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  • Peter Ellefson

Top 10 places to live In Arizona in 2022

Here are the Top 10 best places to live in Arizona, based on public voting for the 2022. This is based purely on opinion.

1. Town of Gilbert - Gilbert is a town in Maricopa County located southeast of Phoenix within the city's metropolitan area. Incorporated on July 6, 1920, Gilbert was once known as the "Hay Shipping Capital of the World". Gilbert has a population of over 272,000.

2. City of Peoria - Peoria is a city in Maricopa and Yavapai counties. Most of the city is located in Maricopa County, while a portion in the north is in Yavapai County. It is a major suburb of Phoenix. As of the 2020 census, the population of Peoria was 190,985.

3. City of Scottsdale - Scottsdale is a desert city in Arizona east of state capital Phoenix. It's known for its spa resorts and golf courses, including TPC Scottsdale. Farther north, trails wind through McDowell Sonoran Preserve, a desertscape of hills, rock formations and cacti. Old Town Scottsdale has 1920s buildings and 19th-century olive trees. Scottsdale has a population of over 255,000.

4. City of Mesa - Mesa is a city just east of Phoenix. Mesa Grande Cultural Park is home to a giant, centuries-old ceremonial mound, and artifacts of the ancient Hohokam people. The Arizona Museum of Natural History exhibits dinosaur skeletons and archaeological finds. The nearby i.d.e.a. Museum offers hands-on artistic and scientific exhibits for kids. Mesa Arts Center presents theater, musicals and contemporary art. Mesa has a population of over 509,000.

5. City of Chandler - Chandler is a city in Maricopa County, and a suburb within the Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). It is bordered to the north and west by Tempe, to the north by Mesa, to the west by Phoenix, to the south by the Gila River Indian Community, and to the east by Gilbert. As of the 2020 census, the population of Chandler was 275,987.

6. City of Phoenix - Phoenix is the capital. Known for its year-round sun and warm temperatures, it anchors a sprawling, multicity metropolitan area known as the Valley of the Sun. It's known for high-end spa resorts, Jack Nicklaus–designed golf courses and vibrant nightclubs. Other highlights include the Desert Botanical Garden, displaying cacti and numerous native plants. Phoenix has a population of over 1.658 million.

7. City of Tempe - Tempe is a city just east of Phoenix. Its striking Tempe Center for the Arts hosts concerts, dance and comedy shows. Nearby, Tempe Town Lake is dotted with kayaks, pedal boats and paddleboards. Tempe Beach Park hosts outdoor festivals. Rising above the city, Hayden Butte is a mountain dotted with centuries-old rock art. Sporting events and concerts are held at Wells Fargo Arena. Tempe has a population of over 191,607.

8. Town of Queen Creek - Queen Creek is a town in Maricopa and Pinal counties. The population was 59,519 as of the 2020 census. It is a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona located in the far southeast area of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

9. City of Flagstaff - Flagstaff is a city in, and the county seat of, Coconino County in northern Arizona. In 2019, the city's estimated population was 75,038. Flagstaff's combined metropolitan area has an estimated population of 139,097.

10. City of Glendale - Glendale is a city in Maricopa County, located approximately 9 miles northwest of Downtown Phoenix. As of the 2020 census, it had a population of 248,325.

Are you an Arizona resident? Where do you live and do you think it should be on the list?

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