These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In America For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in America are the real pits.

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There’s a common denominator that all bad cities have.

They are the places that have bad economies. They are the places where the school systems are in bad shape. They’re the places where people are out of work, and where residents earn low salaries.

If home prices are low, it’s a sign that there’s not a lot of demand to live there.

And certainly, if crime is really high, no one wants to be there at all.

The cities below all share those qualities. There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against. We had more than 10 million people read our worst cities in a state series, which was featured in hundreds of media outlets, including an NPR feature.

So we know what we’re talking about.

After analyzing the biggest 220 cities in the country, here is our list of the worst cities to live in America:

  1. Memphis, TN
  2. Jackson, MO
  3. Dayton, OH
  4. Detroit, MI
  5. San Bernardino, CA
  6. Cleveland, OH
  7. Brownsville, TX
  8. Tucson, AZ
  9. St. Louis, MO
  10. Mobile, AL

You might be surprised to see some of these cities on this list. We understand there’s a lot of good in every place. However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty, ‘friendly people’ and community involvement), there are far better options in America for making a place home.

The best place to live in America? Naperville, IL More on that later.

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How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?

In order to rank the worst places to live in America, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, asked for the opposite of those, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we crunched the numbers for 2018

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the most recent government census American Community Survey data, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse – meaning there’s less to do for indoor entertainment)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Low home prices
  • A lot of uninsured individuals
  • A high portion of uneducated adults
  • High Crime
  • High Poverty

If you’d like to see the complete list of cities, scroll to the bottom of this post to see a link to the entire data set.

Note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves.

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1. Memphis

Memphis, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Home Values: $93,700 (15th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.3% (26th worst)
When you’re looking at the worst places you could live in America, Memphis ranks as the worst foe 2018. Let’s see why.

Here in Memphis, crime is the 9th highest in the country, and 1 out of 17.7 residents was robbed here according to the latest FBI numbers.

That’s not the first place you think of making home, is it?

Additionally, you have a 1 in 54 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which includes rapes, attacks or murders. That’s really high.

When you look at adult education in Tennessee, the folks in Memphis have the 76th highest drop out rate. And other factors that make Memphis undesirable are the low median incomes and home prices.

The unemployment rate is the 26th highest in the states, at 11.3%.

2. Jackson

Jackson, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 172,039
Home Values: $89,500 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.8% (16th worst)
Jackson needs some tough love as it ranks as the 2nd worst city to live in America for 2017.

Crime in Jackson is the 52nd highest in the country, where 1 in 21.8 people have a chance of being the victim of a property crime, according to the latest FBI numbers.

Additionally, the median income is almost dead last.

3. Dayton

Dayton, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 141,143
Home Values: $66,600 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 13.3% (12th worst)
If you live in Dayton, this might not be a surprise, but you have the 34th highest crime rate, per capita in the country. Every year you spend here, you have a 1 in 19.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime like a car break in or home invasion robbery.

That’s a lot of stolen cell phones, laptops and black license plates.

Plus there were 1,402 violent crimes in the last FBI reporting year. That means if you spent a year there, you’d have a 1 in 100 chance of being raped or attacked.

Finally, the folks who live here earn the 3rd lowest salaries in America’s big cities at $28,745 a household — that’s simply not enough to get by for most folks.

4. Detroit

Detroit, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 683,443
Home Values: $41,000 (1st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 22.1% (1st worst)
Detroit seems to be the have’s and have not’s. But mostly the have nots.
The annual average income levels here aren’t respectful ($26,249), and about 1 in 4.5 people here are without jobs (The worst in the country). Homes are valued at only $41,000 (also the worst).

We’re surprised it didn’t rank higher honestly, but apparently people are relatively smart and also buy insurance.

5. San Bernardino

San Bernardino, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 214,581

Home Values: $176,800 (95th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 14.1% (7th worst)
Perhaps the only thing surprising about San Bernardino being 5th is that it wasn’t higher. Crime here is horrible, more than 1 in 10 residents are without jobs (and that’s conservative), and well… we could go on and on about San Bernardino’s issues.

You’ve heard it all before. When considering the data, the only reason San Bernardino is only 5th is that there are some areas of the city in which residents earn professional salaries, and, frankly, there’s a lot more to do in the San Bernardino region than there is in the desert. And no, dodging bullets isn’t one of them.

But as professionals continue to flee into the nearby enclaves of East Highlands, Yucaipa and Redlands, the city of San Bernardino, which saw its glory days spike in the late 1970s, will continue to head down the drain and unfortunately, become an area only for those who have no aspirations to exceed in life.

