Poorest Cities In Arizona For 2023

We used science and data to determine which places in Arizona are basically dead broke.

Arizona brings to mind images of Phoenix, beautiful landscapes, and some of the best people you’ll find in the good ole US of A.

However, like all states, Arizona has certain places that are going on hard times. These Arizona places have an above average percent of people that are living in poverty, out of work, or not making as much as they should be.

With all the talk about income inequality going on around the country, we thought it prudent to take a look at the places in each state that are struggling to make it even as the economy continues to improve. So we set our sites on bringing attention to the poorest places in Arizona.

To do so, we analyzed the newest Census data from the American Community Survey for the 55 places in Arizona with more than 5,000 people.

Here are the ten poorest places in Arizona for 2023:

  1. Nogales
  2. Douglas
  3. Winslow
  4. San Luis
  5. Bullhead City
  6. Page
  7. Eloy
  8. Camp Verde
  9. Coolidge
  10. Guadalupe

Again, this isn’t a commentary on the people that live there or the vibrant culture and traditions of these places. Instead, it’s just a look at the facts.

What’s the poorst city in Arizona? According to the facts, Nogales is the poorest place in Arizona for 2023.

Rich people more your cup of tea? Feel free to check out the best places in Arizona or the most dangerous.

For more on how we calculated the top ten, and for more information about these places, read on.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the poorest states in America or the poorest cities in America.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2023. This is our tenth time ranking the poorest places in Arizona.

The 10 Poorest Cities In Arizona For 2023

1. Nogales

Nogales, unfortunately, ranks as the poorest place in Arizona thanks to combination of low pay and and a lack of jobs.

The city of 19,829 people averages the lowest median household income in Arizona and the 2nd highest poverty rate. At the very least, the cost of living ranks in the bottom 15% of place in the state, so things like housing are relatively affordable.

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Population: 19,829
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Income: $31,997 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 13.2% (3rd highest)
Poverty Rate: 29.8% (2nd highest)
More on Nogales:  Data | Photos

Nogales, AZ

Source: Public domain

2. Douglas

The second poorest city in Arizona is Douglas.

The city ranks as having the 6th highest incidence of poverty and 3rd lowest median household income. However, the unemployment rate ‘only’ ranks as the 2nd highest in the Grand Canyon State.

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Population: 16,470
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $39,479 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 13.5% (2nd highest)
Poverty Rate: 24.8% (6th highest)
More on Douglas:  Data | Photos

Douglas, AZ

3. Winslow

Placing as the third poorest city, Winslow’s median income ranks as the 4th lowest.

And that’s a sign that there’s a relatively substantial jump in the quality of the economy from second to third place on our list. The poverty rate is 25.42068965517241% and ranks near the bottom of places in the state.

But what makes up for the relatively low incomes of the city is its low cost of living. The income you do make here goes further than in most parts of the Grand Canyon State.

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Population: 8,961
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 16)
Median Income: $41,926 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 10.6% (4th highest)
Poverty Rate: 25.4% (4th highest)
More on Winslow:  Data | Photos

Winslow, AZ

Source: Public domain

4. San Luis

San Luis ranks as the fourth poorest place in Arizona.

The town ranks as having the 6th lowest median household income and the 5th highest incidence of poverty in the state.

That being said, there’s still a ton of cultural diversity in the city as it hosts many events throughout the year.

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Population: 35,289
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $43,630 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.9% (6th highest)
Poverty Rate: 25.1% (5th highest)
More on San Luis:  Data | Photos

San Luis, AZ

5. Bullhead City

The fifth poorest city in Arizona is Bullhead City.

The city ranks as having the 5th lowest median income in the state. However, an extremely low cost of living prevents a good number of folks from living in poverty as the poverty rate only ranks as the 11th highest in Arizona.

Still not the best news for Bullhead City.

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Population: 41,064
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Median Income: $43,368 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.1% (9th highest)
Poverty Rate: 19.9% (11th highest)
More on Bullhead City:  Data | Photos

Bullhead City, AZ

6. Page

Page ranks as the sixth poorest place in the Grand Canyon State.

It ranks as having the 3rd highest incidence of poverty and the 8th highest unemployment rate.

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Population: 7,466
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 8)
Median Income: $53,326 (18th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.1% (8th highest)
Poverty Rate: 29.3% (3rd highest)
More on Page:  Data | Photos

Page, AZ

7. Eloy

Eloy places as the seventh poorest city in Arizona.

The city of over 15,171 ranks as having the 8th highest incidence of poverty in the state. However, it has a very low cost of living which helps to pay the bills each month.

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Population: 15,171
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Income: $49,526 (15th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 9.1% (10th highest)
Poverty Rate: 23.5% (8th highest)
More on Eloy:  Data | Photos

Eloy, AZ

8. Camp Verde

Camp Verde ranks as the eighth poorest city in Arizona.

