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

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10. Cleveland, OH

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Cleveland has one of the lowest median annual household incomes in the nation. As a result, it’s the second poorest city in the United States, behind Detroit. According to a study conducted by the Center for Community Solutions, the poverty rate in Cuyahoga County is at 18 percent, just slightly above what it was at the height of the Great Recession in 2008, at 15.6 percent. “There are about 220,000 people in Cuyahoga County who are living in poverty and about half of those are working so it’s really about earnings. People can still work and just don’t earn enough to be able to get by,” Emily Campbell, associate director of the Center for Community Solutions, told WEWS News 5 Cleveland. In other words, unemployment is low, but people simply just aren’t able to make ends meet.

9. Memphis, TN

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Memphis has one of the highest violent crimes rates in the country. As a result, the Memphis Police Department has decided to spring into action. According to department’s website, their vision for the city is to create and maintain an environment of public safety recognized for its zero tolerance for crime, as well as its compassion and responsiveness to the needs, rights, and expectations of both residents and visitors.

FYI, here’s how the city ranks when it comes to safety, education, economy, infrastructure, and other issues:

-Safety: #148
-Education: #131
-Economy rank: #128
-Financial stability: #70
-Health: #142
-Infrastructure and pollution rank: #139

Its overall quality of city services score is 37.78.

8. Toledo, OH

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Toledo ranks lower than the national and state (Ohio) averages when it comes to residents who have at least a high school education. Its current ranking in the education category is #115. WNWO NBC 24 in Toledo reported last year that Toledo Public Schools (TPS) received a failing grade from the Ohio Department of Education. The schools were graded on six specific categories (achievement, progress, gap closing, graduation rate, improving at-risk K-3 readers, and prepared for success) and received an F overall. Though district leaders said things were progressing, they acknowledge there is more work to be done. “TPS is moving the needle, it’s not to the point we want it to be, but we will continue to make that growth and we are on the cusp in terms of those indicators of moving those grades,” James Gault, Toledo Public Schools executive transformational leader of curriculum and instruction, told WNWO.