With its many canyons and gorges, vibrant cities, and small towns, Arizona is one of the most beautiful states in the country. Nevertheless, there's no such thing as perfection. Sadly, no state is immune from trouble spots, and finding them isn't difficult. You'll be shocked at what you discover if you scratch beneath the surface of some communities in Arizona. Despite the spin the tourism board tries to put on it, crime rates are sky-high, unemployment is rocketing, and wages are subsistence. What is the worst city in Arizona? What are the areas you should avoid, like the plague? Find out which are Arizona's five worst places to live.
Top 5: Tempe
Understandably, Tempe lacks the charm of smaller towns, considering its size of 196,499 people. Crime is something you may have a hard time forgiving. It ranked third among the states in rape cases last year. Although the number of other violent crimes isn't that high, the rape rate makes it one of the most dangerous places to live in Arizona - not to mention a significant concern for parents sending their children to study at Arizona State University.
Top 4: Page
Page, located atop the Manson Mesa and offering stunning views of Lake Powell, Glen Canyon Dam, and the surrounding canyons, is a multifaceted tourism destination with a lot to offer. It's got ideas, it's called national parks, it's got Antelope Canyon, it's got Horseshoe Bend Overlook, it's got long, hot summers, and it's got the 2nd highest violent crime rate in Arizona. In any tourist brochure, it does not appear that this 'hub of the Southwest' is also a prison. According to Area Vibes, the chances of being a victim of a crime are 251% higher than the national average. Don't visit the canyons on your next vacation unless you want your chances of being raped, assaulted, or murdered to rise to 1 in 12.
Top 3: Arizona City
It's not looking suitable for Arizona City right now. As a result, not only has the employment base of the city shrunk by 0.6% (redirecting the overall unemployment rate to above-average 9.3%), other businesses have entirely gone out of business, meaning that residents travel longer distances to get groceries than those in the US. There is a marginal drop in home values, and incomes are on the brink of disappearing altogether. The only things that do not appear to be counting calories are the poverty rate, which has risen to 20.9%, and the crime rate, which is a bloated 3,666 per 10,000 residents.
Top 2: Douglas
Douglas, located on the U.S.-Mexico border, is one of the poorest cities in the United States. There are 29.4% of its citizens living in poverty, more than double the national average. Furthermore, 13.3% of the city's residents live on less than $10,000 per year. First-time buyers might find the average house price of $94,500 appealing. Nevertheless, since property values indicate the general desirability of an area, you may want to consider getting a bigger mortgage and moving elsewhere.
'Golden Valley' may have a nice ring to it, but the sparkle has long since faded from this small town in Mohave County. This area of Arizona has become one of the worst places to live these days. Furthermore, USA Today ranks it as the 7th worst place to live in the entire United States. Its problems include a contracted economy, a weak job market, a 14.1% unemployment rate, and a 24.1% poverty rate. However, there is still more bad news to come. A third of the residents in the region are unable to reach basic amenities due to the distance to the nearest grocery store, which ranges from 1 to 10 miles. However, it has a higher crime rate than 54% of all other cities and towns in the state.
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