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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B+
Phoenix is a city in Arizona with a population of 1,574,421. Phoenix is in Maricopa County and is one of the best places to live in Arizona. Living in Phoenix offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Phoenix there are a lot of coffee shops and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Phoenix and residents tend to have moderate political views. The public schools in Phoenix are above average.
About Phoenix...
Population
1,574,421

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$197,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$954
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    47%
  • Own
    53%
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Phoenix Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    481.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    9.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    69.5
    40.7
  • Robbery
    200.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    778.6
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,426.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    465.5
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    15%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    16%
  • 35-44 years
    14%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    11%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    10%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    23%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    19%
    13%

Working in Phoenix

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$52,080
National
$55,322
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Phoenix Reviews

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Phoenix, AZ. A place that is always sunny and surrounded by mountains. I’ve visited many places in my life and although Phoenix may not have breathtaking views throughout the city. There is much to do anywhere in the city. I have been around the country and I think that Phoenix hours are open late because the nightlife is alive and awake. There are so many places you can go at 11PM without it being too late. Almost everything is open until 10PM! If you’re interested in living here, it is very inexpensive and it doesn’t take a long time to get across the city. It’s also really beautiful up north which makes Arizona on of the nicest places to live in! Although summers are awful here, most of the time it is pleasant 😊
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I’ve been living in Phoenix my entire life. Arizona has some of the best sunsets and sunrises ever; the crimson red, fiery oranges, and deep purples swirl and mix as the sun goes down. It gets really hot! You can probably cook an egg outside. The safety, affordability... all really depends on where you’ll live or visit. Personally, my family isn’t blessed with money, and the area we live in is horrible. There are always car accidents; it’s actually pretty scary. Despite all the downsides, there are various activities available, like going hiking or swimming.
I've lived in more than 7 cities over the past 10 years, and I think Phoenix is one of the best by far. It has so many activities and events to participate in all throughout the year. Though summer can be brutal, the pretty much lack of seasons allows you to play basketball outside in the middle of winter, and grill burgers and hot dogs for Thanksgiving! There are some areas that can still be improved upon, but that goes for anywhere in the world! The diverse culture is also openly seen, you rarely ever meet some FROM Arizona, because people from around the country move there for it's benefits. This means you'll meet all kinds of people everywhere you go!