Re: Relocating to Phoenix Arizona (east valley) need help
It's hard to say, honestly. That area has some really good neighborhoods mixed with not-so good ones.
A 30 minute commute is pretty standard from most areas of the Valley. I live in west Mesa and it takes me about 30-35 minutes. Even if you are a few miles away, the street traffic often takes just as long as using the freeways.
Awhatukee (technically Phoenix, but it's its own little community. I think the zip code is 85044) might be a good bet. Lots of families there and it's pretty safe from what I understand. It's fairly close to the airport as well.
Depending on your budget, Tempe and Scottsdale are usually a good bet safety-wise. Tempe is a college town, which has its pros and cons (really good coffee shops! haha). Scottsdale is pretty nice, though the north side of that has the stereotype of being snooty and snobbish.