How Arizona Compares:
Real Numbers and Hot Topics

Arizona Policy Choices 2005

Which state is wealthiest or healthiest? Which metro is the least stressful to live in? How does Arizona's home ownership compare to other states?

How Arizona Compares: Real Numbers and Hot Topics, a new report from Morrison Institute for Public Policy, answers these questions and provides enough other comparisons to keep Arizonans quizzing each other for weeks. However, this fifth edition of Morrison Institute's Arizona Policy Choices series is more than just fun and games. How Arizona Compares will help leaders and residents see their state and metropolitan areas in competitive terms and—we hope—redouble their efforts to make Arizona a more prosperous place.

About 90 years ago when Arizona was the “baby state” among the nation's 48, our first governor—George W. P. Hunt—presented an enduring challenge: “The 48th star, which so proudly represents the youngest State in our Union, is symbolic of nothing except such ideas and realities as Arizona's citizens endow it with. It remains for us as Arizona's champions and sponsors to make this star represent the best things in statehood, and to typify the highest ideals in human brotherhood.”

Have we lived up to Governor Hunt's challenge? How does Arizona stack up now among its state competitors?

“Just fair” is the answer, according to this unique compilation of information from reliable data sources in 10 public policy areas and results from a new survey of Arizonans. Overall:

• Arizona is among the national leaders on some aspects of business vitality, education, and housing.

• Arizona does not lead the nation in a positive way overall in crime and punishment, health and health care, education, business futures, families and incomes, government, arts and culture, housing, transportation, and environment.

• Arizonans do not think their state and major metropolitan areas compare favorably on many issues.

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