On the one side of the Mississippi River, there is St. Louis, Missouri. Straddling its eastern side, in the state of Illinois, there is East St. Louis. Either there must be something up with the river or with the name “St. Louis” because both of these cities just have plenty of bad vibes. In the 1970s, the city was first hit by a declining and fleeing middle class.
Basic civil amenities weren’t supported by dwindling taxes. Now, it has one of the highest homicide rates in the US. Much of the high crime rate can be attributed to gang violence and poverty levels. About 31% of the people live below the poverty line. And still, it gets worse. In the last decade, the population has decreased by 32%.
While the name “Oakland” suggests a quaint and peaceful city set among oak trees, this city is anything but. Located on the eastern section of the San Francisco Bay, Oakland has been steadily struggling with gang violence and substance trafficking. Since the 1980s, the city has seen a regular influx of substance trafficking, particularly of the harsher varieties.
To make matters worse, violence is becoming a burden the city cannot deal with. In 2021, the city reported its deadliest year since 2006. Last year, the city recorded 113 homicides – which was actually an improvement. Oakland is known for being a vibrant part of San Francisco. Yet, sadly, it has a high homicide rate. Its struggles with gang violence and substance trafficking make it one of the most miserable in the US.
Los Angeles, California
It is bad enough being one of the worst cities in the USA, but the City of Angels is apparently so bad, it is ranked one of the worst in the world. According to the opinions of many expats, LA may be the city of glitz and glamor and Hollywood, but it is also a city riddled with homelessness, overreliance on vehicles, and a lot of bad traffic, and the worst part is you pay an arm and a leg for rent and property taxes.
Recently, it has ranked third as one of the cities Americans are fleeing. There are still some positive comments people make about LA. Expats and residents love the generally warm climate throughout the year, but that doesn’t make the heavy commutes any more pleasant.
Located in Fresno County and about a 40-minute drive from Fresno is the agricultural city, of Mendota. In many ways, Mendota struggles with similar problems such as economic decline to other cities like Fresno and Bakersfield in this county. If you are hoping to have a bright future, Mendota, California is not where it is at. According to a USA Today article published in 2019, only 1.8% of Mendota residents hold a Bachelor’s degree which is the lowest of any US city.
Furthermore, the median household income is $27,500 meaning that almost 50% of the population are living below the poverty line. It wouldn’t seem to get any more miserable than that, but Mendota also struggles with unemployment. Approximately, 15.4% of the population is unemployed.
Florida City, Florida
Recently, there has been a surge in the state of Florida. Warmer temperatures and not having to pay income tax are some of the main draws. That being said, not every city in Florida is worth moving to. One obvious contender is Florida City, which just happens to be the state’s namesake. And sharing the name of the state just tarnishes the whole state.
One of the main issues with Florida City is its high rate of violence. Not only does it have the highest rates of violence and property crime in the state, but also in the country. In 2017, the city reported rates of 2,276 violent crimes per 100,000 people. The rates of property crime were approximately 7,925 per 100,000 people.