The Worst City In The United States To Live In Is Miami, According To Study Listing Fifty

You’ve probably wondered what the worst cities in the United States are to live in. Growing up, you probably thought it couldn’t get any worse than where you were. According to a recent study, if you live or lived in Miami, Florida, you were right. Being one of the closest U.S. cities to the Caribbean in the sunshine state, it’s been thought of as a great vacation spot.

You might have fun there with its beaches and population of celebrities who are regularly seen there, but you wouldn’t want to stay long.

The study which determined the worst cities in the United States looked at a variety of factors, such as average income versus average cost of living, crime rate, and environmental health concerns. To emphasize the latter of these factors, there have been reports of flesh eating bacteria in the water. Basically, just going for a quick swim by the beach could be fatal.

Miami is also known for its violent crime rate, possibly due to the income gap between the wealthy and those who can’t find consistent jobs to get by. The two percent earning the highest income make a nice $2 million a year, while the average income for everybody else is almost $32,000, nearly $20,000 below the national average. Don’t let the lack of a state income tax fool you.

The list of 50 cities in the study puts Detroit, Michigan, as the second worst in the United States, a fact clearly mirrored by almost regular news. The crime rate and quality of water in that city have been a focus in recent years, with clean water being almost liquid gold in value. It’s also no secret that nearly 40 percent of the population of Detroit lives in poverty.

The third worst city in the United States to live in is Paterson, New Jersey. It’s been a source of humor for decades that the state of New Jersey has the filthiest waterways, and being almost a suburb of New York, it probably suffers from overpopulation. Like Detroit, it is home to a once booming industrial center which no longer enjoys such a healthy profit.

One thing you probably hear about every summer is a trend possibly due to global warming. With regular brush fires, California plays host to a majority of the cities on the list, with Hawthorne sitting at number four. Others include Westminster at number 11, Oakland at number 40, and Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Davis, Chico, and Palo Alto also sharing space on it. Southern California is so bad that most truck drivers are told not to get out of the vehicle if they’re being robbed at a traffic light.

Ohio is just as bad for hosting most of the worst cities in the United States.

Many famous cities populate the list, the rest of which are as follows, with the worst at the end.

  • Bellingham, Washington
  • Boston, Massachusetts
  • Washington, D.C.
  • New York City
  • Newark, New Jersey
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Tucson, Arizona
  • Peoria, Illinois
  • Lorain, Ohio
  • Racine, Wisconsin
  • Akron, Ohio
  • South Bend, Indiana
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Springfield, Illinois
  • Lansing, Michigan
  • Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Camden, New Jersey
  • Houston, Texas
  • Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Albany, Georgia
  • Youngstown, Ohio
  • Wilmington, Delaware
  • Rockford, Illinois
  • Mount Vernon, New York
  • Canton, Ohio
  • St. Louis, Missouri
  • Buffalo, New York
  • Dayton, Ohio
  • Jackson, Mississippi
  • Gary, Indiana
  • Cleveland, Ohio
  • Flint, Michigan
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Birmingham, Alabama

As a general rule, major cities are probably not a good place to live, and neither are ones with major tourist attractions.

Have you lived in any of the cities listed as worst in the United States?

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