Snowflake named best city in Arizona for young families

Apr 21, 2015, 9:00 AM | Updated: 9:00 am
...

PHOENIX — As Arizona grows as a state each year, many individual cities have seen major growth in relation.

The state, as a whole, has seen a population increase of 750 percent since 1950 — 6,392,017 residents from 749,587. Due to the growth, many communities have sprung up quickly and efficiently with young families in mind, according to NerdWallet.com.

NerdWallet analyzed the home affordability, prosperity and growth, quality of education and family friendliness in each Arizona city to compile a list of the best cities for young families.

Snowflake

Although Snowflake houses a mere 5,566 residents, it makes up for its small size in affordable housing and good schools. Snowflake’s GreatSchools score is an 8 out of 10, while the town’s median home price is $131,900, well below the statewide average of $165,100.

Corona de Tucson

Located on the edge of the Coronado National Forest, Corona de Tucson offers families exclusive hiking, camping and mountain-biking opportunities, along with a score of 9 of the GreatSchools scale. Corona de Tucson also houses the second-highest proportion of families in the state with 39 percent.

Vail

Vail, a neighbor to Corona de Tucson, has a slightly higher home price — a median of $232,400. The town has also seen strong economic growth, with median family incomes increasing more than 78 percent since 1999.

Buckeye

While Buckeye might be the westernmost Phoenix suburb, it has one of the lowest median home price on the list at $135,400. Located on the border of both White Tanks and Skyline Regional Parks, there is more than enough to keep young families occupied.

Sahuarita

As a western neighbor to both Corona de Tucson and Vail, it is no surprise that Sahuarita made the list at No. 5. The town offers exclusive celebrations such as Fiesta Sahuarita, which commemorates the town’s founding, as well as the most affordable homes in the area, with a median home price of $186,100.

Queen Creek, Gilbert, Sierra Vista, Surprise and Chander round out the top 10 cities.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey speaks at an event touting a new universal school voucher progra...
Associated Press

Gov. Doug Ducey takes victory lap over Arizona school voucher plan

Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and backers of universal school vouchers took a victory lap Tuesday over legislation the Republican-controlled Legislature enacted in June.
19 hours ago
(Twitter Photo/@DougDucey)...
KTAR.com

Here’s why a portion of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s new border wall was temporarily knocked over

Within days of announcing action to fill in border wall gaps near Yuma, a portion of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's new barrier was temporarily knocked over Monday morning. Here's the explanation from the governor's office.
19 hours ago
(Twitter Photo/@MaricopaVote)...
Kevin Stone

3-vote margin triggers automatic recount in Maricopa County primary race

One race in the Maricopa County’s recent primary election was so close that it triggered an automatic recount under state law.
19 hours ago
(Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Newsmakers)...
Associated Press

Battles rage in Arizona courts over 3 voter initiatives

Proponents of three voter initiatives who each turned in hundreds of thousands of signatures last month to qualify them for the November ballot are trying to beat back legal challenges that could prevent them from going before voters.
19 hours ago
Republican gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake said Arizona needs “to have a comprehensive plan” fo...
Kevin Stone

Kari Lake, Arizona’s GOP nominee for governor, calls water supply ‘maybe the top issue’

With Arizona facing reduced access to Colorado River water, GOP gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake said securing the state’s supply is “maybe the top issue."
19 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)...
KTAR.com

Police arrest man after fatal stabbing over lighter in Mesa

Maricopa County Sheriffs arrested a man in Mesa Sunday after he fatally stabbed another man 50 to 70 times in an altercation.
19 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Dr. Richard Carmona

Great news: Children under 5 can now get COVID-19 vaccine

After more than two years of battle with an invisible killer, we can now vaccinate the youngest among us against COVID-19. This is great news.
(Courtesy Condor)...
Condor Airlines

Condor Airlines shows passion for destinations from Sky Harbor with new-look aircraft

Condor Airlines brings passion to each flight and connects people to their dream destinations throughout the world.
...
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Update your child’s vaccines before kindergarten

So, your little one starts kindergarten soon. How exciting! You still have a few months before the school year starts, so now’s the time to make sure students-to-be have the vaccines needed to stay safe as they head into a new chapter of life.
Snowflake named best city in Arizona for young families