The 12 Worst Cities to Live in in the U.S.

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WalletHub recently compared the operating efficiency of 150 of the largest U.S. cities to reveal which among them are managed best — and worst. Here are the top twelve worst-run cities in America.

12. Birmingham, AL

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Birmingham, AL, is the twelfth worst-run city in the nation. But, its mayor, Randall L. Woodfin, is doing something about it. According to the mayor’s website, his goal is to “make Birmingham a laboratory for progress.” He will do so by bringing improvements to economic development, neighborhood revitalization, education/career opportunities for students, and the city’s 99 neighborhoods. He also recently announced a crime-fighting plan to put more police officers on the streets. Mayor Woodfin has also hired a team of people to focus on workforce development, small business growth and civic innovation, so that by 2020 “Birmingham will be seen as the destination for women and minorities to launch their business.”

11. Baton Rouge, LA

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One area in which Baton Rouge struggles is crime. WalletHub recently gave the city’s safety a ranking of #142. Meanwhile, real estate website Neighborhood Scout placed Baton Rouge at number 86 on its Top 100 Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S. list last year.

FYI, here’s a look at how Baton Rouge fares when it comes to other important issues:

-Financial stability: #58
-Education: #120
-Health: #141
-Safety: #142
-Economy: #142
-Infrastructure and pollution: #131
-Overall quality of city services score: 39.63