Everything You Need to Know about the Best Phoenix Suburbs

There are few metro areas in the United States, like Phoenix, AZ. It would be an oversimplification to say it’s “sprawling,” although technically correct. Yes, they have crammed more houses here than they probably should have. However, it’s done with such panache that you can forgive city planners. There’s so much to do, see and enjoy in the Phoenix suburbs too! Exciting college bars, high-end resorts, poolside retreats, and gorgeous farms await you. Plus, getting around is (relatively) easy, thanks to the city’s great freeways. 

If you’re planning to move to Phoenix and looking for the perfect suburb, you’re in luck! CA Storage has the best Phoenix suburbs below and everything you need to know about them. Read on to discover the suburbs that make living in the Phoenix metro area a genuine pleasure!


Looking for the #1 Best Suburb to raise a family in Phoenix? If yes, Gilbert is your destination! It’s rated highly for families, has excellent public schools, and is exceptionally diverse. Crime levels in Gilbert are some of the lowest in the Phoenix metro area.  What used to be a sleepy farm town has grown into a beautiful community only 30 minutes from Phoenix. Gilbert offers many excellent restaurants, and, not surprisingly, most offer a farm-to-table menu. One thing to remember is that Gilbert has a higher cost of living than some surrounding suburbs.

Old Town Scottsdale

Downtown in Old Town Scottsdale rivals Phoenix for sports, major events, and fun! The attraction is that it’s a friendlier, more relaxed vibe and is highly walkable. Indeed, it’s one of the most charming of the Phoenix suburbs. The Scottdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) is a huge draw, as is the world-class artwork you’ll find around town. The nightlife in Old Town Scottsdale is a blast, and there are several acclaimed restaurants to enjoy. Plus, it’s a mere 25 minutes from the city’s center! In short, Old Town Scottsdale is one of the best suburbs in Phoenix.


It would be easy to call Temp a “college town,” and that be the end of it. However, Tempe is so much more! There’s Tempe Town Lake and its urban park, where rowing, biking, and boating are the bomb! Tempe’s Downtown is always exciting, with phenomenal festivals and events every weekend! Fancy a craft beer and something to eat? Then you’ll find Tempe’s variety of craft breweries right up your alley! Tempe’s only 20 minutes from Phoenix, making the drive a breeze. And, yes, Arizona State University calls Tempe home, and we’re proud of that fact. Just don’t mistake us for the typical college town!

Fountain Hills

Have you ever seen a fountain that’s larger than the Washington Monument? If not, the fountain in Fountain Hills will blow your mind! However, if you’re more interested in seeing wide-open desert spaces, they surround Fountain Hills. It’s an outdoor lovers’ paradise and offers several excellent golf courses. Excellent schools round out why you should give this Phoenix suburb a good, hard look.


The downtown area of Chandler is simply gorgeous, with rows of mature trees lining the area. This slick suburb is community-minded and holds various events throughout the year. There are several parks, museums, and some spectacular art galleries to enjoy. The public schools in Chandler have an A-, and not surprisingly, it’s highly rated for families. Chandler also happens to be the #1 Best Suburb in Phoenix, according to Niche

Cave Creek

Cave Creek has many highly-rated schools and lots of exciting and activities. This lovely suburb is also minutes from Horshoe Lake, Bartlett Lake, and Tonto National Forest. That means you’ll find many exciting and adventurous activities to enjoy. A botanical garden, museums, and even a raptor rescue are closer to home! Nightlife is a little slower here, and the commute to Phoenix is inconvenient. Still, Cave Creek is well deserving of your time if you’re looking for a Phoenix suburb to call home.


NFL fans will love the fact that the Arizona Cardinals play in Glendale. Also, another Super Bowl is coming in 2023 (which will hopefully feature the local team). Cactus League spring training happens here, with the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers taking the field. Non-sports fans will enjoy the antique shops and vintage stores in Glendale. Plus, for the kids, you’ve got several excellent candy shops. Speaking of kids, the public schools in Glendale have a B rating. It might not be the best Phoenix suburb, but it’s certainly up there! 

Queen Creek

The best words to describe Queen Creek are cozy, peaceful, and charming. You’ll find beautiful parks, miles of trails, and several working farms here. Plus, if you’re a fan of horseback riding, you’ll have many opportunities to get back in the saddle. Public schools in Queen Creek are excellent, and it’s rated very highly for families. The commute into Phoenix is long, and the cost of living is slightly higher than most. Still, if a laid-back, tranquil Phoenix suburb is what you seek, Queen Creek fits the bill nicely. 


Peoria is perfect if you long for the rugged terrain of the Sonoran Desert and its pristine natural beauty. The sunsets here are breathtaking, and the outdoor recreation activities are plentiful. Public Schools? They get an A- and Peoria is highly rated for families and diversity. The job market in Peoria is also one of the best in the Phoenix Metro area. The only caveat is that Peoria has a problem with property crime. Besides that, however, it’s a wonderful Phoenix suburb to call home. 

Phoenix’s Best Suburbs, brought to you by CA Storage.

As you can see, Phoenix has more than a few sublime suburbs you can explore. Many would make a wonderful place to live, work, and raise a family. CA Storage offers several self-storage facilities in the Phoenix Metro area. All have clean, safe, and secure storage units where you can store almost anything.

We recommend reserving a storage unit in Phoenix before you get here. When you do, it will be ready and waiting for you or your movers. The upside? Once your things are safely stored, you can search for your new Phoenix suburb at your own pace. 

If you have questions about self-storage, please see our Phoenix Self Storage location page. You will find the CA Storage self-storage facilities in Phoenix, AZ, with phone numbers and addresses. By the way, you can stop by any of our Phoenix self-storage locations and meet the onsite manager. They’re friendly, knowledgeable, and can help you choose the perfect storage unit for your needs.

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