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A lot of out-of-towners have asked me about diversity and the best places to live in Phoenix. The answer is No. Black people amount to 7 percent of the Maricopa County population US Census Bureau and we are spread out all over the Phoenix metropolitan area. Being spread out all over Maricopa County is weakening our bond with each other. As a native, I realize that the entire Phoenix area can a desirable place for African Americans to live if you are open-minded and proactive about finding activities, business opportunities and friends. Laveen — I would move there for the affordability, the proximity to downtown Phoenix and the potential.
I live just east of Laveen in south Phoenix and homes are very affordable.
Great homes from sq. Shopping centers, restaurant and entertainment venues are coming, but right now Laveen has little night life. South Phoenix — You gotta pick your spots in south Phoenix!
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Some neighborhoods are beautiful, safe and affordable. Some of the more expensive, upscale neighborhoods offer great views of the Valley and they are safe. But some of the neighborhoods can be unsafe — especially at night. I live in South Phoenix and I am proud of it. For the most part, the people are down-to-earth and friendly. You can find affordable homes, shopping centers, some restaurants, some entertainment venues, but South Phoenix definitely has much room to grow. The schools are the main drawback. Central Phoenix — Is my top choice for single people of all races.
I advise all single people who move here to start out in central Phoenix and once you get comfortable in the Valley, then consider moving out to the suburbs. Some parts of central Phoenix are gorgeous, some parts are not very flattering … you have to do your research before settling into your home. Great places to live and the homes are affordable.
Chandler and Gilbert have everything that a family would need — malls, restaurants, top-rated schools, parks, etc. But Chandler and Gilbert are really spread out so you have to be careful. You could end up buying a home on the border of Mexico if you go too far south.
Ahwatukee — Great town for singles and families. Ahwatukee has a plethora of restaurants, retail stores, great schools, parks, etc. Seems to be one of the more ideal spots for Black people in the Valley. Mill Avenue is on the west end of the ASU campus and is a hot spot for bar, nightclubs, shopping and restaurants!
Love going there! Kiwanis Park is a popular spot for African American picnics, cultural events and activities.
However, Tempe has some rough spots here and there. Overall, I like Tempe — nice town for singles and younger families. Mesa — Mesa is one of the largest cities in Maricopa County. Mesa takes a great deal of pride in being a destination for families and is probably best known for its sizeable Mormon community. From December to March, many people from Canada and the northern regions of the United States visit Mesa to escape the cold weather and to watch Spring Training baseball games we call them snowbirds.
But be careful because some neighborhoods are really nice and some are rough! Scottsdale is considered as the Beverly Hills of Phoenix.
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Scottsdale is also home to many of my favorite restaurants and shopping malls! However, Scottsdale has little diversity in its population and the police force has a tendency to make us feel unwelcome be careful when you are leaving the clubs. The nightlife is getting better because of Westgate City Center and the Arrowhead district.
Westgate City Center is a good home for those who are looking for an urban lifestyle — nice condos, restaurants, shopping, entertainment and sports venues all in one spot! Glendale is spotty when it comes to finding a home.
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Some neighborhoods are nice, some are not-so-nice. However, Glendale has almost everything that a family needs. Parks, restaurants, movie theaters — you can get a great bang for your buck if you buy a home there. Peoria or Surprise — Too far out for me.
Not an ideal place to live if you are single. Not much diversity here. The diversity is improving in some of these towns. If you have any suggestions on good or bad neighborhoods in the Phoenix metro area, let us know!
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WalletHub just published an interesting report that can help you if you are considering a move to the Grand Canyon State. Mesa is a growing diverse quiet city. Az is great to place to live and raise a family. Tempe is another city where the police make Blacks not feel welcomed, especially on the night scene. Thank you for this article. I would like more information regarding Arizona. We are an African american family who currently live in Wisconsin, which is rank the worse state for African Americans to live especially males. We are looking at different places to move to.
I have a 12 year old son and an 18 year old daughter and my mother also will be relocating with us. My concerns are safety, schools, jobs and diversity. My son is in a lot of programs one of which is for black males. He also does a lot of summer camps. My daughter just finish high school a wants to go to massage and skin care school. I want to know if Arizona would be a good place for our family to succeed.
I have heard a lot of negative things about the school systems but would like to hear from a native. The school system is terrible. Lot of dropouts here. The black men here are color struck for white women. It is a very diverse place to live. Blacks and whites live side by side with each other.
Opportunity wise, this is a wonderful place for job opportunities. People are coming all over the country to live here. Lots of jobs. Kita, this is just the response I was looking for. I want to live among and date my own, and considering your feedback, looks like I should cross Arizona off my list of potential states.
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Thank you! I completely agree with Kita. My husband and I, both black are sadly an exception to the rule out here in Arizona. Hope this helps.