These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In Arizona


We looked at years of science and data to determine which places in AZ are really ghetto.

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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:

  1. South Tucson (Photos)
  2. Tolleson (Photos)
  3. Somerton (Photos)
  4. Globe (Photos)
  5. Coolidge (Photos)
  6. Eloy (Photos)
  7. El Mirage (Photos)
  8. Kingman (Photos)
  9. Apache Junction (Photos)
  10. 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.

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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.

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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
  • Crime

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

South Tucson, Arizona

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,675
Median Income: $23,778
Drug Stores: 40
Discount Stores: 55

2. Tolleson

Tolleson, Arizona

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,707
Median Income: $34,485
Drug Stores: 21
Discount Stores: 56

3. Somerton

Somerton, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,679
Median Income: $31,178
Drug Stores: 10
Discount Stores: 14

4. Globe

Globe, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,463
Median Income: $42,639
Drug Stores: 3
Discount Stores: 4

5. Coolidge

Coolidge, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,058
Median Income: $40,875
Drug Stores: 2
Discount Stores: 5

6. Eloy

Eloy, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,062
Median Income: $27,701
Drug Stores: 4
Discount Stores: 6

7. El Mirage

El Mirage, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,600
Median Income: $47,564
Drug Stores: 60
Discount Stores: 40

8. Kingman

Kingman, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,381
Median Income: $42,859
Drug Stores: 7
Discount Stores: 10

9. Apache Junction

Apache Junction, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,965
Median Income: $36,771
Drug Stores: 15
Discount Stores: 13

10. Holbrook

Holbrook, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,003
Median 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:

  1. Peoria
  2. Surprise
  3. Buckeye
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Detailed List Of The Most Ghetto Cities In Arizona

City Rank Population Median Income Drug Stores Discount Stores
South Tucson 1 5,675 $23,778 40 55
Tolleson 2 6,707 $34,485 21 56
Somerton 3 14,679 $31,178 10 14
Globe 4 7,463 $42,639 3 4
Coolidge 5 12,058 $40,875 2 5
Eloy 6 17,062 $27,701 4 6
El Mirage 7 32,600 $47,564 60 40
Kingman 8 28,381 $42,859 7 10
Apache Junction 9 36,965 $36,771 15 13
Holbrook 10 5,003 $43,705 1 2
San Luis 11 30,139 $31,064 7 6
Camp Verde 12 10,965 $35,809 2 5
Page 13 7,374 $54,208 2 2
Wickenburg 14 6,629 $38,916 2 2
Nogales 15 20,699 $27,567 1 6
Tempe 16 166,975 $48,183 45 60
Chino Valley 17 10,879 $43,238 2 3
Prescott Valley 18 39,575 $42,973 6 7
Prescott 19 40,130 $45,190 9 6
Casa Grande 20 50,316 $44,719 7 6
Florence 21 26,513 $48,503 4 5
Payson 22 15,234 $42,987 1 2
Flagstaff 23 67,419 $48,120 5 4
Yuma 24 93,078 $44,166 1 1
Phoenix 25 1,490,758 $46,881 45 60
Mesa 26 452,091 $48,259 51 38
Sahuarita 27 26,441 $65,183 6 4
Gilbert 28 223,131 $81,485 60 37
Chandler 29 245,231 $72,072 42 36
Buckeye 30 54,927 $58,703 4 4
Surprise 31 121,648 $59,094 18 7
Peoria 32 160,231 $63,025 13 3

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