These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In America For 2017


We used science and data to determine which cities in America are really ghetto.

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There are lots of people who throw the term ‘ghetto’ around. But which of the largest cities in America are the most ghetto of all?

How do you decide if a place is ghetto or not? You ask the internet. According to the Urban Dictionary, a ghetto is defined as:

“urban; of or relating to (inner) city life” and “poor; of or relating to the poor life.”

Using that criteria, it’s not hard to scrape the internet, run some scientific data on where ghettos might exist, and then put out a list.

After analyzing the largest cities in America with a population over 100,000, we came up with this list as the most ghetto places to live in the good ole US of A:

  1. Cleveland (Photos)
  2. Miami (Photos)
  3. Detroit (Photos)
  4. Hartford (Photos)
  5. Dayton (Photos)
  6. San Bernardino (Photos)
  7. Birmingham (Photos)
  8. St. Louis (Photos)
  9. Jackson (Photos)
  10. Brownsville (Photos)

In case you’re wondering, the city of Naperville, Illinois is the least ghetto city of all 270 we measured.

Read on below to see where your city ranks and why. Or feel free to check out the most dangerous cities in America.

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What ghetto criteria did we use?

In order to rank the most ghetto places in America, we had to determine what criteria defines a ghetto city or neighborhood.

Since a ghetto is defined as a poor area, we used income levels, crime and education levels as a guide to determine where the most broke citizens of a state live.

Additionally, the staples of inner city life include cheap and discounted retail outlets.

We started by making a list of all cities in America that are listed on the 2011-2015 American Community Survey with over 100,000 people. That left us with 269 cities to rank.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Yelp and Area Vibes, this is the criteria we used:

  • Household income levels
  • High school graduation rates
  • Number of convenience stores
  • Number of drug stores
  • Number of discount stores
  • Crime

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a city’s border, as well as within a short driving distance.

All of these results are listed in a per capita basis. Meaning number of stores per person in a state. Additionally, high school graduation rates are determined by looking at the total number of people who live in a city who have no graduated from high school, not the current graduation rate of an area’s high schools.

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1. Cleveland

Cleveland, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 392,114
Median Income: $26,179 (3rd worst)
Crime Per Capita: 6.8% (19th worst)

2. Miami

Miami, Florida

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 416,432
Median Income: $30,858 (8th worst)
Crime Per Capita: 5.9% (40th worst)

3. Detroit

Detroit, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 695,437
Median Income: $26,095 (2nd worst)
Crime Per Capita: 6.8% (18th worst)

4. Hartford

Hartford, Connecticut

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 125,211
Median Income: $29,313 (5th worst)
Crime Per Capita: 5.3% (59th worst)

5. Dayton

Dayton, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 141,776
Median Income: $28,174 (4th worst)
Crime Per Capita: 6.4% (23rd worst)

6. San Bernardino

San Bernardino, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 213,044
Median Income: $38,774 (40th worst)
Crime Per Capita: 5.3% (61st worst)

7. Birmingham

Birmingham, Alabama

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 211,705
Median Income: $31,217 (9th worst)
Crime Per Capita: 8.2% (5th worst)

8. St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 318,727
Median Income: $34,800 (26th worst)
Crime Per Capita: 7.9% (6th worst)

9. Jackson

Jackson, Mississippi

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 173,631
Median Income: $33,080 (17th worst)
Crime Per Capita: 6.9% (16th worst)

10. Brownsville

Brownsville, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 179,834
Median Income: $32,288 (13th worst)
Crime Per Capita: 4.4% (109th worst)

Now You’re Full Ghetto

If you’re measuring the locations in America where there are a high number of poor and uneducated residents, this is an accurate list.

