Top 12 Small Cities In Arizona


Sedona
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Arizona is internationally renowned for it natural beauty, its pleasant winters, varied recreational activities and diverse cultural opportunities. There’s no place on earth quite like the Grand Canyon State with 26 national parks, 27 state parks, assorted monuments, and many recreation areas and historic sites.

Which city in Arizona is the hottest, coolest, best place to live? We shine some light on this sizzling subject.

So without further ado, here are the top 12 small cities in The Grand Canyon State:

12. Sedona

The red sandstone formations that surround Sedona are incredible, and it’s easy to feel transfixed during sunset when the rocks start to glow. Sedona has an incredible number of long-term, resident artists, according to the Sedona Verde Valley Tourism Council’s website.

The major street in town is densely packed with eccentric galleries and food from places like The Sedona Fudge Company, which offers as many free samples as you can eat. The city also has a colorful Hollywood past as the site of dozens of famous movies and television shows.

In addition to its beautiful vistas and vibrant population, Sedona also offers its residents one of the safest living experiences in Arizona. Statistics website iDcide placed Sedona at sixth place for the lowest property crime rates in 2010, the latest year for which such statistics are possible.

Like other central Arizona towns, Sedona has a nice climate where the winters aren’t too cold, but the summers do tend to see the 90 degree range during the hottest months of the year. According to statistics from The Weather Channel, the average temperature in July is 96 and the average high temperature in December (the coldest month in Sedona) is 57.

There are many striking examples of red rock formations around Sedona, but one iconic building is the Chapel of the Holy Cross. Tourists often come to photograph the church that juts right out of the side of a mountain. It was designed by Marguerite Brunswig Staude, who was a pupil of Frank Lloyd Wright, according to the Sedona Tourism Council’s website.

As is to be expected in a town of such beauty and artistry, the real estate prices around Sedona do tend to sit on the higher side for averages in Arizona, according to real estate website Trulia. The median sales price for homes sits around $325,000 with many beautiful and extensive properties reaching the $1 million mark.


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