6. Cleveland

Cleveland, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 389,165
Home Values: $67,500 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 17.3% (3rd worst)
Cleveland has a 17.3% unemployment rate (3rd worst amount US cities), below average income levels and the 13th highest crime rate in the country.

This random City-Data comment sums up Cleveland.

“I visited Cleveland over the weekend and I have to say the place just seemed completely depressing.

“I saw lots people around Cleveland who looked…well bad. Like former alcoholics and drug addicts.

“And what’s with the poorish looking area, where there were a lot of people in run down homes?

“Just looked sad.”

7. Brownsville

Brownsville, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 182,110
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 15)
Home Values: $83,800 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.4% (58th worst)
You might have passed through Brownsville once and probably throught it seems to be a relatively quiet, clean place.

Here’s what science says about why Brownsville needs some love: The unemployment rate is nearly 9.4%, residents earn about $34,255 a year, and home prices are just over $83,800. Across the board, those are in the bottom half in the country. Not absolutely horrible, but not desirable, either.

And there simply isn’t anything to do in Brownsville relative to the rest of the country.

8. Tucson

Tucson, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 527,586
Home Values: $132,200 (51st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.1% (45th worst)
According to science, Tucson is the 8th worst place you can live in the country for 2018.

Let’s see why. Tucson has the 15th-highest crime rate in the country, surprisingly. In terms of the number of crimes per person, Tucson is certainly up there.

Factor in a very low home values ($132,200), and the 45th-highest unemployment rate among cities (10.1%), and across the board, Tucson doesn’t sound like the best of the best.

9. St. Louis

St. Louis, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 316,030
Home Values: $120,900 (42nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.6% (36th worst)
If you live in St. Louis, you’re either going to tell us we’re idiots because you’re fiercely protective of your city, or you know it’s a tough place to live. The fact remains, St. Louis has the one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, where 8.2% of the population is out of work. That’s far above the national average, and households only bring in $34,384 a year on average.

You can’t buy very many Cards tickets with that income.

And then there’s the crime. St. Louis is the 3rd most dangerous place you can live in America. You have a 1 in 15 chance of being robbed here every year, and a 1 in 62 chance of being raped, attacked or killed when you’re in the city limits. Plus, there were 120 murders in St. Louis two years ago.

Which means that when you’re within St. Louis proper, you have a 1 in 2,654 chance of being killed every year.

10. Mobile

Mobile, Hawaii

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 193,717
Home Values: $119,500 (35th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.4% (58th worst)
Mobile rounds out the list coming in as the 10th worst place to live in America for 2018.

You’ve got the 12th highest crime rate, which saw 1,709 violent crimes last year. You have a 1 in 16.5 chance of being robbed and a 1 in 113 chance of being attacked, raped or killed here for every year you spend in the city limits of Mobile.

Plus, folks are simply out of work. Mobile sports the state’s 58th highest unemployment rate (9.4%), and families bring in a combined $38,759 a year, which is far below the average.

No wonder homes are cheap; you can get one yourself for only $119,500.

There You Have It

If you’re looking at cities in the U.S. where crime is high, people are broke, and the public schools are lousy, this is an accurate list.

Here are the best cities in America, according to science.

  1. Naperville, IL (Pop. 145,789)
  2. Sunnyvale, CA (Pop. 149,596)
  3. Santa Clara, CA (Pop. 122,725)

We also wrote a story on the dumbest cities in America to live. Click here to read that one.

Disclaimer: This article is an opinion based on data. It should not be taken as fact.

