The Cromford Report

City Rankings - Annual Average Sales Price per Square Foot


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is owned and produced by Cromford Associates LLC, an Arizona limited liability company managed by Mike Orr and based in Mesa AZ.

Mike holds a masters degree in Mathematics from the University of Oxford in England and spent 31 years in the computer industry, working for IBM, Amdahl, Splash Technology and the Santa Cruz Operation. In his most recent positions he was President of Tarantella and CEO of Mobilearia.

He first started investing in real estate in 1976 and left the computer industry to focus on real estate in 2002.


This table ranks the cities by their annual average sales price per square foot. Only single family detached homes are included in these numbers. Information for the large and secondary cities is current as of the date shown. Data for the 11 small cities is updated on a monthly basis, and is measured on the 13th of each month.

The primary function of this table is to show the least and most affordable areas in the Phoenix metropolitan area together with longer term pricing trends.

Annual averages are based on a relatively large number of sales. Therefore they are not as subject to rapid change as monthly averages. The downside is that they do not necessarily represent the current market very accurately, since they include sales from up to a year ago. Pricing may have moved a great deal since then.

Note that Higley has been included in Gilbert and Ahwatukee and Desert Hills are included in Phoenix.

All statistics are for single family detached homes recorded on ARMLS as sold in the city shown.

Annual Average $/SF Now means the average sales price per square foot computed for the homes sold in the most recently measured 365 day period.

Annual Average $/SF Last Year means the average sales price per square foot computed for the homes sold in the same period one year earlier.

If the period includes February 29 then 366 days is used instead of 365.