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:
- Sun Valley
- Oljato-Monument Valley
- East Fork
- Sacaton Flats Village
- Maish Vaya
- Rock Point
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 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.
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
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
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
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
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.
- Best: Parker Strip
- 2nd Best: Sonoita
- 3rd Best: Littletown
For more reading, check out:
Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Arizona
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|Rancho Mesa Verde||45|
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