America is a nation divided; there are cities like Oakland that are enjoying a booming economy, and more new hipster start-ups than you can count. However, Oakland is also lamenting the highest violent crime rate in the country, so you might be left scratching your head. Across large states of America, the former blue collar and middle classes are becoming poor as fast as the explosion in private jet sales and executive services.
With that contrast in mind, and with the understanding that this list could easily have been about 50 deteriorating cities, all with similar stories, after weighing a complex set of indicators like crime and poverty, here are 10 of America’s worst cities to live;
Cleveland is the third-poorest city in America, with one of the lowest average household incomes and 37% of the population living in poverty. City development and recovery has also been derailed by widespread political corruption. Only Oakland has more robberies per capita, and with violent crimes being committed almost 1500 times per 100,000 people and 60 inches of snowfall each winter, the ‘mistake by the lake’, as it’s known as to the rest of the country-is a city in distress.