gold Canyon 46.4% 31 4.0%
68 Catalina 32.1% 30 11.0%
69 Kingman 25.9% 15 8.0%
70 Nogales 15.2% 19 10.0%
71 Sun Lakes 35.7% 28 3.0%
72 Somerton 20.8% 24 10.0%
73 Lake Havasu City 30.8% 20 3.0%
74 Chino Valley 26.8% 27 13.0%
75 Green Valley 29.7% 21 2.0%
76 Picture Rocks 27.5% 41 13.0%
77 Sun City West 26.8% 24 2.0%
78 Lake Montezuma 18.4% 26 14.0%
79 Arizona City 18.0% 25 12.0%
80 Fort Mohave 24.8% 19 1.0%
81 Cottonwood 17.3% 21 7.0%
82 Fortuna Foothills 28.8% 21 6.0%
83 Eloy 23.2% 22 8.0%
84 Flowing Wells 13.8% 21 11.0%
85 Youn 20.5% 29 8.0%
86 Tucson Estates 23.5% 33 11.0%
87 Florence 28.9% 24 6.0%
88 Avra Valley 21.2% 37 13.0%
89 Summit 11.9% 25 7.0%
90 New Kingman-Butler 16.5% 17 6.0%
91 San Luis 12.9% 30 5.0%
92 Bullhead City 20.4% 20 2.0%
93 South Tucson 8.6% 26 10.0%
94 Sun City 18.4% 26 2.0%
95 Apache Junction 20.9% 27 6.0%
96 Three Points 20.6% 54 8.0%
97 Golden Valley 14.6% 28 4.0%

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Kathy Morris

Kathy is the head of content at Zippia with a knack for engaging audiences. Prior to joining Zippia, Kathy worked at Gateway Blend growing audiences across diverse brands. She graduated from Troy University with a degree in Social Science Education.

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