There are lots of people who throw the term ‘ghetto’ around. But where is the actual ghetto in Arizona?
How do you decide if a place is ghetto or not? You ask the internet. According to the Urban Dictionary, a ghetto is defined as:
“urban; of or relating to (inner) city life” and “poor; of or relating to the poor life.”
Using that criteria, it’s not hard to scrape the internet, run some scientific data on where ghettos might exist in a state, and then put out a list.
After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as the most ghetto places in Arizona:
- South Tucson (Photos)
- Tolleson (Photos)
- Somerton (Photos)
- Globe (Photos)
- Coolidge (Photos)
- Eloy (Photos)
- El Mirage (Photos)
- Kingman (Photos)
- Apache Junction (Photos)
- Holbrook (Photos)
Read on below to see where your home town ranked and why. Or, if this is not up your alley, read about the most redneck towns in Arizona.
What ghetto criteria did we use for Arizona?
In order to rank the most ghetto places in Arizona, we had to determine what criteria defines a ghetto city or neighborhood.
Since a ghetto is defined as a poor area, we used income levels, crime, and education levels as a guide to determine where the most broke citizens in the Grand Canyon State live.
Additionally, the staples of inner city life include cheap and discounted retail outlets.
We started by making a list of every place in Arizona with more than 5,000 people based on the 2010-2014 American Community Survey. That left us with over 32 places in Arizona.
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Google Place data and FBI crime data in addition to the census, this is the criteria we used:
- Household income levels
- % Of adults without a high school diploma
- Number of convenience stores
- Number of drug stores
- Number of discount stores
Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a 10 mile radius of a city’s center.
All of these results are listed in a per capita basis. Meaning number of stores per person in a city. Additionally, high school graduation rates are determined by looking at the total number of people who live in a city, not the current graduation rate of an area’s high schools.
1. South Tucson
Population: 5,675Median Income: $23,778
Drug Stores: 40
Discount Stores: 55
Population: 6,707Median Income: $34,485
Drug Stores: 21
Discount Stores: 56
Population: 14,679Median Income: $31,178
Drug Stores: 10
Discount Stores: 14
Population: 7,463Median Income: $42,639
Drug Stores: 3
Discount Stores: 4
Population: 12,058Median Income: $40,875
Drug Stores: 2
Discount Stores: 5
Population: 17,062Median Income: $27,701
Drug Stores: 4
Discount Stores: 6
7. El Mirage
Population: 32,600Median Income: $47,564
Drug Stores: 60
Discount Stores: 40
Population: 28,381Median Income: $42,859
Drug Stores: 7
Discount Stores: 10
9. Apache Junction
Population: 36,965Median Income: $36,771
Drug Stores: 15
Discount Stores: 13
Population: 5,003Median Income: $43,705
Drug Stores: 1
Discount Stores: 2
There You Have It
If you’re measuring the locations in Arizona where there are a high number of poor and uneducated residents, and where there are a high number of discounted shopping stores, this is an accurate list.
Additionally, here are the least ghetto places in Arizona:
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Detailed List Of The Most Ghetto Cities In Arizona