• The worst-run cities in Arizona, according to crime statistics. 
  • Factors like crime, living standards, poverty, and infrastructure were considered.
  • Arizona is a beautiful state, but you may want to avoid certain high-crime areas.

The Criteria: The 4 Worst Cities in Arizona

People from around the United States are on the move, looking around to find a new place to set down roots.

Depending on the criteria you consider important, you might want to avoid these four Arizona cities. Certain metrics consider these towns to be the worst-run in the state.

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Factors like crime rates, living standards, infrastructure, and economic decline were ranked. These cities were bestowed with the dubious honor of Worst-Run Cities in Arizona.

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The Four Worst Cities in Arizona

1. Tolleson

Tolleson is a small city located outside of Phoenix in Maricopa County and has a population of around 7,000 people. While it may look like a charming desert town, it's ranked as the most dangerous city in Arizona.

Citizens living in Tolleson have a 1 in 11 chance of being the target of a property crime. In fact, property crimes are 318% above the national average in Tolleson.

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As for violent crime, citizens have a 1 in 83 chance of becoming a victim. The stats on this are 119% higher than the national average. According to UpgradedHome.com, the most commonly committed crimes in Tolleson are grand larceny, arson, vehicle theft, and burglary.

2. Globe

This historic mining town located in Gila County was once a prosperous and safe community. In recent years, the Globe has changed drastically. With a population of 7,500, it's hard to believe, but this is Arizona's second most dangerous city.

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In the Globe, the rate of property crime is 247% above the national average, and the possibility of becoming a victim of a violent crime like assault, robbery, theft, or vandalism is 108% higher.

3. Holbrook

If you're traveling to Arizona's Petrified Forest National Park in Navajo County, you'll find yourself going through the gateway town of Holbrook.

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The full-time population of Holbrook is around 5,000 people. Holbrook attracts millions of visitors every year; despite that, there's a shadow side. With a 1 in 16 chance of falling victim to property crime and a 1 in 22 possibility of being the target of a violent crime, residents of this city have a lot to worry about.

Holbrook has a higher-than-average incidence of rape, murder, burglary, and motor vehicle theft.

4. Tucson

Arizona's second-largest city, Tucson, has a population of over half a million people.

Tucson is a vibrant and diverse metropolis, but it also has a serious crime problem. Tucson finds itself in the number 4 spot for the most dangerous city in the state.

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Tucsonans have a 1 in 18 chance of falling victim to a property crime and a 1 in 143 chance of being a victim of a violent crime. 

The crime rates are 209% and 84% higher than the national average, respectively.

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