Arizona residents enjoy beautiful weather year-round, affordable housing and a steady job market. They also have access to a wide variety of entertainment options including 22 national parks and monuments, James Beard-nominated restaurants, professional sports and more. With all of these attractions, it’s no surprise that Arizona is the 4th-fastest-growing state in the country.
However, as with all states, there are certain cities within Arizona that are less safe than others.
To help you figure out how safe your Arizona city is, we’ve put together a list of the most dangerous Arizona cities using data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program.
Here are the top 5 most dangerous cities in Arizona:
Note: The cities above were selected due to having the highest rates of violent crimes and property crimes out of all cities in Arizona with a population of at least 5,000. We used varying reports and studies, including information published by RoadSnacks.
Topping the list of Arizona’s most dangerous cities is Globe. Originally founded as a mining camp in 1876, Globe remained a frontier town for quite some time due to its isolated location.
Rooted in the Wild West, Globe’s history is laced with murders, stagecoach robberies, outlaws, lynchings and more. And it doesn’t seem like Globe has left that nefarious history behind.
When looking at the last few years, Globe's crime rates are actually on the rise.
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,141 (Most dangerous in AZ)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,380 (2nd most dangerous in AZ)
While the city of Tolleson is surrounded by flourishing municipalities, Tolleson itself hasn’t changed a whole lot over the last century.
While it’s 2nd on the most dangerous cities list, Tolleson surpasses Globe in property crime, with 1 in 10.9 residents being a victim. However, violent crime is actually on the decline with only 835 incidents per 100,000 people being reported.
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 835 (4th most dangerous in AZ)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 9,185 (Most dangerous in AZ)
Third on the list is Page, a small city near the Arizona/Utah border. Originally established as a temporary camp for construction workers, Page has become a self-sufficient city, benefiting from tourism generated by its proximity to various attractions and natural wonders.
While violent crime has fallen nearly 50% in the last couple of years, there’s still a 1 in 95 chance of being a victim and a 5% chance of being a victim of property crime.
While it’s not necessarily the safest city in Arizona, Page is a great place to visit if you’re looking for something to do outdoors. Page is located in the center of “Canyon Country” and is a short drive from the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion National Parks, Monument Valley and Canyon De Chelley.
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,042 (2nd most dangerous in AZ)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,108 (3rd most dangerous in AZ)
Winslow is the 4th most dangerous city in Arizona.
Although the property crime rate has dropped nearly 35% from 2019 to 2020, there are 4,000 property crimes reported for every 100,000 residents. Violent crime is also subsiding, with residents having a 1 in 98 chance of being a victim.
Winslow isn’t known for its wealth, either. According to the last census, the city's per capita income was $12,340 and around 20.9% of the population was living below the poverty line.
That being said, Winslow is a very charming city along Route 66. If you’re interested in history, there’s plenty to see— from the Arizona Meteor Crater to one of the largest and best-preserved collections of ancient petroglyphs in the world.
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 886 (3rd most dangerous in AZ)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,379 (5th most dangerous in AZ)
Tucson is the second-largest city in Arizona, so you’d think it’d be more dangerous than some of the others on this list. And while it has previously been ranked first, these days, Tucson’s crime rates are actually lower than ever.
Residents of Tucson have a 1 in 20.2 chance of becoming a victim of property crime. Violent crime is on a slow decline, with only 736 per every 100,000 people.
Crime rates aside, Tucson is an extremely popular place to live. Residents can explore the Saguaro National Park, hike the trails at the Sabino Canyon, and star gaze at Kitt Peak National Observatory.
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 736 (5th most dangerous in AZ)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,954 (4th most dangerous in AZ)
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