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

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3. Jackson, MS

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While the data from WalletHub doesn’t go into full detail about Jackson, MS, it does tell us that the city is the third worst-run city in the nation. Here’s a breakdown of the city’s rankings in various categories:

-Financial stability: #146
-Education: #127
-Health: #123
-Safety: #135
-Economy: #123
-Infrastructure and pollution: #133
– Overall quality of city services score: 32.20

Unfortunately, Jackson isn’t the only problem area in Mississippi. According to WLBT, an NBC-affiliated television station in Jackson, a USA Today study ranked five Mississippi counties as worst in the country. Those counties are in the Mississippi Delta region, an area plagued by poverty. Yazoo County’s poverty rate was ranked at 36.5 percent, which is more than double the national average.

2. St. Louis, MO

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St. Louis has a high crime rate. As a result, it ranks as one of the lowest cities in terms of safety. According to a new study by researchers from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, violent crime has become more deadly in the city over the past decade, and the number of homicides per robbery or assault has risen by more than 50 percent over the past eight years, from 23 homicides per 1,000 incidents to 36 per 1,000. So, just what can be attributed to this uptick in violent crime? Researchers say it’s the prevalence of gun use. The shooters are either firing more bullets or using bullets of a higher caliber, criminology professor Janet Lauritsen said, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It used to be long ago, 30 years ago, no one carried a gun unless they were a shop owner or they had a reason,” Mayor Lyda Krewson told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Now in the state of Missouri, you don’t have to even have a permit to carry a gun. That relaxation of gun laws has caused policing to be much harder.”

1. Detroit, MI

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Not only does Detroit have one of the highest violent crime rates in the country, but it also has the highest unemployment rate and one of the highest infant mortality rates. When it comes to education, Detroit ranks at #139. Its economy is ranked at #147, and its financial stability rank is #148. Detroit’s score for overall quality of city services is 28.77.

On the plus side, Detroit police announced earlier this year that homicides in 2018 had dropped to 261 — the lowest number in 50 years — and violent crime dropped 2 percent in 2018. Unfortunately, many residents say they still feel unsafe. “It seems the same to me — still dangerous,” 50-year-old Detroit resident Tina Wright told The Detroit News. “I stay in the house, so I’m not trying to see any crime. I hear it, though, especially behind me; those people are shooting all the time. If someone’s saying the city’s safer, it don’t look that way to me.”


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