North Phoenix & Anthem Make Top 25 List of Best Places to Live in the Valley

When someone makes a list of the Top 25 best places to live in the greater Phoenix area, they’re probably not leaving many places out. Nonetheless, North Phoenix and Anthem both made the new list, published by Niche, a web site that ranks U.S. schools and neighborhoods.

In the No. 10 spot was North Gateway, defined by Niche as a broad swath of the I-17 corridor from Tramonto through Sonoran Foothills down to Fireside at NorterraAnthem came in at No. 14, taking a hit on its C- night-life ranking.

The rankings—no doubt fodder for discussion if not argumentation—considered such things as quality of local schools, crime rates, housing trends, employment statistics, night life and access to amenities, from sources such as  Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the FBI. See the full list and some highlights below.



At the top of the list: Chandler, Gilbert and Ahwatukee Foothills, which each got overall A+ ratings. No. 4 through No. 9 each got overall A ratings.

Local highlights:

No. 10: North Gateway
Population: 22,986
Median Home Value: $321,941

Overall Rating: A-
Housing: A-
Good for Families: A-
Public Schools: A-
Jobs: B-
Commute: B+

Nightlife: B-

No. 14: Anthem
Population: 22,571
Median Home Value: $298,700

Overall Rating: A-
Housing: B
Good for Families: A-
Public Schools: A-
Jobs: B+
Commute: B

Nightlife: C-

The full list:

  1. Chandler
  2. Gilbert
  3. Ahwatukee Foothills
  4. Scottsdale
  5. Tempe
  6. Paradise Valley
  7. Desert View
  8. Paradise Valley (separate section)
  9. Litchfield Park
  10. North Gateway
  11. Camelback East
  12. Peoria
  13. Queen Creek
  14. Anthem
  15. Deer Valley
  16. Mesa
  17. Phoenix
  18. Fountain Hills
  19. Encanto
  20. North Mountain
  21. Goodyear
  22. Rio Vista
  23. Carefee
  24. Cave Creek
  25. Laveen

Several of the Top 25 got C grades for cost of living, including Anthem and North Gateway. The least competitive category: weather (looks like everybody got an A+).

Robert Roy Britt
NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels.
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NoPho resident Robert Roy Britt has written for In&Out publications since its inception in 2005. Britt began his journalism career in New Jersey newspapers in the early 1990s. He later became a science writer and was editor-in-chief of the online media sites Space.com and Live Science. He has written four novels.

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