These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Arizona For 2018


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

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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 120 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:

  1. Whitecone
  2. Sun Valley
  3. Oljato-Monument Valley
  4. Tonalea
  5. East Fork
  6. Sacaton Flats Village
  7. Maish Vaya
  8. Chilchinbito
  9. Rock Point
  10. Klagetoh

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.

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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 crunched the numbers

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 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 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 120 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.

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1. Whitecone


Population: 825
Median Income: $14,792
Median Home Value: $68,500

2. Sun Valley


Population: 241
Median Income: $12,580
Median Home Value: $10,000

3. Oljato-Monument Valley


Population: 216
Median Income: $18,750
Median Home Value: $21,400

4. Tonalea


Population: 303
Median Income: $17,321
Median Home Value: $86,100

5. East Fork


Population: 645
Median Income: $16,595
Median Home Value: $52,300

6. Sacaton Flats Village

Source: Public Domain

Population: 364
Median Income: $23,875
Median Home Value: $54,800

7. Maish Vaya


Population: 121
Median Income: $20,000
Median Home Value: $68,600

8. Chilchinbito


Population: 836
Median Income: $16,087
Median Home Value: $42,000

9. Rock Point


Population: 478
Median Income: $23,000
Median Home Value: $62,500

10. Klagetoh


Population: 216
Median Income: $19,500
Median Home Value: $65,000

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. Best: Parker Strip
  2. 2nd Best: Sonoita
  3. 3rd Best: Littletown

For more reading, check out:

  • 10 Worst Places To Live In Arizona
  • 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Arizona
  • 10 Safest Places In Arizona
  • Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Arizona

    City Rank Population Home Price
    Whitecone 1 825 $68,500
    Sun Valley 2 241 $10,000
    Oljato-Monument Valley 3 216 $21,400
    Tonalea 4 303 $86,100
    East Fork 5 645 $52,300
    Sacaton Flats Village 6 364 $54,800
    Maish Vaya 7 121 $68,600
    Chilchinbito 8 836 $42,000
    Rock Point 9 478 $62,500
    Klagetoh 10 216 $65,000
    Poston 11 347 $10,000
    Steamboat 12 293 $48,500
    Wenden 13 484 $63,900
    Sawmill 14 652 $52,500
    Seven Mile 15 796 $49,700
    Bitter Springs 16 460 $110,000
    Tees Toh 17 500 $76,300
    Topawa 18 170 $42,000
    Chuichu 19 417 $52,200
    Dennehotso 20 739 $67,000
    Wall Lane 21 489 $56,400
    Drysdale 22 417 $58,900
    Round Rock 23 861 $65,200
    Nazlini 24 450 $83,000
    Indian Wells 25 251 $55,000
    Tolani Lake 26 355 $68,300
    Cedar Creek 27 573 $106,300
    Ash Fork 28 759 $71,800
    Jeddito 29 324 $73,300
    Teec Nos Pos 30 719 $63,000
    Winslow West 31 972 $96,800
    Low Mountain 32 641 $73,300
    Top-Of-The-World 33 236 $45,700
    Santa Rosa 34 351 $81,300
    Burnside 35 601 $53,500
    Seba Dalkai 36 167 $69,200
    Cornfields 37 353 $72,900
    Bowie 38 289 $47,200
    Mcnary 39 655 $112,500
    Greasewood 40 556 $83,300
    Sunizona 41 162 $67,500
    Meadview 42 828 $66,400
    Wikieup 43 190 $54,200
    Wahak Hotrontk 44 118 $77,100
    Rancho Mesa Verde 45 902 $58,800
    Orange Grove Mobile Manor 46 529 $81,800
    Sweet Water Village 47 202 $25,000
    Truxton 48 147 $93,300
    Rough Rock 49 680 $76,500
    Shonto 50 621 $65,800
    Hayden 51 519 $32,800
    Turkey Creek 52 439 $65,000
    Hondah 53 996 $80,200
    Cibola 54 449 $95,000
    Pinon 55 833 $76,700
    Gila Crossing 56 848 $107,100
    Icehouse Canyon 57 661 $109,800
    Crystal Beach 58 151 $74,400
    Sanders 59 574 $134,500
    Brenda 60 349 $30,700
    St. Johns 61 726 $120,300
    Picacho 62 342 $55,000
    Vicksburg 63 997 $23,400
    Duncan 64 691 $66,400
    Elfrida 65 380 $56,100
    Antares 66 128 $81,700
    Ehrenberg 67 939 $56,800
    White Hills 68 244 $90,200
    Miracle Valley 69 751 $104,900
    Wheatfields 70 627 $83,500
    York 71 849 $47,800
    Dateland 72 343 $77,300
    Arivaca Junction 73 902 $84,900
    Morristown 74 107 $219,400
    Arivaca 75 607 $77,200
    Arizona Village 76 966 $74,700
    Wilhoit 77 922 $85,400
    Gisela 78 704 $66,400
    Cottonwood 79 186 $76,300
    Yarnell 80 575 $118,000
    Patagonia 81 838 $123,100
    Naco 82 876 $113,300
    So-Hi 83 217 $75,400
    Bluewater 84 802 $53,900
    Willow Valley 85 844 $105,700
    Tacna 86 674 $76,200
    Elephant Head 87 640 $172,500
    Kino Springs 88 266 $113,300
    Queen Valley 89 712 $105,700
    Dripping Springs 90 120 $105,100
    Peeples Valley 91 488 $126,400
    Bouse 92 765 $97,200
    Tonto Village 93 305 $125,000
    Cactus Forest 94 802 $90,100
    Winkelman 95 282 $66,100
    Clacks Canyon 96 114 $180,200
    Dragoon 97 109 $175,000
    Mesa Del Caballo 98 648 $117,900
    Jerome 99 347 $267,700
    Tumacacori-Carmen 100 363 $503,400

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