Arizona is a beautiful place to live. With almost 300 days of sunshine and decent weather most of the year, the Grand Canyon State is a nice place to put down roots.

Avoid these three Arizona Cities
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That said, a few places in our state are struggling to make ends meet. These three towns are finding it hard to keep things going in the right direction.

READ: Avoid These 4 Arizona Cities at All Costs!

They suffer from low-wage jobs, high unemployment, and, no surprise, rising crime. These factors hit hard, making these Arizona hamlets the worst places to live in the state.

Avoid these three Arizona Cities
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#3: Golden Valley, Arizona

Here's a look at the not-so-glamours side of Arizona. Golden Valley is a tiny, unincorporated town near Kingman.

READ: Another New California Law Will Have More Moving to Arizona

In spite of its shiny name, Golden Valley is suffering. According to Wikipedia, this tiny hamlet has a population of around 8,801, but high unemployment, poverty, and very little access to grocery stores and fresh food.

Avoid these three Arizona Cities
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#2: Douglas, Arizona

Douglas is a border town situated in the southern part of Cochise County in Southeastern Arizona. The population of Douglas is a bit larger than the other towns listed here, with 16,534 citizens according to Wikipedia. However, job prospects here are pretty rough with a 12% unemployment rate, according to Roadsnacks.

The town is charming, with many historic buildings, but finding a job there is difficult.

Avoid these three Arizona Cities
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#1: Arizona City

Last stop, Arizona City. With a very small population of 9,868, you would expect to find small-town charm. However, jobs are scarce. The unemployment rate 9.3%, and the crime rate is 45.47 per 1,000 residents, making it difficult to live in this little town.

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Avoid these three Arizona Cities
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The median income can't keep up with the rising cost of owning a home in Arizona City. Between poverty, high unemployment, and other factors, Arizona City is considered by Money, Inc.,  to be one of the worst places to live in all of Arizona.

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Fleeing Arizona? Here are the Top 10 States People from Arizona are Moving to Most

You might be looking for a cooler climate with four seasons. Perhaps you want to live closer to your friends and family. Or maybe you're in the middle of a big life change and ready for something different.

No matter the reason, people just like you are fleeing Arizona, and their reasons are as varied as the number of cactus we have in the Grand Canyon State.

According to the US Census Bureau, Here are the top 10 states that people fleeing Arizona are moving to.

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From products we use every day to services we've come to rely on, inflation is making everything too expensive in Arizona and around the country.

Arizonans are making do where they can, crossing off things they can't afford, and settling for less whenever possible. There are some things we just can't do without.

How many have you crossed off your list?

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