Detailed List Of The Worst Cities In America

City Rank Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
Memphis 1 655,857 11.3% $93,700
Jackson 2 172,039 12.8% $89,500
Dayton 3 141,143 13.3% $66,600
Detroit 4 683,443 22.1% $41,000
San Bernardino 5 214,581 14.1% $176,800
Cleveland 6 389,165 17.3% $67,500
Brownsville 7 182,110 9.4% $83,800
Tucson 8 527,586 10.1% $132,200
St. Louis 9 316,030 10.6% $120,900
Mobile 10 193,717 9.4% $119,500
Springfield 11 165,138 7.2% $109,500
Beaumont 12 117,729 6.8% $99,800
Hartford 13 124,320 17.5% $159,100
Rockford 14 149,597 13.4% $91,400
Waco 15 130,659 6.5% $98,800
Shreveport 16 198,571 7.4% $133,600
Indianapolis 17 846,674 9.1% $120,400
Toledo 18 280,854 12.0% $77,800
Chattanooga 19 175,462 8.7% $152,000
New Orleans 20 382,922 9.8% $197,000
Tulsa 21 399,906 6.9% $126,200
Milwaukee 22 598,672 10.3% $115,500
Cincinnati 23 298,011 11.4% $120,300
Knoxville 24 183,927 7.5% $120,300
Miami 25 432,622 9.4% $241,200
Houston 26 2,240,582 7.4% $140,300
Montgomery 27 201,717 8.8% $116,600
Miami Gardens 28 112,514 13.7% $141,600
Akron 29 198,508 11.2% $80,000
Victorville 30 121,320 15.5% $158,900
Rochester 31 210,291 13.0% $77,800
Columbia 32 132,537 9.5% $164,200
Newark 33 280,139 17.2% $222,100
Laredo 34 251,671 5.7% $113,500
Lansing 35 114,773 11.6% $75,500
Fresno 36 513,807 12.7% $187,500
Baton Rouge 37 228,694 8.8% $158,400
Lubbock 38 244,507 5.4% $118,300
Buffalo 39 258,989 9.9% $72,600
Stockton 40 301,443 13.8% $191,000
Tallahassee 41 188,466 11.0% $182,200
Dallas 42 1,278,433 6.8% $142,600
Fayetteville 43 203,670 12.1% $127,500
San Antonio 44 1,439,358 7.1% $121,100
Orlando 45 263,306 8.2% $172,100
Gainesville 46 128,610 8.4% $143,900
Las Vegas 47 613,295 10.6% $184,900
Pasadena 48 153,286 9.7% $104,500
Syracuse 49 144,350 10.7% $89,900
Providence 50 178,851 11.0% $173,800
Mcallen 51 138,475 7.8% $117,500
Allentown 52 119,624 12.9% $126,100
Evansville 53 120,156 7.0% $89,600
Baltimore 54 621,000 11.4% $153,000
Phoenix 55 1,555,324 7.7% $178,200
Atlanta 56 456,378 10.4% $222,300
Independence 57 117,217 7.8% $100,500
New Haven 58 130,405 11.3% $190,700
Bridgeport 59 147,022 15.2% $168,200
Kansas City 60 471,767 6.8% $135,900
Philadelphia 61 1,559,938 12.5% $147,300
Wichita 62 388,033 6.6% $120,800
Abilene 63 122,612 5.7% $101,500
North Las Vegas 64 230,436 9.6% $161,500
Little Rock 65 197,640 6.5% $154,700
Oklahoma City 66 620,015 5.6% $142,700
Hialeah 67 235,626 9.1% $163,600
Amarillo 68 197,570 4.3% $120,500
El Paso 69 678,058 7.7% $119,300
Elizabeth 70 128,042 10.2% $262,300
Corpus Christi 71 320,050 5.9% $118,900
Lancaster 72 159,651 9.6% $186,000
Paterson 73 146,894 8.1% $236,000
Jacksonville 74 856,616 8.8% $140,000
Glendale 75 239,943 7.2% $163,400
Huntsville 76 188,973 8.1% $168,900
Salt Lake City 77 191,446 5.5% $248,700
Topeka 78 127,472 6.7% $99,400
Palmdale 79 156,823 11.6% $207,400
Wilmington 80 113,724 8.1% $224,300
Albuquerque 81 556,859 7.3% $185,400
Fort Worth 82 815,930 6.4% $131,100
Mesquite 83 143,771 6.7% $112,400
Louisville 84 611,573 7.9% $143,100
Modesto 85 208,512 13.6% $208,000
Bakersfield 86 367,555 10.2% $214,600
Norfolk 87 245,724 9.7% $193,100
Chicago 88 2,714,017 10.9% $225,200
Fort Wayne 89 260,954 7.9% $103,100
Fort Lauderdale 90 175,153 9.1% $273,400
Pomona 91 151,807 11.0% $310,100
Grand Rapids 92 193,887 8.5% $113,600
Odessa 93 114,258 5.6% $124,600
Warren 94 135,069 10.3% $93,400
Reno 95 237,121 7.6% $235,800
Tampa 96 361,477 9.6% $172,100
Moreno Valley 97 202,061 12.3% $231,400
Des Moines 98 212,859 7.1% $119,800
Killeen 99 138,745 11.2% $118,400
El Monte 100 115,665 9.2% $374,900
Garland 101 234,810 7.8% $121,400
Oakland 102 412,040 9.3% $500,500
Lafayette 103 125,808 5.2% $177,100
St. Petersburg 104 253,585 7.5% $154,800
Spokane 105 212,078 7.6% $160,800
Tacoma 106 205,602 8.0% $212,400
Riverside 107 318,678 11.0% $286,600
Columbus 108 837,038 6.9% $131,800
Los Angeles 109 3,918,872 9.2% $496,300
Denton 110 128,421 7.9% $162,700
