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Most Americans have never been to Arizona. However, as the people who live there know, Arizona is an awesome state.
But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Arizona has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Grand Canyon State. Don't shoot the messenger, this is all using data.
After analyzing more than 114 of Arizona's smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Arizona where you'd never want to live:
So what is the worst small town to call home in Arizona for 2022? According to the most recent census data, Lukachukai is the worst small town to live in Arizona.
Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Arizona has its stuff figured out.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.
The 10 Worst Small Towns In Arizona For 2022
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $51,400 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 28.2% (4th worst)
More on Lukachukai: Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $85,300 (36th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 23.8% (9th worst)
More on Ak-Chin Village: Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $23,500 (worst)
Unemployment Rate: 33.3% (2nd worst)
More on Peridot: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $75,200 (26th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.7% (64th worst)
More on Casa Blanca: Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $157,400 (75th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 24.0% (8th worst)
More on Blackwater: Data
6. Seven Mile
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $92,500 (40th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 29.0% (3rd worst)
More on Seven Mile:
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 11)
Median Home Value: $63,900 (16th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 17.5% (17th worst)
More on Tsaile: Data
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Median Home Value: $57,800 (13th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 26.4% (6th worst)
More on Cibecue: Data
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $83,600 (35th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 3.0% (87th worst)
More on Dolan Springs: Data
How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?
In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Arizona, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn't a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.
So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.
How we determined the worst small towns to live in Arizona for 2022
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census's 2016-2020 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (The lower the worse)
- Highest Unemployment Rates
- Low housing costs (meaning there's no demand)
- Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
- Education (Number of high school dropouts)
- High Crime
We looked at cities with populations between 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot - 114 to be exact.
Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.
This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.
There You Have It - The Worst Small Towns In Arizona
If you're analyzing teeny places in the Grand Canyon State with the worst economic situations, where there's high crime and there's not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
If you're curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Arizona, according to science:
- Morenci (Pop. 1,494)
- Carefree (Pop. 3,863)
- Rio Verde (Pop. 2,327)
For more Arizona reading, check out:
Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Arizona
|17||Avenue B And C||3,847|
|31||White Mountain Lake||2,947|
|36||Black Canyon City||2,685|
|60||Lake Of The Woods||3,652|
|81||Central Heights-Midland City||2,768|
|87||Six Shooter Canyon||1,208|
|88||Swift Trail Junction||2,731|
|89||Grand Canyon Village||2,064|
|91||Red Rock Cdp (Pinal County)||4,196|