- Nickname: The Grand Canyon State
- Population: 7.17 million
- Capital: Phoenix
- Website: AZ.gov
Arizona: the land of deserts, the Grand Canyon, and snowbirds from across the country fleeing from winter winds. The state hosts a wide variety of outdoor activities, from Major League Baseball’s spring training season to delicious plates of Mexican food. And yet all this rich culture and landscape luxury can be overshadowed by the fact that Arizona is one of fifteen states with the highest poverty rates in the country.
According to 2018 figures, 14.9% of Arizona residents meet federal poverty guidelines. In addition, the state’s residents, when compared to national averages, make less in terms of household income and carry slightly more credit card debt.