Arlington 111 383,899 6.4% $137,900
Ontario 112 169,389 9.3% $293,000
Sacramento 113 484,530 10.5% $259,400
Pittsburgh 114 305,305 7.7% $100,800
Worcester 115 183,677 8.8% $206,500
Clarksville 116 146,281 8.8% $140,000
Vallejo 117 119,644 13.0% $254,100
Salinas 118 155,889 7.3% $303,800
Grand Prairie 119 185,631 6.7% $132,600
Hollywood 120 148,114 8.5% $197,100
Visalia 121 128,738 8.1% $190,500
Salem 122 161,975 9.0% $188,900
Port St. Lucie 123 175,652 9.6% $149,400
Aurora 124 351,131 7.0% $206,300
Long Beach 125 469,793 9.4% $448,800
Lexington 126 311,529 6.4% $170,800
Irving 127 232,013 5.9% $147,500
St. Paul 128 297,160 7.8% $178,400
Newport News 129 181,606 8.3% $189,000
Oxnard 130 204,752 8.4% $362,900
Minneapolis 131 404,670 6.9% $212,800
Omaha 132 443,072 5.4% $139,800
Santa Ana 133 333,605 7.1% $383,900
Eugene 134 161,649 8.3% $246,400
Tempe 135 174,708 6.0% $219,900
Hampton 136 136,789 8.9% $187,700
Fontana 137 205,228 10.2% $289,400
Cape Coral 138 170,063 9.4% $173,400
Escondido 139 149,912 7.2% $368,500
Mesa 140 470,456 6.9% $168,500
Anchorage 141 299,321 6.0% $298,000
Provo 142 115,718 5.8% $214,800
Murfreesboro 143 122,007 6.7% $186,200
Norman 144 118,974 5.4% $163,900
Austin 145 907,779 5.0% $257,800
Midland 146 128,051 4.0% $182,300
Denver 147 663,303 5.4% $292,700
Kent 148 125,492 6.8% $262,800
Vancouver 149 169,982 8.1% $217,200
Anaheim 150 346,776 8.1% $457,600
Joliet 151 147,515 8.2% $163,900
Colorado Springs 152 448,759 7.5% $222,100
Hayward 153 154,507 8.0% $404,500
Portland 154 620,589 7.5% $319,400
Sioux Falls 155 167,884 3.7% $161,500
Lakewood 156 149,793 5.4% $273,200
Jersey City 157 261,666 8.0% $331,300
New York 158 8,461,961 8.6% $508,900
Garden Grove 159 174,676 7.6% $445,700
Fargo 160 115,950 3.6% $178,300
Lincoln 161 273,018 4.6% $150,200
Costa Mesa 162 112,439 6.5% $637,200
Miramar 163 133,741 8.4% $228,400
Cedar Rapids 164 129,537 4.7% $136,700
Downey 165 113,223 6.8% $449,900
Carrollton 166 129,266 4.5% $183,100
Boston 167 658,279 8.0% $423,200
Oceanside 168 173,829 7.3% $384,100
Charleston 169 129,888 5.9% $269,400
Concord 170 126,938 8.0% $423,100
Yonkers 171 199,725 8.6% $379,500
Chula Vista 172 260,598 9.7% $402,000
Fullerton 173 139,491 8.6% $551,300
Thornton 174 130,511 4.5% $236,100
Chesapeake 175 233,194 6.3% $256,500
Corona 176 161,614 7.8% $378,500
Sterling Heights 177 131,674 6.5% $154,000
San Diego 178 1,374,812 7.7% $488,600
Peoria 179 158,677 6.4% $208,200
Surprise 180 127,492 7.8% $197,600
Henderson 181 277,872 8.6% $237,800
Coral Springs 182 127,673 8.8% $294,300
Madison 183 246,034 4.8% $217,000
Madison 184 246,034 4.8% $217,000
San Francisco 185 850,282 6.2% $858,800
Santa Rosa 186 173,165 7.1% $414,800
Fort Collins 187 157,251 6.6% $285,400
Berkeley 188 118,585 7.3% $795,200
Round Rock 189 112,767 6.3% $192,500
Stamford 190 127,410 8.0% $504,200
Orange 191 139,919 7.3% $565,800
Pembroke Pines 192 164,753 7.3% $225,400
San Jose 193 1,009,363 7.4% $658,000
Seattle 194 668,849 5.1% $484,600
Santa Clarita 195 180,303 8.1% $417,400
Virginia Beach 196 449,733 5.8% $262,200
Ann Arbor 197 118,087 5.6% $250,200
Elk Grove 198 163,634 8.5% $317,500
Rancho Cucamonga 199 173,309 8.9% $414,200
Chandler 200 242,131 5.0% $248,500
Scottsdale 201 234,495 4.9% $405,500
Olathe 202 132,787 4.4% $201,200
Mckinney 203 156,821 3.5% $228,500
Roseville 204 128,276 6.5% $355,900
Thousand Oaks 205 128,623 7.9% $637,100
Plano 206 279,088 4.8% $248,800
Alexandria 207 151,473 4.0% $520,700
Overland Park 208 183,775 4.0% $237,100
Simi Valley 209 126,126 6.2% $472,700
Bellevue 210 136,718 5.0% $608,500
Gilbert 211 226,832 5.4% $264,700
Huntington Beach 212 198,724 6.0% $659,700
Fremont 213 227,934 5.3% $702,800
Frisco 214 145,646 3.9% $300,900
Cary 215 155,822 4.0% $309,800
Irvine 216 246,992 6.2% $718,800
Torrance 217 147,307 6.4% $652,600
Santa Clara 218 122,725 5.2% $734,500
Sunnyvale 219 149,596 6.0% $859,100
Naperville 220 145,789 5.6% $388,400

