Rankings 2014

arizona

Education:

43rd

Economy:

18th

Safety:

41st

Environment:

21st

Health:

25th

Infrastructure:

21st

Government:

19th

Results Champion?: NO

Arizona features a diverse and competitive economy, but one that is rife with poverty and low educational outcomes. Relative to other states, it has one of the smallest state and local government. Arizona also leads the nation by having government info in an open data portal online. The state suffers from poor air quality, high cost of healthcare, high dependence on federal aid, and a low credit rating.

The cost of healthcare and high rate of poverty are linked to the demographics of Arizona. The state is a frequent retirement destination, and a large population on fixed income affects nearly all measures. Because of Arizona’s unique population, its outcomes measures may be difficult to alter. For public safety, this state has bottom 10 measures in all but cost of corrections.

Recommendations
Overall, Arizona’s public safety measures are poor. This should be the primary area of focus. Following this, education measures; especially elementary school test outcomes, graduation rate, and college preparation; could be improved. After education, reducing the cost of healthcare is essential.