Arizona is a great state, but anyone who has lived here for awhile will tell you there are some areas that needs some improvement. In fact, I can’t say I entirely agree with the article title. If you care about our state, these are facts that are important to address so that we and our children can see a better future. Check out the following facts that shows which areas Arizona could use some help.
1. Arizona has some pretty bad drivers.
In 2015, the website Car Insurance Comparison ranked states for factors such as speeding, careless driving, and failure to obey traffic laws. Overall, the state ranked the sixth worst, coming in at third for careless driving and seventh for failure to obey traffic laws. But you know what? At least we're doing better than our neighbors New Mexico and Texas. Both ranked much lower on that list.
2. Arizona needs to show a little more appreciation for its teachers.
It's no surprise that Arizona needs to improve its education system; it's a topic that comes up every few months during the school year and when election season arrives. A report from Wallet Hub last year showed that Arizona was ranked third to last in the country in its
Best and Worst States for Teachers report, coming in just slightly higher than North Carolina and West Virginia. Deciding factors in the ranking included salaries (49th), student-teacher ratio (again, 49th), and spending per student (dead last).
Note: Washington, D.C. was included in the rankings.
3. Arizonans need to lose a few pounds.
4. Those health issues are also affecting our kids.
A report from the same programs also showed that Arizona's kids could use health improvements as well. Obesity rates for kids ages 10 to 17 was especially high with 19.8 percent, or almost 1 in 5 children, reporting obesity. This made our state the seventh highest in the nation for childhood obesity.
5. Arizona is among the lowest in the nation for higher education per capita funding.
A survey from earlier this year
showed that Arizona has the second-lowest per capita funding for higher education funding, spending a mere $115.83 per resident this year. It is down $20.89 from the previous year.
6. Arizona has the lowest college graduation rate in the country.
Education just isn't our strong suit. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Education said that just 29 percent of our college students graduated from a four-year university in six years or less. (The national average was 55 percent.) There is some speculation that the low rates may be influenced by students enrolled in online courses at for-profit schools based in the state but however you cut it, these rates are lower than they should be.
7. Arizona is also not very good at retaining college graduates.
As for those students Arizona does graduate? A recent study from the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program showed that the Phoenix area was among the worst cities for retaining college graduates, keeping just 36.3 percent. Of those numbers, 18 percent were graduates from four-year universities. There's no word on how other Arizona cities performed in the study, however.
8. Arizonans need to visit the dentist more often.
When was the last time you saw one of these? A 2014 Gallup poll showed that Arizonans don't go for their dental appointments like they should. Only 59.3 percent of Arizonans reported visiting a dentist in the previous year, making us the worst state at getting our teeth cleaned annually.
So what did you think about these facts? Do you know of other areas Arizona needs to improve? Be sure to let us know your thoughts on our
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