PHOENIX — Did you know that there are 91 incorporated cities and towns in the entire state of Arizona, but only one has been named the worst City in Arizona in the state to live in. Sorry Tucson.
That’s right, the city of Tucson was named the worst city in Arizona to live in, according to MSN.com. The southern Arizona city was ranked the worst to live in because of its high poverty and unemployment rates and slow economic growth.
The poverty rate in Tucson is 25.2 percent, the highest of any large city in Arizona and higher than the national average of 14.7 percent.
The city’s economy has also grown slower than most cities in recent years, according to the website, and the city’s unemployment rate remains “slightly above the national rate,” with the city’s jobs rising by just 2.1 percent from 2013 to 2015.
Tucson also has one of the highest property crime rates in the country, with 6,643 property crimes reported per 100,000 Tucson residents in 2015, more than double the national rate of 2,487 incidents, according to the website.
While Tucson is named as the worst city in Arizona to live in, it still is a beautiful and wonderful town. From the University of Arizona, to the beautiful Sonoran desert there is so much to do and see. One of the best things to do is to take the Catalina Highway to Mount Lemmon which stretches 25 miles and the entire mountain range is one of Tucson’s most popular vacation spots for cycling, hiking, rock climbing, camping, birding, and wintertime snowboarding and skiing. Near the top of Mt. Lemmon is the town of Summerhaven. In Summerhaven, visitors will find log houses and cabins, a general store, and various shops, as well as numerous hiking trails. Near Summerhaven is the road to Ski Valley which hosts a ski lift, several runs, a giftshop, and nearby restaurant. So while MSN thinks Tucson is the worst place to live, you have to take it with a grain of salt.