These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In Arizona


We used science and data to determine which cities in Arizona are the unhappiest of all.

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Do you live in one of the most miserable places in Arizona?

According to a Harris Poll taken in October of 2015, only a third of Americans say they are truly happy. That’s too bad, considering that Americans – especially folks in Arizona – don’t really have it too bad, in the grand scheme of things.

But, we were curious – which Arizona cities might be the most miserable? We’re about to find out, using science and data.

After analyzing the largest cities, we sadly present the most miserable cities in the Grand Canyon State:

  1. Tolleson
  2. Eloy (Photos)
  3. South Tucson
  4. San Carlos
  5. Tucson (Photos)
  6. Summit
  7. New Kingman-Butler
  8. Nogales (Photos)
  9. Glendale (Photos)
  10. Phoenix (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably don’t live in one of these cities.

Oh, and by the way, Paradise Valley is the happiest place in Arizona.

Or check out the Most Miserable Cities In America.

If you’re looking for something more positive, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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How We Measured The Most Miserable Cities In Arizona

In order to rank the unhappiest places in Arizona, we had to determine what criteria makes people happy. It isn’t a stretch to assume that happy people earn great salaries, are relatively stress free, and have a stable home life.

So we went to the Census’s American Community Survey 2010-2014 report for the criteria, flipped the list, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Percentage of residents with a college degree
  • Average commute times
  • Unemployment rates
  • Cost of living
  • % of married couples
  • % of home owners
  • Poverty rate

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 108 places in Arizona with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 104 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the most miserable (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Miserable Index for each place with the lowest overall Miserable Index ‘earning’ the title ‘Most Miserable City In Arizona’.

If you’d like to see the complete list of states, most miserable to happiest, scroll to the bottom of this post to see the unabridged chart.

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1. Tolleson

Tolleson, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,707
People Who Own Their Home: 37.45%
Married Adults: 41.03%

2. Eloy

Eloy, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,062
People Who Own Their Home: 50.85%
Married Adults: 30.37%

3. South Tucson

South Tucson, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,675
People Who Own Their Home: 23.21%
Married Adults: 30.79%

4. San Carlos

San Carlos, Arizona

Source: Google Maps

Population: 4,365
People Who Own Their Home: 34.82%
Married Adults: 35.04%

5. Tucson

Tucson, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 525,031
People Who Own Their Home: 43.63%
Married Adults: 36.33%

6. Summit

Summit, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,628
People Who Own Their Home: 54.97%
Married Adults: 54.37%

7. New Kingman-Butler

New Kingman-Butler, Arizona

Source: Google Maps

Population: 11,892
People Who Own Their Home: 53.15%
Married Adults: 41.74%

8. Nogales

Nogales, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,699
People Who Own Their Home: 44.51%
Married Adults: 45.11%

9. Glendale

Glendale, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 231,978
People Who Own Their Home: 48.96%
Married Adults: 44.0%

10. Phoenix

Phoenix, Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,490,758
People Who Own Their Home: 47.02%
Married Adults: 42.33%

There You Have It

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the most miserable cities in {state} is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people are not stable, where you’re stuck in traffic, and no one spent the time to go to college, then this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the happiest cities in {state}, according to science:
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Detailed List Of Miserable Places In Arizona

City Rank People Who Own Their Home
Tolleson 1 37.45%
Eloy 2 50.85%
South Tucson 3 23.21%
San Carlos 4 34.82%
Tucson 5 43.63%
Summit 6 54.97%
New Kingman-Butler 7 53.15%
Nogales 8 44.51%
Glendale 9 48.96%
Phoenix 10 47.02%
Apache Junction 11 53.47%
Guadalupe 12 49.22%
Douglas 13 49.93%
Winslow 14 47.85%
Coolidge 15 51.98%
Golden Valley 16 68.36%
Tempe 17 37.83%
Cottonwood 18 51.29%
Camp Verde 19 59.7%
San Luis 20 68.55%
Bullhead City 21 41.87%
Avondale 22 50.38%
Somerton 23 62.86%
Flagstaff 24 39.33%
Superior 25 47.64%
Arizona City 26 46.19%
Holbrook 27 58.54%
Show Low 28 35.02%
Tucson Estates 29 69.34%
El Mirage 30 55.28%
Tuba City 31 50.46%
Drexel Heights 32 68.38%
Mesa 33 50.68%
Flowing Wells 34 61.41%
Bisbee 35 46.64%
Avra Valley 36 67.71%
Yuma 37 49.45%
Buckeye 38 53.98%
Lake Of The Woods 39 37.33%
Kingman 40 54.48%
Benson 41 53.28%
Williams 42 49.0%
Casa Grande 43 54.74%
Village Of Oak Creek (Big Park) 44 53.35%
Prescott Valley 45 53.97%
Fort Mohave 46 56.27%
Clifton 47 19.86%
Picture Rocks 48 65.7%
Prescott 49 55.51%
San Tan Valley 50 56.75%
Verde Village 51 64.89%
Florence 52 52.05%
Wickenburg 53 53.97%
Valencia West 54 79.1%
Payson 55 52.49%
Lake Havasu City 56 47.49%
Lake Montezuma 57 60.53%
Globe 58 50.8%
Chino Valley 59 64.15%
Page 60 62.11%
Valle Vista 61 76.56%
Safford 62 59.14%
Linden 63 60.34%
Rio Rico 64 72.37%
Parker 65 60.36%
Taylor 66 60.9%
Kearny 67 66.74%
Surprise 68 60.93%
Sun City 69 65.43%
Casas Adobes 70 58.41%
Peoria 71 61.05%
Sedona 72 53.77%
Gold Canyon 73 59.11%
Maricopa 74 62.7%
Sierra Vista 75 45.99%
Citrus Park 76 79.33%
Fortuna Foothills 77 54.42%
Goodyear 78 59.07%
Chandler 79 57.26%
Catalina 80 73.08%
Scottsdale 81 53.43%
Williamson 82 77.05%
Doney Park 83 71.19%
Snowflake 84 67.54%
Sierra Vista Southeast 85 76.85%
Gilbert 86 66.06%
Anthem 87 63.78%
Cave Creek 88 67.37%
Saddlebrooke 89 80.15%
Fountain Hills 90 62.75%
New River 91 77.27%
Catalina Foothills 92 61.36%
Marana 93 70.04%
Litchfield Park 94 65.73%
Oro Valley 95 65.03%
Sun City West 96 69.57%
Queen Creek 97 70.09%
Tanque Verde 98 82.41%
Green Valley 99 61.46%
Sahuarita 100 68.87%
Sun Lakes 101 71.71%
Vail 102 76.46%
Corona De Tucson 103 77.45%
Paradise Valley 104 79.44%

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