50 Reasons Why Arizona is the Best State in the Country

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Arizona Love, inked.

​Our Arizona-hating friends at hit-hungry Gawker completed their countdown of the worst states in America this morning. We weren't surprised by their hometown pick for the best state, and we're even less surprised we're at the bottom.

It's all true -- they could thank Arizona for dishing out a variety of daily content, including continuing SB1070 drama, boycotts, political scandals, and camera-crazy law enforcement officials. Shit, we had a guy shoot himself right in the penis in a parking lot a few weeks ago.

Instead of a card, we got a kick in the balls. But here's a thought, Gawker: we're not the worst state. Actually, we'd like to lobby for the cheap and default No. 50 spot you gave New York.

Here are 50 reasons why:

50. Even New Yorkers say we have the best pizza in the country.

49. We were quick to the punch -- the second state to name an official state gun. Ours? the Colt Single Action Army.

48. There's inspiration in the desert (and we're not just talking about peyote).

47. Hear of that sheriff who makes his inmates wear pink boxers and eat bologna while he's busy capturing illegal immigrants on tanks and arresting local journalists? Yeah, so have we.

46. Our sunsets are pretty spectacular.

45. Northern Arizona houses the world's No. 1 Anthrax research lab.

44. We're home to jumping cacti and mirages -- and we have the country's largest lodge pole pine forest.

43. Phoenix is home to the largest indoor laser tag arena in the world.

42. We understand the reason for a town named "Why." Also one called "Carefree."

41. Our backyard scorpions could take on your rats any day of the week. 

40. We make our own lakes.

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brittanyrandall4
brittanyrandall4

Wait. Out of 50 reasons, you didn't even think to put Saguaros??? How about the smell of the desert after it rains?? There could've been some better reasons than what you came up with..

azdrydock
azdrydock

Years ago when I was looking for my Arizona Home on my computer in Michigan I pulled up agent site after agent site & they all wanted me to sign up or register to continue looking. I didn't want to register, I just wanted to look!

That really put me off, I didn't appreciate the fact they wouldn't just let me look at things. I've never forgotten about that. At ArizonaCorners.com you can look all you want & you never have to sign up.

http://ArizonaCorners.com

katherine_02015
katherine_02015

Well, it is a red-state.  Republicans have ruined Arizona.

mrchas42
mrchas42

SOUNDS LIKE A SHIT HOLE THAT NEEDS TO BE FLUSHED

John Graef
John Graef

We have one of the earliest tax freedom days in the country, it's the shortest distance between the desert and the snow, home of the Arizona Cardinals, great Tijuana style Mexican food, and world class hiking...

Canturick67
Canturick67

Keep your opinions AZ is proud and full of different cultures John Dillinger hid here shit we are half the reason why Vegas exists Hoover dam baby !!!!!!

KatherineB
KatherineB

Arizona is not that bad. They have some pretty good research labs.

Lolnlulz
Lolnlulz

Lulz. Nice try, even if these facts were true, it still makes the state barely half decent.

Tim
Tim

Our delicious clam chowder...   Oh, wait...

YeahDatsRightBitch
YeahDatsRightBitch

You should include we don't give a fuck what some liberal shit rag writes. They can kiss our dirty, sandy, hot, sweaty, conservative asses!

Matt
Matt

Could also have mentioned that we have some world class rock climbing areas.  Also, the Southwestern corner of the state is known as the best area in the country for birdwatching. 

Jane Devin
Jane Devin

Oh gee, and now you have Bristol Palin. 

Dave
Dave

Pizza is a subjective thing, but it's a joke to suggest that Arizona is a pizza hot spot. Whatever.

Sorry, but I prefer natural lakes. I've always found it humorous that developers build communities and shopping centers on man-made lakes and canals, then call them "waterfront" and charge a premium for them. Oh, and there's never a shortage of pretentious people who fall for the gimmick, either. At least they deserve it.

Rats may be disgusting, but at least they don't have a fatal sting.

Summer temperatures in Florida are typically in the 90s. Phoenix temperatures in the winter are generally in the 60s or 70s.

W.
W.

Some of those on the list I wouldn't brag about (and I'm an Az Native): Old Tucson Studios, Sonoran Desert Museum, Kitt Peak, Mount Graham Binocular and Mount Hopkins Observatories, University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Labs, Both ASU and UofA have been in the TOP 5 for the study of Anthropology for years, Casa Grande Ruin, the largest distribution of archaeological sites in the nation, the Painted Desert, REAL native made silver and turquoise jewelry (where you can actually meet the artist rather than buy it from some high priced boutique), Tucson's Valley of the Moon, Tombstone, Bisbee, spring hillsides covered in California Poppies, Kartchner Caverns, The Grill (a Tucson original), Dendrochronology (the study of tree rings) was developed in N. Arizona.... shall I continue?