The big issue for the town is the unemployment rate which ranks as the 17th highest in the state.

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Population: 11,942
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Income: $46,563 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.0% (17th highest)
Poverty Rate: 23.6% (7th highest)
More on Camp Verde:  Data | Photos

Camp Verde, AZ

9. Coolidge

Coolidge couldn’t stay out of the top ten poorest places in Arizona; it ranks number 9.

While the median income is the 16th lowest, there are a substantial number of people that live below the poverty line. Overall, Coolidge ranks as having the 18th most people living in poverty of all the places we analyzed in Arizona.

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Population: 13,347
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $51,512 (16th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 14.2% (highest)
Poverty Rate: 18.0% (18th highest)
More on Coolidge:  Data | Photos

Coolidge, AZ

10. Guadalupe

And rounding out the top ten poorest cities in Arizona is Guadalupe.

The city of 5,334 people ranks in the bottom 20% for both median income and poverty rate in the Grand Canyon State.

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Population: 5,334
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Median Income: $45,114 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.4% (30th highest)
Poverty Rate: 34.6% (highest)
More on Guadalupe:  Data | Photos

Guadalupe, AZ

Methodology: How We Determined The Poorest Places In Arizona for 2023

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the poorest places is to simply the poverty rate. That is, the number of people living below a federally established level of income for a household of a certain size.

However, we don’t think that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the “poorest places”. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2017-2021 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income adjusted for the cost of living
  • Unemployment Rate

The “median household income adjusted for the cost of living” attempts to gauge how expensive it is to live in a place and how that impacts the quality of life. For example, a town might have fewer people living below the official poverty line, but the cost of living is so high they’d still feel poor.

The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for improvement in the city or town. If more people are employed, the brighter the future looks and vice versa.

After we collected the data for all 55 places with more than 5,000 people in Arizona, we ranked each place from 1 to 55 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the poorest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a “Poor Score” with the place having the lowest overall Poor Score, Nogales, crowned the “Poorest Place In Arizona For 2023”.

Summary: The Poorest Places In Arizona For 2023

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the poorest places in Arizona, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Arizona.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very bottom of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the richest cities in Arizona, according to data:

    Richest: Paradise Valley
    2nd Richest: Gilbert
    3rd Richest: Litchfield Park

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Detailed List Of The Poorest Places To Live In Arizona

Rank City Population Poverty Rate
1 Nogales 19,829 29.8%
2 Douglas 16,470 24.8%
3 Winslow 8,961 25.4%
4 San Luis 35,289 25.1%
5 Bullhead City 41,064 19.9%
6 Page 7,466 29.3%
7 Eloy 15,171 23.5%
8 Camp Verde 11,942 23.6%
9 Coolidge 13,347 18.0%
10 Guadalupe 5,334 34.6%
11 Tucson 538,167 19.8%
12 Somerton 14,126 19.6%
13 Snowflake 6,086 22.9%
14 Apache Junction 38,311 12.7%
15 Yuma 95,154 17.1%
16 Benson 5,252 14.0%
17 Flagstaff 76,228 17.4%
18 Show Low 11,623 12.5%
19 Kingman 32,204 12.4%
20 Casa Grande 53,488 14.1%
21 Cottonwood 12,073 19.2%
22 Globe 7,185 21.1%
23 Tolleson 7,180 18.4%
24 Safford 9,981 19.5%
25 Tempe 178,862 18.2%
26 Glendale 245,685 17.3%
27 Sedona 9,723 11.3%
28 Youn 6,908 14.1%
29 El Mirage 35,410 14.6%
30 Phoenix 1,591,119 15.4%
31 Florence 25,356 10.9%
32 Thatcher 5,172 13.3%
33 Lake Havasu City 56,510 11.9%
34 Chino Valley 12,854 5.6%
35 Payson 16,229 9.4%
36 Sierra Vista 44,944 11.1%
37 Wickenburg 7,359 15.2%
38 Prescott 45,063 11.2%
39 Prescott Valley 46,014 11.6%
40 Avondale 88,065 11.6%
41 Sahuarita 33,524 8.9%
42 Mesa 497,752 12.1%
43 Goodyear 93,651 6.4%
44 Surprise 141,875 7.5%
45 Peoria 187,733 8.4%
46 Fountain Hills 23,639 5.6%
47 Chandler 272,439 7.5%
48 Maricopa 57,075 6.9%
49 Queen Creek 57,728 4.5%
50 Marana 50,834 5.6%
51 Oro Valley 46,515 6.7%
52 Scottsdale 238,685 6.7%
53 Litchfield Park 6,656 7.1%
54 Gilbert 262,249 5.4%
55 Paradise Valley 12,666 4.1%