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27 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In America For 2018

  1. Over and over again they say that science doesn’t measure things like how nice people are, that it measures fact. Listen, science measures people’s feeling and attitudes all the time. The author’s clearly don’t understand “science”. Also, using median income as a happyness measure in a college town ia just flat out an errror. Why is the tone of this so snotty??

  2. I left Macon over 35 years ago. Best decision I ever made. I’m so much better for it. My lite was going no where. I couldn’t find a job that paid well. The people I left behind wish they had gone with me. I have a BSW degree and retired with Over 20 years in the military. I am happy where I am located now. When I visit Macon I see it worse. The house I sold several years ago 30K is still standing could have gotten much more for it here. Sorry but I am so blessed to have seen that leaving would be beneficial to me in 1979. It was the circumstances that forced me to leave. Now I can say thanks to the Crisis. It made me better.

  3. This is comical. The “science” of this article has holes in it that can be seen by even those of us who do not put all our thought into scientific criteria. It does not seem that making an assumption that using the criteria for coming up with best cities in reverse would be accurate. Things don’t work that way. To use criteria such as low home prices…mmm? Is this saying cities with high home prices are the best to live in? There is some reversal logic not making sense already. I know I have never used high home prices as a positive for moving to a city.

  4. Macon is a beautiful city with great potential for growth and prosperity. It is not the city itself that makes it one of the worst cities in which to live, but the dumbass people who manage the city and the fucking lazy ass no good criminals that gives it such a bad reputation. There are places much worse in the country!!! Get your facts straight before you publish such poorly substantiated articles.

  5. This article and the statistics are crap. I would think Detroit would be number one, but none of the other cities shouldn’t even be on the list. Not enough variables built in to this study.

  6. Savannah is a crappy place to live because of the stupid southern local people that grew up here. Women like to visit, but very very few decent white ones live here. Black people are very racist, and red necks are as stupid as can be. Jobs? If you’re a queer lawyer you’re good, but not so good for the rest of the folks. Crime is bad, and income is low. So come and visit, but don’t settle down here.

  7. When you think about it this is really a review of these cities from the bottom up. So yeah if you are unfortunate to be poor or even lower middle class in any of these places it really can be depressing. However, if you are fortunate enough to be reasonably affluent in these same locations that money can go a long way and make life pretty good. You know, the kind of lifestyle that people like to read about it Garden & Gun. The public schools in the upscale suburbs outside these cities can actually be pretty good (and if you have money to burn there are always the established private schools). There are no hour plus commutes to and from work in bumper to bumper traffic. Also with the cost of living so low in these places a lot of folks have the means to actually travel somewhere nice for family vacations. It all depends on whether your glass is half-full or half-empty.

  8. Suggesting dollars spent for education is the only criteria and validation for ‘good education’ is flawed, unscientific logic. It could be just as likely that cities that throw dollars at the education issues they have, have those issues because of inefficiency. More money doesn’t necessarily guarantee better results.

