These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Arizona For 2019


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in Arizona are the pits.

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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 . This is our fourth time ranking the worst small places to live in Arizona.

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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 82 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:

These are the worst small towns in Arizona for 2019:

  1. Houck
  2. Blackwater
  3. Bylas
  4. Cibecue
  5. Lukachukai
  6. Whiteriver (Photos)
  7. Canyon Day
  8. San Carlos (Photos)
  9. Peach Springs
  10. Dilkon

So what is the worst small town to call home in Arizona for 2019? According to the most recent census data, Houck 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.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in Arizona or the worst places to live in Arizona.

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

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 2019

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 2013-2017 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 – 82 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.

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Population: 1,030
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $45,000 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.8% (44th worst)
More on Houck:  Data

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Population: 1,653
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $121,700 (69th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 25.8% (14th worst)
More on Blackwater:  Data

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Population: 1,834
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $27,200 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 46.0% (2nd worst)
More on Bylas:  Data

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Population: 2,218
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $53,800 (13th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 41.2% (4th worst)
More on Cibecue:  Data

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Population: 1,660
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $56,800 (17th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 22.9% (20th worst)
More on Lukachukai:  Data

Whiteriver, AZ

Source: Wikipedia
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Population: 4,198
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $70,200 (33rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 48.9% (1st worst)
More on Whiteriver:  Data | Photos

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Population: 1,293
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $51,100 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 28.6% (10th worst)
More on Canyon Day:  Data

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Population: 4,395
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $33,600 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 34.4% (5th worst)
More on San Carlos:  Data | Photos

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Population: 1,228
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $59,000 (19th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 23.2% (19th worst)
More on Peach Springs:  Data

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Population: 1,320
Rank Last Year: 11 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $82,700 (40th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 23.5% (18th worst)
More on Dilkon:  Data

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:

  1. Pinetop Country Club (Pop. 1,677)
  2. Carefree (Pop. 3,657)
  3. Citrus Park (Pop. 4,924)

For more Arizona reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Arizona

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Houck 1,030 10.8% $45,000
2 Blackwater 1,653 25.8% $121,700
3 Bylas 1,834 46.0% $27,200
4 Cibecue 2,218 41.2% $53,800
5 Lukachukai 1,660 22.9% $56,800
6 Whiteriver 4,198 48.9% $70,200
7 Canyon Day 1,293 28.6% $51,100
8 San Carlos 4,395 34.4% $33,600
9 Peach Springs 1,228 23.2% $59,000
10 Dilkon 1,320 23.5% $82,700
11 Avenue B And C 3,444 14.7% $32,000
12 Tsaile 1,308 27.0% $45,000
13 Aguila 1,240 10.8% $100,000
14 Ajo 3,525 26.3% $75,800
15 Sells 2,688 32.1% $56,600
16 Ganado 1,035 6.3% $50,900
17 Gila Bend 1,882 4.6% $85,300
18 Pirtleville 1,838 26.4% $68,100
19 North Fork 1,634 30.1% $49,700
20 Kaibito 1,712 25.4% $63,000
21 Many Farms 1,322 23.5% $61,000
22 Fort Defiance 4,118 11.5% $40,300
23 Golden Shores 1,294 11.6% $77,400
24 Arizona Village 1,129 14.1% $75,700
25 Kayenta 4,630 11.5% $52,100
26 Arivaca Junction 1,187 12.9% $90,500
27 Window Rock 3,282 14.0% $70,000
28 Leupp 1,295 16.0% $67,800
29 Miami 2,238 13.3% $61,000
30 Lechee 1,527 21.7% $58,100
31 White Mountain Lake 2,476 7.3% $99,000
32 Quartzsite 3,669 10.8% $54,400
33 Donovan Estates 1,373 16.8% $83,200
34 Wellton 2,950 6.0% $39,400
35 Fredonia 1,236 7.8% $100,700
36 Second Mesa 1,695 0.0% $85,000
37 Springerville 1,751 8.8% $105,600
38 San Manuel 3,714 16.9% $68,300
39 Mammoth 1,582 9.5% $63,600
40 Tonto Basin 1,601 10.2% $142,800
41 Claypool 1,428 11.2% $66,500
42 Taylor 4,120 14.7% $135,200
43 Star Valley 1,816 7.7% $180,300
44 Cienega Springs 1,926 7.5% $89,700
45 Benson 4,916 7.8% $84,400
46 Huachuca City 2,348 10.0% $99,900
47 Cordes Lakes 2,328 7.3% $85,700
48 St. Michaels 1,245 3.8% $105,400
49 Black Canyon City 2,892 7.0% $101,400
50 Desert Hills 2,838 29.5% $118,000
51 Lake Of The Woods 3,975 11.6% $143,100
52 Mohave Valley 2,984 9.2% $156,100
53 Centennial Park 1,550 9.1% $143,000
54 Mescal 1,509 4.3% $66,500
55 Parker 3,074 6.1% $164,000
56 Congress 1,454 6.7% $154,600
57 Superior 2,954 9.2% $86,700
58 Pima 2,495 10.3% $112,100
59 Williams 3,114 5.8% $168,300
60 Cactus Flats 1,423 9.7% $106,700
61 Tombstone 1,459 4.1% $110,900
62 Willcox 3,557 4.7% $89,600
63 Oracle 3,729 11.2% $191,200
64 Clarkdale 4,197 12.1% $198,000
65 Kearny 2,249 7.1% $93,000
66 Clifton 3,638 7.7% $79,700
67 Eagar 4,894 10.3% $165,400
68 Swift Trail Junction 3,304 9.7% $107,100
69 St. Johns 3,502 1.6% $93,900
70 Valle Vista 1,959 8.6% $128,800
71 Parks 1,652 4.0% $271,900
72 Joseph City 1,260 7.0% $131,700
73 Cornville 3,167 8.7% $261,500
74 Kachina Village 3,013 11.6% $230,000
75 Linden 2,856 3.7% $228,900
76 Thatcher 4,982 4.6% $146,100
77 St. David 1,667 5.2% $140,100
78 Red Rock Cdp (Pinal County) 3,046 7.8% $140,900
79 Tubac 1,365 4.1% $296,400
80 Pinetop Country Club 1,677 7.3% $295,700
81 Carefree 3,657 3.3% $687,800
82 Citrus Park 4,924 3.5% $377,400

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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