Detailed List Of The Most Ghetto Cities In America

Rank City Population Median Income Crime Per Capita
1 Cleveland 392,114 $26,179 6.8%
2 Miami 416,432 $30,858 5.9%
3 Detroit 695,437 $26,095 6.8%
4 Hartford 125,211 $29,313 5.3%
5 Dayton 141,776 $28,174 6.4%
6 San Bernardino 213,044 $38,774 5.3%
7 Birmingham 211,705 $31,217 8.2%
8 St. Louis 318,727 $34,800 7.9%
9 Jackson 173,631 $33,080 6.9%
10 Brownsville 179,834 $32,288 4.4%
11 Buffalo 259,959 $31,668 6.0%
12 Memphis 656,715 $37,099 7.7%
13 Flint 100,569 $24,679 5.6%
14 Kansas City 147,598 $38,073 5.6%
15 North Charleston 102,143 $39,446 6.2%
16 Springfield 153,836 $34,731 4.9%
17 Milwaukee 598,078 $35,489 6.1%
18 Rochester 210,461 $30,784 5.0%
19 Syracuse 144,648 $31,566 4.8%
20 Cincinnati 297,117 $34,002 6.5%
21 Chattanooga 171,863 $39,683 7.3%
22 Baltimore 622,271 $41,819 6.1%
23 Pueblo 107,706 $34,889 7.3%
24 Stockton 297,223 $45,347 5.7%
25 Providence 178,562 $37,514 4.3%
26 Laredo 245,048 $39,408 4.2%
27 Newark 278,750 $34,012 3.9%
28 Rockford 151,290 $38,231 5.5%
29 Waco 127,796 $32,864 4.3%
30 Houston 2,167,988 $45,728 5.7%
31 Winston-Salem 234,469 $40,480 6.1%
32 Knoxville 181,759 $33,494 7.4%
33 South Bend 100,422 $34,656 5.4%
34 Fresno 506,132 $41,455 4.6%
35 Springfield 162,333 $32,473 8.8%
36 New Haven 130,553 $37,508 5.0%
37 Hialeah 232,311 $29,959 3.1%
38 Paterson 146,341 $33,964 3.5%
39 Beaumont 117,543 $39,191 5.6%
40 Columbus 198,247 $41,362 7.0%
41 Miami Gardens 110,867 $39,545 4.7%
42 Indianapolis 835,097 $42,076 6.1%
43 San Antonio 1,385,438 $46,317 6.0%
44 Waterbury 109,887 $41,136 4.6%
45 Allentown 118,793 $36,578 3.7%
46 Pompano Beach 103,234 $40,534 5.2%
47 New Orleans 368,471 $36,964 5.2%
48 Philadelphia 1,546,920 $37,460 4.4%
49 Evansville 120,220 $35,996 6.2%
50 Dallas 1,240,985 $43,359 4.3%
51 Toledo 283,932 $33,485 nan%
52 Akron 198,492 $34,139 5.3%
53 Bridgeport 146,680 $41,204 3.8%
54 Shreveport 200,692 $38,413 5.3%
55 Columbia 131,331 $41,454 6.1%
56 Grand Rapids 190,739 $39,913 nan%
57 Baton Rouge 229,353 $38,790 5.4%
58 Oakland 402,339 $52,962 7.6%
59 Richmond 211,063 $41,331 4.4%
60 Abilene 120,776 $42,766 4.9%
61 Elizabeth 126,964 $43,966 3.9%
62 Mcallen 135,048 $43,476 3.7%
63 Salt Lake City 189,267 $45,833 9.2%
64 Modesto 205,984 $47,607 5.3%
65 Inglewood 111,133 $42,249 3.1%
66 West Palm Beach 102,283 $45,027 5.5%
67 Tulsa 395,599 $41,957 5.9%
68 Amarillo 194,930 $47,053 5.4%
69 Lafayette 123,528 $45,682 6.1%
70 Las Cruces 100,360 $40,658 4.8%
71 Orlando 250,224 $41,901 7.3%
72 El Monte 115,243 $38,906 2.2%
73 Mobile 194,942 $39,241 5.2%
74 Montgomery 204,095 $43,535 5.0%
75 Salinas 154,077 $49,728 4.0%
76 Pasadena 152,171 $46,585 3.4%
77 Victorville 119,603 $47,142 4.1%
78 Corpus Christi 312,680 $49,675 5.1%
79 Fort Lauderdale 171,137 $48,898 5.9%
80 Independence 117,160 $44,038 6.0%
81 Gresham 108,250 $47,706 5.2%
82 Lubbock 236,868 $44,139 5.3%
83 Spokane 210,142 $42,814 9.1%
84 Phoenix 1,490,758 $46,881 4.3%
85 Pomona 151,142 $48,993 3.4%
86 Lansing 114,382 $35,675 4.3%
87 Everett 104,708 $48,562 6.9%
88 Oklahoma City 600,729 $47,004 5.2%
89 St. Petersburg 248,429 $45,483 6.5%
90 Kansas City 465,005 $45,376 6.1%
91 Topeka 127,660 $41,412 5.4%
92 Atlanta 440,641 $46,439 7.0%
93 Richmond 106,469 $54,857 4.7%
94 Wichita Falls 104,771 $43,751 4.5%
95 El Paso 669,771 $42,037 2.5%
96 Little Rock 196,188 $46,409 8.6%
97 Santa Maria 101,468 $50,753 3.4%
98 Odessa 107,325 $56,119 4.7%
99 Chicago 2,712,608 $47,831 4.0%
100 Mesquite 142,552 $49,837 4.3%

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