Sherrie85248
Sherrie85248

I love Arizona and was lucky enough to live there for 17 years.  It's a great state.  I love the people, Sheriff Joe, the winter weather, the beauty, the location, the low cost of living, etc., etc., etc.  It's a great place and I would live there again in a New York Minute!!!!!

Mike
Mike

I might agree with this list, but you had to bring up Stevie Nicks. I hate yodeling!!

Corey Davis
Corey Davis

I'm from Louisiana, we have the best food in the world, beat that.

tp8788
tp8788

Larry McMurtry is from Texas

Guest
Guest

Is it just me, or do about half of these items seem like more reasons to not like the state?

guest
guest

I'm from California, went to ASU and fell in love with Arizona.  I came back home to an over populated state, high taxes and bunch of cocky Californians living their lives on credit.  If it wasn't for the fact that I surf about 4 times a week, I would definitely move back to Arizona.  Great breweries, AWESOME PIZZA (Oreganos and Grimaldis) and great people.  Wacky laws, but whatever, they never hurted me while I was out there.  Plus the sports fans are loyal, unlike California fans who are mostly bandwagoners.  

AZsucks
AZsucks

People that live in shitty places get real creative coming up with reasons why its great, instead of simply leaving.  I'm glad the idiots stayed.  Puts less of a strain on the real world outside of arizona.

AZsucks
AZsucks

I was born and raised in Arizona- and it sucked.  The heat, absence of culture, landlocked- I l left when became a legal adult, and most (if not all) of the friends and family I have that are still there wish they would have left before getting sucked into laying roots etc.  Horrible place.  Armpit of America.  You can have it.

kristin mak
kristin mak

It's the worst state. The heat is oppressive, the locals are the least attractive folks I've ever seen (and I've lived & visited many countries and US states) I don't know why it is that way, but it is..maybe it's too hot to fix up oneself before going out? OK aside from the extreme heat and ugly citizens, the city isn't all that great either! Everything's CLOSED after 9pm, unless you want Walmart or the 24 hr AutoZone. There aren't any decent shopping centers, there's ONE: Fashion Centre Mall, that's it. Restaurants...zzzzZZzzz and yes, everything closes early too. I don't like it here. Moving as soon as I can get enough $$

Ted
Ted

#19 Ha! Still a pipe dream. The most recent numbers I could find were from 2004 when, according to the U.S. Coast Guard, Arizonans owned 147,294 boats. That ranked us 43rd on a per capita basis.Minnesota ranked first on a per capita basis with 853,448, and Hawaii was last with 13,205. http://www.azcentral.com/arizo...

William
William

Born and raised in CT, lived in AZ for 4 years and I love it just as much as New England. Only downside is the lack of seasons and the general lack of in-depth conversation (which I'd prefer opposed to the pretentious, rich art-dorks and their political conversations in NYC or Boston).

Realitycheck
Realitycheck

Wow! Yeah, these reasons are really going to skyrocket us to the top of the best list. Who gives a crap about a failing education system and rampant border and drug violence...we've got pretty sunsets!

California
California

Dang... that list is pretty sad.... 

Love California

John Doe
John Doe

#1 reason NOT to live in AZ - your politicians are FARKING NUTS!

Morob
Morob

AZ second to none !!!!

LD18voter345
LD18voter345

Does Russell know that the haboobs blow in from the Mexican Border?  Let's pass legislation to STOP haboobs in AZ.

Kevin Daly
Kevin Daly

Ride every day of the year. Carry open or concealed. 

Warrior Princess
Warrior Princess

This is the most ridiculous list I have ever seen. It seems that it was more of a mocking than pride if you ask me. Oh, and as far as the best pizza in the country and its better than NY pizza, hell to the no but then again AZ has a franchizes named "Streets of NY" and "NYPD Pizza". Get your facts straight!

dortann
dortann

Exxxxxcusuuuuuse me, but the answer to why AZ is better than New YAWK is obvious... AZ is not NY. Nuf said!

mike
mike

I appreciate the home state pride, but this list could be so much better.

katherine_02015
katherine_02015

@Canturick67  that dam should be called the Boulder or the Roosevelt Dam.  Anything but Hoover.

nicolelgirard
nicolelgirard

@Lolnlulz I'm not completely psyched about AZ, but these "facts" do happen to be true... as facts tend to be. ;)

katherine_02015
katherine_02015

@YeahDatsRightBitch  ... wow, sounds like wah wah time.  I mean, that's what Republicans do best since they can't do much more with their very limited intellectual ability.

C_stevens
C_stevens

You sound like a big snob! AZ could do with out you. Where you from? Go back there!

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