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  1. Public Schools
    A
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    A+
  9. Cost of Living
    C-
  10. Health & Fitness
    A
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A-
Scottsdale is a city in Arizona with a population of 246,026. Scottsdale is in Maricopa County and is one of the best places to live in Arizona. Living in Scottsdale offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Scottsdale there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. 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
246,026

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$455,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$1,284
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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Scottsdale Rankings

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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
    63.7
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    52.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    42.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    254.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,602.1
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    101.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    8%
  • 10-17 years
    8%
  • 18-24 years
    6%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    15%
  • 65+ years
    23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    22%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    35%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    27%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    3%
    13%

Working in Scottsdale

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$84,601
National
$55,322
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Scottsdale Reviews

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There are some great aspects of Scottsdale, and there is some really annoying things about Scottsdale. The area is very neat and clean! The mall around the area has many fancy and expensive places to go and experience new things! There are quite a few problems however. The first problem is that there are cameras at every light and will take pictures if you are speeding at all. It is very frustrating. The roads are horrible, and the people here are often stuck up and aggressive. Especially on the roads. I often struggle to get out of the house because I am stressed when I have to drive with people who are so stuck up and think that the road is theirs and theirs alone. The price of apartments and homes are too high for the quality of life. I think Scottsdale needs to change a lot of their scene to make it more appeasing to the middle class.
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Scottsdale has been a great place to live overall. It is well maintained and has great shopping and dining choices offering a range of cuisine. It also is pretty low on crime and feels safe wherever you go. There are also lots of opportunities to be outside with parks and green belts and lots of community members made good use of them. It is nice to see so many people out walking, running, biking, etc. and does being in a sense of community which can be harder to find nowadays. Traveling through the city is also fairly convenience as the city runs more North to South which allows people to make use of the 101 freeway fairly easily. Main arteries also run along the city to make side streets a viable option when commuting. Although they can get busy during high commute times and street lights do add delay. There are some challenges though. Compared to other areas in the greater Phoenix area, Scottsdale has expensive real estate. More diversity is also needed!
I actually liked Scottsdale when I moved here. There’s lots of cool places to shop and fun restaurants to try. It’s the people here that are terrible. Everyone is too good for each other and very fake. Also, all of the older people people at least in my neighborhood (Villages One at Gainey Ranch) HATE the young people, so if you’re below age 80 this is not the place for you. NOT friendly people, will leave nasty notes on your door and confront you while you’re walking your dogs, saying that your dogs are not welcome because of “breed and size” restrictions that do not exist in my neighborhood. Neighbors will LOOK for things to complain about. Not an exaggeration, I have caught my neighbor peering into my window and 4am....and then complaining about my dogs barking at her....what did you think was going to happen, lady? Again, don’t live here if you love your dogs and are under age 80. But if you’re old and have hate in your heart you might find some friends here!