Arizona is not known as an expensive place to live. However, there are some places that are more affordable than others. Some cities like North Scottsdale can fetch prices of 26 million. If that price tag is out of your range you may want to know about these 5 most affordable cities in Arizona.
This quiet mountain town is one of the coziest places you can find in Arizona. Not only is the tiny town snuggled at the base of Mt. Humphreys but the people there are also warm and welcoming. There you don’t have to have a lot of money to have it all. In fact, approximately 30,000 college students call it home. The former railroad town is still a bustling economy for adults, besides those who work at Northern Arizona University. Home to legendary Lowell Observatory, residents of Flagstaff also enjoy the world’s first International Dark Sky City. Thanks to city leaders who passed an ordinance that limits artificial light in the evenings, the sky is always dark, so you can discover everything the night sky has to offer at the soaring seven thousand feet altitude of Flagstaff.
The median home price is $263,000.
The median household income $48,120.
This is one of the most popular cities in the United States, and, as it continues to grow, the affordability is one of Chandler’s best selling points. Second to the price tag of homes in the area, the suburbs here offer about 330 sunny days a year. That gives residents tons of opportunities to take in the world-class golf courses, dining, shopping in the downtown area, not to mention the Historic Places listed in the National Register. If you are looking for a city to celebrate in, Chandler hosts a large Ostrich Festival in March, Cinco de Mayo in May, Chihuahua races and an impressive city lights display during Christmas, that features a tree made of over 2,000 tumbleweeds.
The median home price is $235,400.
The median household income $73,000.
Oro Valley, Tucson
Located on the outskirts of Tucson, Oro Valley offers impressive views of the city, yet it is the cheapest place to live in Arizona. Not only that, but in recent years the area has also attracted attention for offering numerous jobs from companies like Honeywell, Sanofi-Aventis, and Ventana Medical Systems.
People there also enjoy the recreational facilities including golf, bicycling hiking, and camping opportunities at Catalina State Park. Also, home to a 13-acre preserve known as Honey Bee Village houses prehistoric remains of an ancient Native American Hohokam village. Shockingly, this stunning city is one of the cheapest places to live in Arizona.
In Oro Valley:
The median home price is $74,480.
The median household income $276,600.
Another Arizona suburb where living is affordable, Gilbert is on the higher end of the income bracket. Here, the crime rate is low, and the city is considered a great place to raise a family. Because people tend to make a comfortable living in Gilbert, recreational opportunities include hiking and equestrian trails, plus the Riparian at Water Ranch where you can see over 250 different bird species.
The median home price is $81,485.
The median household income $231,100.
The 1.25-million acre Prescott National Forest attracts outdoor trail enthusiasts and hikers from all over the world. Residents here are water lovers as Lynx, Willow, Watson, and Goldwater lakes are all nearby. In this cute mountain town, you may also be able to catch a re-enactment of a Wild West style gunfight.
The median home price is $265,500.
The median household income $45,190.
Many cities across the U.S. are so posh and glitzy they can be considered unaffordable by most people. However, there are tons of delightful places you can call home for a reasonable price. These are just 5 of the most affordable cities in Arizona – one of the most beautiful states on the map.