Worst Small Towns In Arizona For 2020


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 2020. This is our sixth 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 86 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 2020:

  1. Bylas
  2. Lukachukai
  3. Cibecue
  4. Peridot
  5. Whiteriver (Photos)
  6. Canyon Day
  7. Peach Springs
  8. Many Farms
  9. Cameron
  10. Tsaile

So what is the worst small town to call home in arizona for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Bylas 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.

The 10 Worst Small Towns In Arizona For 2020

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Population: 1,719
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $28,600 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 38.7% (4th worst)
More on Bylas:  Data

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2
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Population: 1,430
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $53,800 (14th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 21.8% (14th worst)
More on Lukachukai:  Data

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2
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Population: 2,187
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $55,000 (15th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 36.7% (7th worst)
More on Cibecue:  Data

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3
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Population: 1,643
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $22,800 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 39.9% (3rd worst)
More on Peridot:  Data

Whiteriver, AZ

Source: Wikipedia
Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 4,185
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $69,500 (29th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 45.6% (1st worst)
More on Whiteriver:  Data | Photos

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3
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Population: 1,466
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $52,000 (12th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 32.9% (9th worst)
More on Canyon Day:  Data

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Population: 1,333
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $47,900 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 18.9% (23rd worst)
More on Peach Springs:  Data

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3
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Population: 1,288
Rank Last Year: 25 (Up 14)
Median Home Value: $49,700 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 21.8% (13th worst)
More on Many Farms:  Data

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Population: 1,077
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $55,300 (16th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.9% (51st worst)
More on Cameron:  Data

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3
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Population: 1,296
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $45,800 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 23.2% (11th worst)
More on Tsaile:  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 2020

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 2014-2018 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 - 86 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:

  1. Eagar (Pop. 4,875)
  2. Tubac (Pop. 1,230)
  3. Carefree (Pop. 3,749)

For more Arizona reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Arizona

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Bylas 1,719 38.7% $28,600
2 Lukachukai 1,430 21.8% $53,800
3 Cibecue 2,187 36.7% $55,000
4 Peridot 1,643 39.9% $22,800
5 Whiteriver 4,185 45.6% $69,500
6 Canyon Day 1,466 32.9% $52,000
7 Peach Springs 1,333 18.9% $47,900
8 Many Farms 1,288 21.8% $49,700
9 Cameron 1,077 9.9% $55,300
10 Tsaile 1,296 23.2% $45,800
11 Avenue B And C 3,708 13.0% $33,000
12 Dilkon 1,215 17.7% $89,400
13 Gila Bend 1,782 4.9% $78,900
14 Rainbow City 1,008 36.9% $56,700
15 Komatke 1,156 18.8% $150,000
16 Sells 2,749 37.9% $57,200
17 Ajo 3,279 20.8% $76,400
18 North Fork 1,787 32.4% $48,500
19 Fort Defiance 4,209 11.7% $33,900
20 Kaibito 1,522 21.2% $62,900
21 Quartzsite 3,707 0.0% $51,500
22 Ganado 1,035 2.0% $44,700
23 Window Rock 2,952 15.7% $65,900
24 Kayenta 4,889 9.7% $53,400
25 Hondah 1,034 17.6% $81,700
26 Second Mesa 1,736 0.0% $69,600
27 Leupp 1,314 11.0% $69,700
28 Lechee 1,589 19.0% $56,300
29 Miami 2,084 9.4% $61,800
30 White Mountain Lake 2,605 11.0% $113,800
31 Wellton 2,994 6.3% $73,200
32 Donovan Estates 1,276 19.0% $80,900
33 San Manuel 3,753 18.5% $71,800
34 Tonto Basin 1,540 12.6% $145,400
35 Claypool 1,278 15.2% $66,800
36 St. Michaels 1,218 6.2% $75,800
37 Fredonia 1,069 7.0% $116,100
38 Mammoth 1,856 11.7% $60,700
39 Springerville 1,946 6.6% $117,900
40 Heber-Overgaard 2,542 12.5% $174,100
41 Benson 4,884 9.1% $89,400
42 Cordes Lakes 2,410 14.0% $90,300
43 Congress 1,540 8.9% $146,400
44 Taylor 4,170 15.1% $162,000
45 Spring Valley 1,636 3.5% $101,600
46 Black Canyon City 3,172 6.2% $102,800
47 Huachuca City 2,275 8.8% $97,500
48 Cienega Springs 1,882 7.2% $114,700
49 Superior 3,018 9.3% $79,400
50 Bluewater 1,004 9.5% $56,600
51 Willcox 3,549 5.8% $81,500
52 Central Heights-Midland City 2,838 7.7% $79,500
53 Scenic 1,792 0.0% $234,200
54 Parker 3,121 5.0% $165,400
55 Paulden 4,559 4.8% $167,300
56 Williams 3,152 3.0% $176,100
57 Mohave Valley 2,674 8.1% $158,800
58 Star Valley 1,907 0.0% $159,600
59 Lake Of The Woods 3,671 10.9% $152,600
60 Tombstone 1,375 5.6% $109,700
61 Whetstone 2,146 7.0% $120,000
62 Desert Hills 2,703 19.6% $144,900
63 Clifton 3,691 6.5% $68,500
64 Centennial Park 1,236 7.2% $138,200
65 Kearny 2,263 9.3% $91,400
66 Pima 2,507 9.0% $117,400
67 Valle Vista 2,132 10.4% $145,300
68 Oracle 3,920 11.9% $206,100
69 St. Johns 3,500 1.6% $88,700
70 Red Rock Cdp (Pinal County) 3,775 7.8% $143,200
71 Clarkdale 4,258 10.3% $229,200
72 St. David 1,332 3.4% $134,800
73 Swift Trail Junction 3,292 7.1% $82,900
74 Dewey-Humboldt 4,026 5.7% $195,900
75 Mescal 1,760 3.7% $85,700
76 Six Shooter Canyon 1,065 1.7% $146,500
77 Cornville 3,192 9.5% $254,700
78 Linden 2,848 5.6% $246,400
79 Joseph City 1,557 5.6% $125,800
80 Pinetop-Lakeside 4,330 5.2% $225,800
81 Kachina Village 2,581 13.4% $251,600
82 Parks 1,392 4.9% $283,500
83 Pinetop Country Club 1,634 9.4% $302,400
84 Eagar 4,875 4.6% $170,800
85 Tubac 1,230 0.0% $327,000
86 Carefree 3,749 0.0% $721,500

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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.

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