    Also saying: “you can’t argue with the data” in no less that two places in the article points to weak research. If anything, it calls it more into question.

    Lastly, with no northeast cities in the ‘worst’ list (Detroit being the Midwest) it suggests a bias from the writer; especially with the chronic and rampant opiate abuse that is so prevalent there. Heroin addiction and the crime it brings wasn’t a metric? Low population density IS a negative metric? What is the writer smoking? It’s a very thin justification to suggest more people crammed into an area is a ‘good’ thing. That’s a real stretch and so is the suggestion that affordable housing is a sign of negative circumstances. Lower household income balanced with lower cost of housing is a positive (or at least a neutral) factor. Bubble gum writing to draw clicks. Nothing more.

  9. Mobile has a certain magic that keeps you on your toes. Where a melting pot of people, flavors, cultures and traditions become one voice to lead all of life’s celebrations. Join the jubilee and welcome every day with an enduring passion and a little soulful hospitality, because life is the ultimate gift. This is the spirit of living. This is what we’re born to do.
    Funky, feisty, festive. Or historic, hip and happening. Colorful, cool and cultured. You can call this coastal town a lot of things when you have a vibrant 300 year history with lots of stories to tell and long-standing traditions celebrated on a regular basis. Once called the Paris of the South, Mobile has long been the cultural center of the Gulf Coast and you’ll find an authentic experience found nowhere else in the southern United States.
    Home to America’s original Mardi Gras that rolls through the streets of our historic downtown; dozens of festivals, art shows, or culinary cook-offs nearly every weekend, Mobile takes having fun pretty seriously. If you’re looking for a bit more leisurely experience, nearby historic neighborhoods lined with giant live oaks trees or a paddle in one of the most significant river delta systems in the country are just minutes from downtown.

  10. I lived in Springfield for 18 years and was never robbed once. It’s not even close to dangerous, it’s factored in because of the lower population ratio.

    1. I know several people who live in Springfield, MO. None have ever had any issues with crime. It’s also one of the lowest cost of living cities in the country. People there are extremely friendly and there are tons of things to do in close proximity. This so called “data” is laughable.

  11. I’m pretty sure all this site is about is bashing the South.
    Very bad science at that.
    I would even be willing to bet they haven’t been to any of the cities they trash. Just some moron a thousand miles away sitting in a cubicle staring at his phone all day.
    But hey, a Southern Man don’t need them around anyhow.

  12. The cities in central California are less bad than midwest cities?
    I have lived and worked in both areas and can tell you first hand Central California is a hot dusty drug infested crime ridden war zone, oh then there are the Tule fogs when make winter driving really interesting: 50 car pile ups any one?
    Stockton had to downgrade its ER status because it was overwhelmed by the number of trauma cases being dumped at its door way. Bakersfield is almost as bad, Modesto is boring and dangerous, Fresno is turning into a free fire zone. As for SF, it is OK if you are gay, have absurd amounts of money, and do not mind stepping over the piles of human excrement on the side walk and panhandlers who verge on being strong arm robber.

  13. As they say,

    “There are lies; then there are damn lies; and then there are statistics.”

    It should surprise no one that more detailed and definitive rankings show that some of the cities in your worst half are considered the very best places to raise a family, or the very smartest places, in the United States of America.

    This list was obviously prepared by lazy bigots looking for a convenient outcome.

  14. The robbery comment for Springfield, MO makes no sense. For 2013, the robbery rate was 242.2 per 100,000 residents. That’s 24.2 per 10,000 and 2.42 per 1,000. One-eleventh of 100,000 is 9,091 then adjusted for Springfield’s population, that would be more than 14,000 robberies per year when in fact there were 390. Maybe the writer was referring to theft. However if the writer doesn’t know the difference between theft and robbery they shouldn’t be analyzing statistics.

  15. Detroit may suck but you can’t beat those palm trees!

    ….. 0_o

    Seriously, who’s in charge of the photos on this page? Have they ever been outside a tropical climate? Palm trees are just common place all across the Midwest? FFS – you had ONE job ass hole!

    FYI Detroit is a shit hole! The thing is, while Detroit’s neighborhoods are awful, downtown around the stadiums, casinos and various halls there is so much going on there. Everyone left Detroit and moved to the suburbs. That’s why, while Detroit’s population plummeted over the past 30+ years, the overall region continues to grow.

    It’s gotta be those palm tree lines streets!

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