KINGMAN - A new study by website CreditDonkey ranks Kingman as the fourth best city to live in Arizona, beating out Prescott Valley, Flagstaff and Scottsdale for the honor.
The study is based on the odds of being a victim of a violent crime, commute time, income, residents who attended some college but don't have a degree, and restaurants per capita. The data used in the study came from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The top 10 cities, in order, were Lake Havasu City, Sedona, Sierra Vista, Kingman, Cottonwood, Gilbert, Scottsdale, Marana, Prescott Valley and Flagstaff.
"I'm not surprised about the ranking," said Dora Manley, a member of the Kingman Chamber of Commerce's board of directors and a local businesswoman. "As a citizen of Kingman, I think it's the best city in Arizona, mainly because of the schools and the low crime rate. It's a bigger city that has a small-town atmosphere. We have a real treasure here and it's one of the best-kept secrets in Arizona."
According to the study, the odds of being a victim of violent crime in Kingman are one in 308.
The commute time is 17.4 minutes, and the average income is $44,859 a year.
A total of 30.1 percent of the estimated 11,279 residents attended some college but have no degree, and there is one restaurant per 443 inhabitants.
CreditDonkey, based in Pasadena, Calif., publishes data-driven analysis to help consumers save money and make savvy financial decisions. Charles Tran, founder of CreditDonkey, said Kingman was ranked fourth because it is a promising city to live in and is moving in the right direction.
The city's crime rate is a bit troubling, said Tran, especially when compared to the other top cities' crime rates. But there has been a significant improvement in Kingman's crime rate over the past decade. Tran said people need the study information because they might believe assumptions from years ago while the city actually is making positive strides toward the future.
"Kingman offers the best of a small-town size with the accessibility to a metropolitan area for employment opportunities," said Tran. "In fact, it was surprising for us to see a small city outrank cities like Scottsdale and Gilbert. What made Kingman stand out in our rankings was the low commute time and respectable number of restaurants relative to the population size, two factors that most busy professionals will appreciate."