While people all over the world look to the US as the land of equality, not all US cities are equal to each other. Violence, poverty, and shrinking populations are just some of the attributes that have landed these cities on this list, and they don’t look to be slowing down any time soon. If you’re considering a move, it may be worth it to check this list out first.
Something always has to be the “worst” when you’re doing a comparison, so just because your city is on this list doesn’t mean you’d be better off living in a third world nation. In fact, depending on your income level, you yourself may be doing just fine. But chances are even with a good standard of living in one of these cities, you’d have significantly more cash and less stress living in Houston, TX or one of the other best cities in the US.
10. Gary, Indiana
> Population: 71,180
> Median home value: $70,500
> Poverty rate: 37.6%
> Pct. with at least a bachelor’s degree: 12.5%
Gary’s population is shrinking faster than that of any other U.S. city. The number of people that call Gary home has dropped by 26.7% in the last decade and by 25.5% in the last five years. A declining population is not especially surprising given the city’s bleak economic conditions. The typical household in the city earns only $26,367 a year, less than half of the American median annual household income. In Gary, 37.6% of people live below the poverty line, the 11th highest poverty rate of any U.S. city.
A disproportionately large share of Gary’s workforce likely lacks the education needed for high-skill, higher-paying jobs. Only 12.5% of area adults have at least a bachelor’s degree, less than half of the 30.1% corresponding education attainment rate nationwide.