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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
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  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Scottsdale is a city in Arizona with a population of 234,495. Scottsdale is in Maricopa County and is one of the best places to live in Arizona. Living in Scottsdale offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many young professionals and retirees live in Scottsdale and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Scottsdale are highly rated.
About Scottsdale...
Population
234,495

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$405,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,184
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Scottsdale Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    75
    283
  • Murder
    2
    6
  • Rape
    41
    41
  • Robbery
    40
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    349
    500
  • Theft
    1,726
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    98
    284
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Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$76,543
National
$55,322
Children
14%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    21%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

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Scottsdale is considered a luxurious city. We have plenty of visitors/tourist through the year. Some come for the heat during the summer and come for the winter months because there the live 65 degrees is a heavenly temperature to be in. We have some of the best dining options imaginable. You can go to neighboorhood restaurants or go to the five-star resorts, and eat with some of the best views. If you want to do some shopping while on a trip to Scottsdale you can go to many of our malls, whether it's outdoor or indoor we have many different options; from high-end luxury products to inexpensive items as well. We also have some of the best family-friendly neighbors. From what I see parents are so kind and their kids grow up in school together and everyone is friends with everyone. All in all, Scottsdale is a family friendly neighboorhood and would love to have any new people in the city!
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Scottsdale and it's surrounding areas are beautiful places to live and work, especially October through April. Winter and the immediate shoulder seasons are amazing!
That said, there are a few draw backs to the area to be considered. 1. The cost of housing is high, (in fairness, most highly desirable places to live and work are expensive). 2. The extreme summer heat is not easily escape-able as it is several hours drive to Flagstaff to the north or the White mountains to the east. Southern California is also an option, but again, a fairly long trip. 3. It's a suburb of Phoenix, a large metro area with a fair amount of crime that spills over into the Scottsdale area mostly in matters of theft, robbery etc.
I would invite anyone considering Scottsdale to take a close look at St. George, Utah on the Arizona border. Google it... or watch the Discover St. George video. They may find it enlightening!
I'm a new resident to Scottsdale, AZ who’s been learning and exploring the city. I'm an ultra marathon runner and foodie and Scottsdale has it going on with the local mountains and the culturally diverse food scene. - with its challenging landscape with steep, rugged mountains. I've been able to maintain a rigorous training routine, which is important to me.
In addition to the outdoor life, I'm thoroughly enjoying the food scene! There's an abundance of authentic food from many different cultures. Mexican is a favorite of mine and I've indulged myself after long runs with some smothered pork burritos!
Scottsdale is worth the investment because of the outdoor life, food scene and trails. I look forward to investing my experiences in health care to the community I am so fond of. It's a win, win as I see it!