The Least Desirable Residences States in the US
Everyone has their preferred place to live or avoid. While personal preferences play a role, research has been conducted to identify the least desirable places to reside in the US. The list is determined based on various factors like the economy, job opportunities, healthcare, and crime rates. Want to know if your city or town made a list and if you should consider moving elsewhere? Continue reading to find out.
Helena – West Helena – Arkansas
If you were considering the small town of Helena-West Helena in Arkansas for a peaceful lifestyle, you might want to reconsider. Despite its small population of just over 10,000, this town is ranked as the worst place to live in Arkansas. It faces problems in both safety and economic conditions, including being the poorest city in the state with limited job opportunities and low pay. However, the silver lining is that the cost of living is relatively low, with affordable housing and groceries.
Mendota – California
If you’re on the hunt for the perfect city in California, you might want to steer clear of Mendota. With over half the population just scraping by, it’s not exactly the American Dream come true. The poverty rate is sky-high compared to the rest of the state, and there’s not much to do for fun. And while houses might be cheap, a lot of people still can’t afford them because their salaries are so low. You might also want to avoid Emeryville and Oakland if you’re looking for the good life.
Glendale – Colorado
Don’t be fooled by all the stunning pics of Colorado online. Not every place in the state is worth living in. If you’re considering relocating there, you might want to avoid Glendale. Studies show that Glendale is the most dangerous city in the state, with a crime happening every 50 hours. And it’s not just any kind of crime, and the property crime rate is 10x higher than the national average in this small town with only 5,200 residents! You’re five times more likely to be a victim of property crime and have a 1 in 107 chance of being a victim of violent crime if you live in Glendale. To top it off, it also has the second-highest murder rate in the state.
Anchorage – Alaska
Were you thinking about moving to Alaska? With its stunning mountains, snow, and lakes, it’s easy to see why some folks might dream of living there. But before you pack your bags, consider this: Anchorage, the picturesque harbor town, might not be the best choice. Despite its charming appearance, crime rates in Anchorage are through the roof, with your chances of becoming a victim of a crime being 1 in 76. And if that’s not enough, things are also really pricey in Anchorage – not only do you have to deal with high property taxes, but everyday products and services are nearly 30% more expensive than in the rest of the US.
Hartford – Connecticut
Hartford, the capital city, isn’t exactly living up to its reputation. With 23 murders and 874 assaults in 2020, it’s got some serious crime problems. And for a city with less than 130,000 people, that’s a lot. It’s actually the second-highest city for murders in a year. But hey, Hartford could be a good move for you if you’re a firefighter. The city tops the list for arson cases.
Wilmington – Delaware
Thinking Delaware is safe? Think again. There are some sketchy places in the state that you may want to avoid when moving. Take Wilmington, for instance; it’s known as America’s “Murder City.” Even in fancy neighborhoods, you might still need to watch your back, especially at night. With a population of just over 70k, this state capital had 31 murders in 2020. That’s a 15% chance of being a victim of violent crime and a 45% chance of falling prey to property crime. So, yep, Wilmington is the most dangerous place to live in Delaware. On the bright side, it’s the state capital where most excitement happens.
Florida City – Florida
Want to live in Florida? With all its beaches and tourist spots, it may seem like a no-brainer. But, like any state, there are some places you should avoid. Unfortunately, one of those places is Florida City. Despite having just over 10,000 residents, crime rates are through the roof, with a 1 in 34 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime. Yikes! That’s even higher than your chances of coming across an alligator in the Everglades National Park. So think about it before making a move.
East Point – Georgia
If you’re thinking of the worst place to live in Georgia, you might think of Atlanta, but there are even worse cities out there. One of them is East Point, which is way worse than Atlanta. It’s a small city with around 35,000 people and the most dangerous city in the state. One out of 8 residents in the city has been robbed or had their car stolen. And you’re four times more likely to be a victim of property crime there than anywhere else in the state. So, maybe you should think about living somewhere else. College Park and Albany are two other places to avoid.
Rockford – Illinois
Thinking of moving to Illinois? Rockford sounds like the perfect spot, with its location between Chicago and Milwaukee, beautiful architecture, and 140,000 inhabitants. But beware because this idyllic-sounding city is actually one of the most dangerous places to live in the state. With a 1 in 68 chance of being a victim of a violent crime and high property crime rates, it’s not as perfect as it seems.
Michigan City – Indiana
Michigan City is in Indiana, not Michigan, but that’s not the reason you might want to skip it. It shares some not-so-great similarities with Detroit, like abandoned and damaged buildings, harsh weather, and high poverty rates due to a lack of jobs. With nearly a third of residents living in poverty and poor schools, it’s not the most desirable place to live. And to top it off, the property crime rate is alarmingly high, with 4,500 cases reported last year for the city’s 31,000 residents. Unfortunately, crime seems to be on the rise here.