Arizona Cities and Towns

Just a Few of Arizona's Finest Cities

Arizona has a rich variety of cities and towns, ranging from the largest city of Phoenix, with over 4 million population to the rural beauty of tiny Sedona. The Phoenix metropolitan area, known as ‘The Valley’ is envied for its high standard of living. Arizona residents can enjoy the beautiful natural resources, golf courses, health spas, shopping and a wide variety of opportunities for outdoor activities and sports. In Arizona there is somewhere for everyone to feel at home.

Queen Creek
Although the city of Queen Creek was only incorporated in 1989, it wasted no time in getting established. This family friendly town laid out ambitious plans for future development and planned amenities which includes a network of interconnected parks, trails and open spaces for hiking, biking and horseback riding. With its ‘home town’ atmosphere and low crime rates, Queen Creek is a sought after place to live.
Over 450,000 residents call Mesa home. They appreciate the low crime rate, excellent schools and affordable housing which can be found here. It is also a great place to do business, with plenty of skilled labor. The Mesa Arts Center has a full calendar of events and has no less than four theatres and the Shadow Walk area for outdoor entertainment. The Kino Aquatic Center is a great place to cool off with several swimming pools and fun slides. The cost of housing in Mesa is less than in the Phoenix Metropolitan area – another good reason why people choose to live and work here. Golf, hiking and biking are all popular in this area, and with year round sunshine it is easy to lead an active outdoor life.
Dating back to the late 1800s, Chandler has been the heart of a buzzing community for generations. The historic Downtown area with its restored buildings is now the center for restaurants, specialty shops, art and cultural amenities. There are many annual festivals here including the Ostrich Festival and the Chihuahua Races. Chandler draws many tourists to the area to play golf and enjoy the top class shopping. There are park areas for outdoor activities, a tennis center, an aquatic center with a full program of family activities and an arts center.
The small town community of Gilbert has a big community feel with projects such as ‘Shop Gilbert’ which is designed to encourage locals to shop in Gilbert and keep tax dollars in the town. Parks, workshops and the library are just some of the community resources which the town boasts. With 310 days of sunshine and just 7.6 inches of rainfall annually, the climate in perfect for outdoor activities. The Riparian Institute focuses on an outdoor program including bird watching and educational programs on its 110-acre site. Average family homes cost $270,000 and rentals run between $600 and $850. Arts and culture is strongly encouraged in this lively community. Gilbert certainly lives up to its motto ‘A Community of Excellence’.
Tempe has a population of around 166,000 yet it draws 4 million tourists to the area each year. They enjoy the Fiddlesticks fun park, the Kiwanis Community Park with boating lake, Arizona Mills Mall, the Historical Society Museum, the Sun Devil Football team, Planetarium, art museum and other attractions. Jobs are plentiful in the many national businesses based here which include Wells Fargo, Google, US Airways, Monster, Motorola and GoDaddy to name just a few. The city offers smart modern shops and hotels with 15 new hotels due to open in 2009. This is a fun, vibrant city with a youthful median age of just 28. Tempe is also the home of the Arizona State University and has a buzzing Convention and Visitor Bureau.
Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun boasts a robust economy and is very business friendly. Incorporated in 1881, it has grown rapidly to its current size as the largest city in Arizona today. It offers a rich diversity of art and cultural activities, plenty of hiking trails in the beautiful natural surroundings, sports, historic neighborhoods and more. Phoenix has a number of football, baseball and basketball teams and 15 stadiums and arenas to hold these activities in. It has an annual Special Olympics Event and runs a Daring Adventures program for those with disabilities. Cycling, hiking, biking and camping can be enjoyed by everyone.
Casa Grande
Casa Grande describes itself as a modern community with old fashioned values and that certainly appears to be true. The Hohokam Indian Ruins lie to the north of the city and there is a historical museum telling the history of the area. The historic railroad station is just one of the buildings on the historic tour. The Downtown area is currently being renovated. Casa Grande has a thriving community theatre and arts museum and the annual native American Indian O’Odham Tash festival features pow-wows, rodeos, dances and more. Excellent shopping, medical facilities and schools make Casa Grande a great place to live.
The upmarket town of Scottsdale is known for its golf courses, luxury spas and exclusive shopping. However, Scottsdale is not just for visitors. Downtown Scottsdale has theaters, museums and restaurants and the Museum of Contemporary Art and Center for the Performing Arts has a busy schedule. It draws many visitors to its Convention and Visitor Bureau, and has plenty of sporting facilities within the town. A free trolley is available to get around Scottsdale’s many shopping malls, especially with all those bags to carry! There are 11 parks in the area which cater for hiking, horseback riding, biking and rock climbing so active outdoor leisure pursuits are plentiful here.
The active community of Glendale always has something going on. The Historic Downtown area has a collection of antique shops selling everything from vintage clothing to antique toys. The town attracts many visitors to its festivals and history buffs will enjoy spending a day at the Historic Sahuaro Ranch and rose garden. There is a unique Bead Museum and a Police Museum or take a tour of the Cerreta Candy Company. Gourmet restaurants with international cuisine, top shopping and football all go to make up Glendale, one of the wealthiest zip codes in Arizona.
Tucson is one of the oldest towns in the United States, yet manages to be at the forefront of medical health services, optics technology and astronomy. The Kitt Peak National Observatory Visitor Center is just one of the attractions that make Tucson so popular with visitors and residents alike. Surrounded by the beauty of the Sonoran Desert and the Santa Catalina mountains, the city’s dry desert air and year-round sunshine make this a popular place to live. Tucson has museums, parks and art galleries as well as the Kartchner Caverns and Colossal Cave Mountain Park. Hiking, camping, biking and golf are just some of the activities in the Tucson area.
Known as Red Rock Country, Sedona is located in Arizona’s High Desert, surrounded many red-rock natural formations which are breathtakingly beautiful. Oak Creek Canyon draws many to experience Sedona for the first time, and they don’t want to leave! With an annual Restaurant Fest, the community of 10,000 population enjoys the best in recreation, arts and cultural activities and is a popular place with retirees. Affordable luxury real estate and fair property taxes (just 1%), mean that Sedona offers a great quality of life.
Rich in cultural, educational and recreational opportunities, Flagstaff offers clean mountain air, a historic Downtown, more than 200 restaurants and a variety of cultural and historic attractions. It is surrounded by some of Arizona’s most beautiful areas including the Coconino National Forest, the San Francisco Peaks, the Red Rocks of Sedona, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater and of course the Grand Canyon. With top shopping and dining, Flagstaff is a true gem to those fortunate enough to live here year round.