These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Arizona

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Arizona have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Arizona places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Paradise Valley, the happiest place in Arizona.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Grand Canyon State”:

  1. Paradise Valley
  2. Corona De Tucson
  3. Vail
  4. Sun Lakes
  5. Sahuarita
  6. Green Valley
  7. Tanque Verde
  8. Queen Creek
  9. Sun City West
  10. Oro Valley
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Grand Canyon State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 91 places in Arizona with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 91 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Arizona”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Arizona ranked. Our apologies to Litchfield Park which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Paradise Valley

Paradise Valley, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,243People Who Own Their Home: 79.4%
Married Adults: 71.6%

2. Corona De Tucson


Population: 7,172 People Who Own Their Home: 77.5%
Married Adults: 73.6%

3. Vail


Population: 10,764 People Who Own Their Home: 76.5%
Married Adults: 69.5%

4. Sun Lakes


Population: 13,885 People Who Own Their Home: 71.7%
Married Adults: 68.5%

5. Sahuarita

Sahuarita, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,441People Who Own Their Home: 68.9%
Married Adults: 64.7%

6. Green Valley


Population: 22,519 People Who Own Their Home: 61.5%
Married Adults: 66.0%

7. Tanque Verde


Population: 16,411 People Who Own Their Home: 82.4%
Married Adults: 67.3%

8. Queen Creek

Queen Creek, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,529People Who Own Their Home: 70.1%
Married Adults: 65.5%

9. Sun City West

Sun City West, Arizona

Source: Google Maps

Population: 24,066 People Who Own Their Home: 69.6%
Married Adults: 64.7%

10. Oro Valley

Oro Valley, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 41,493People Who Own Their Home: 65.0%
Married Adults: 61.1%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Arizona

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Paradise Valley 1 13,243 79.4% 71.6%
Corona de Tucson 2 7,172 77.5% 73.6%
Vail 3 10,764 76.5% 69.5%
Sun Lakes 4 13,885 71.7% 68.5%
Sahuarita 5 26,441 68.9% 64.7%
Green Valley 6 22,519 61.5% 66.0%
Tanque Verde 7 16,411 82.4% 67.3%
Queen Creek 8 28,529 70.1% 65.5%
Sun City West 9 24,066 69.6% 64.7%
Oro Valley 10 41,493 65.0% 61.1%
Litchfield Park 11 5,122 65.7% 59.5%
Marana 12 37,028 70.0% 63.6%
Catalina Foothills 13 50,643 61.4% 58.1%
New River 14 15,432 77.3% 65.1%
Fountain Hills 15 23,051 62.7% 62.8%
Saddlebrooke 16 9,392 80.2% 77.0%
Cave Creek 17 5,014 67.4% 67.8%
Anthem 18 23,995 63.8% 66.8%
Gilbert 19 223,131 66.1% 58.0%
Sierra Vista Southeast 20 14,501 76.9% 61.7%
Snowflake 21 5,595 67.5% 59.9%
Doney Park 22 5,860 71.2% 56.0%
Williamson 23 5,398 77.1% 70.4%
Scottsdale 24 223,519 53.4% 51.6%
Catalina 25 7,527 73.1% 59.8%
Chandler 26 245,231 57.3% 51.7%
Goodyear 27 70,148 59.1% 58.4%
Fortuna Foothills 28 27,181 54.4% 67.8%
Sierra Vista 29 45,365 46.0% 54.2%
Maricopa 30 45,388 62.7% 58.0%
Gold Canyon 31 9,392 59.1% 66.8%
Sedona 32 10,092 53.8% 54.3%
Peoria 33 160,231 61.1% 52.6%
Casas Adobes 34 68,525 58.4% 50.5%
Sun City 35 38,622 65.4% 55.4%
Surprise 36 121,648 60.9% 60.9%
Rio Rico 37 18,837 72.4% 59.7%
Safford 38 9,574 59.1% 49.5%
Page 39 7,374 62.1% 52.7%
Chino Valley 40 10,879 64.1% 53.9%
Globe 41 7,463 50.8% 42.8%
Lake Montezuma 42 5,594 60.5% 51.9%
Lake Havasu City 43 52,827 47.5% 57.1%
Payson 44 15,234 52.5% 57.4%
Valencia West 45 10,051 79.1% 48.4%
Wickenburg 46 6,629 54.0% 53.7%
Florence 47 26,513 52.0% 35.8%
Verde Village 48 12,739 64.9% 54.1%
San Tan Valley 49 86,743 56.7% 55.6%
Prescott 50 40,130 55.5% 49.5%
Picture Rocks 51 8,775 65.7% 53.4%
Fort Mohave 52 13,862 56.3% 57.4%
Prescott Valley 53 39,575 54.0% 53.0%
Village of Oak Creek (Big Park) 54 6,341 53.4% 58.2%
Casa Grande 55 50,316 54.7% 50.0%
Benson 56 5,075 53.3% 48.0%
Kingman 57 28,381 54.5% 43.1%
Buckeye 58 54,927 54.0% 51.9%
Yuma 59 93,078 49.5% 53.3%
Bisbee 60 5,475 46.6% 39.8%
Flowing Wells 61 16,062 61.4% 41.4%
Mesa 62 452,091 50.7% 47.4%
Drexel Heights 63 28,291 68.4% 45.7%
Tuba City 64 9,860 50.5% 32.1%
El Mirage 65 32,600 55.3% 47.2%
Tucson Estates 66 12,829 69.3% 52.3%
Show Low 67 10,754 35.0% 51.6%
Holbrook 68 5,003 58.5% 44.4%
Arizona City 69 9,573 46.2% 40.3%
Flagstaff 70 67,419 39.3% 33.9%
Somerton 71 14,679 62.9% 54.1%
Avondale 72 77,912 50.4% 45.4%
Bullhead City 73 39,480 41.9% 49.4%
San Luis 74 30,139 68.6% 51.0%
Camp Verde 75 10,965 59.7% 49.7%
Cottonwood 76 11,358 51.3% 44.8%
Tempe 77 166,975 37.8% 30.5%
Golden Valley 78 8,162 68.4% 50.2%
Coolidge 79 12,058 52.0% 45.9%
Winslow 80 9,570 47.8% 33.8%
Douglas 81 17,137 49.9% 33.4%
Guadalupe 82 5,892 49.2% 30.6%
Apache Junction 83 36,965 53.5% 50.3%
Phoenix 84 1,490,758 47.0% 42.3%
Glendale 85 231,978 49.0% 44.0%
Nogales 86 20,699 44.5% 45.1%
New Kingman-Butler 87 11,892 53.1% 41.7%
Tucson 88 525,031 43.6% 36.3%
South Tucson 89 5,675 23.2% 30.8%
Eloy 90 17,062 50.9% 30.4%
Tolleson 91 6,707 37.5% 41.0%