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:
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.
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.
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $45,000 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.8% (44th worst)
More on Houck: Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $121,700 (69th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 25.8% (14th worst)
More on Blackwater: Data
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $27,200 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 46.0% (2nd worst)
More on Bylas: Data
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $53,800 (13th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 41.2% (4th worst)
More on Cibecue: Data
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $56,800 (17th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 22.9% (20th worst)
More on Lukachukai: Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $51,100 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 28.6% (10th worst)
More on Canyon Day: Data
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 5)
Median Home Value: $59,000 (19th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 23.2% (19th worst)
More on Peach Springs: Data
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:
- Pinetop Country Club (Pop. 1,677)
- Carefree (Pop. 3,657)
- Citrus Park (Pop. 4,924)
For more Arizona reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Arizona
- 10 Safest Places In Arizona
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In Arizona
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Arizona
Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Arizona
|11||Avenue B And C||3,444|
|31||White Mountain Lake||2,476|
|49||Black Canyon City||2,892|
|51||Lake Of The Woods||3,975|
|68||Swift Trail Junction||3,304|
|78||Red Rock Cdp (Pinal County)||3,046|
|80||Pinetop Country Club||1,677|