You do not need the U.S. Misery Index to tell you that things are bad in some parts of the U.S. Unemployment in the neighborhood or at all-time highs in many parts of the country, bankruptcies continue to happen at an unprecedented rate and there are some very real indicators that we are on the way to a double-dip recession. Factors such as unemployment, poverty and crime are inevitable in American cities with large populations. However, there are some cities that have a significant crime and unemployment, making them the most dangerous cities in America. The worst cities to live in America are generally graded on factors such the crime rate, unemployment, population, traffic, and poverty level. The following will guide you through a list of some of the worst cities in America. Although I have not all these places, I have enough photos to know that I probably do not want to visit, let alone live.
1. El Centro, Calif.
The desert city in Imperial County is just across the border from Mexicali, has an unemployment rate triple the national average of 9.5% due to seasonal fluctuations in agricultural workers. Field work is the province's third largest employment sector after government, transportation and utilities, according to AOL News.
2. Detroit, Michigan
it’s a dubious honor to be the most stressful city in America, but it is one that Detroit can now say, according to Portfolio.com, a national news site for small businesses and corporate executives.
The site looked at unemployment, personal finance information, environment, health and standard of living and crime on the list of 50 cities put together.
According to the ranking:
Detroit is saddled with a large unemployment rate, 14.3 percent on year results, the third-worst rate in 50 country's largest markets. It is also one of the 10 places with the most murders, most robberies, most heart attacks, most families in poverty, and the fewest sunny days.
3. Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland has an unemployment rate of 8.5 percent and housing prices have dropped nearly 20 percent from its peak a few years ago. It also has one of the highest crime rates in the U.S. and the low amount of sunshine. Sharply rising unemployment in Greater Cleveland, but most provinces across the country have higher unemployment than in the region.
4. Stockton, California
Stockton ranks in the bottom four looked at: commute times, income tax rates, unemployment and violent crime. Only New York City has a higher tax rate than what Stockton, and all California residents, are forced to pay.
Stockton was ground zero for the housing boom and now the subsequent bust. House prices more than tripled between 1998 and 2005 and then collapsed last year. Stockton the country had the highest foreclosure rate last year at 9.5%, according to RealtyTrac.
5. Las Vegas, Nevada
High unemployment and a housing foreclosure nightmare make it incredible that Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid would be a chance of reelection in 2010. If he does, the people of Nevada have no one to blame but themselves for their future fate.
Las Vegas was one of the hardest-hit cities as the housing bubble burst.
In fact, the metro area was the epicenter of the gang, with the highest foreclosure rate in the country in 2009, according to a report by RealtyTrac. So many houses are empty, some neighborhoods or anyone in the neighborhood or a solitary inhabitant.
6. Buffalo, New York
Buffalo has also struggled with the industrialization and the recession did not help: The city's unemployment rate actually rose recently to 8.2 percent from 7.6 percent last August. Other reasons the city made the list were bad weather and little sunshine, high taxes and high crime rate, according to city-data.com
7. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City is the unhealthiest city in the country, as measured by the American College of Sports Medicine's annual fitness index. The index looks at 30 fitness indicators, including obesity and physical activity rates, mortality from cardiovascular disease, acres of parkland, the number of GPs per capita and the percentage of residents who bike or walk to work.
8. Los Angeles, California
California unemployment rate reached a new high in March, hitting 12.6%, reinforcing fears that unemployment will be a persistent problem by at least the end of the year remains. Unemployment in February was 12.5%.
California was tied with Rhode Island for the third highest unemployment rate in the country, after Michigan and Nevada, according to data released Friday morning by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The national unemployment rate in March was 9.7%.
9. Phoenix, Arizona
Arizona's seasonally adjusted unemployment fell by two tenths of a point last month, up 9.1 percent.
The state added 26,100 jobs between August and September. While most of them were in public education - the private sector employment increased by 4,100 - people who normally return to work this time of year.
10. Miami, Florida
Miami is one of the highest violent crime rates in the country as one of the highest property crime rates. Making Miami even more stressful is the long travel time, high unemployment and high levels of divorce. Despite these factors, Miami residents manage to maintain a positive mental attitude. Miami has enjoyed a large population migration due to weather conditions, housing boom and the location to the Caribbean. In the last five years, the average price of a house went from $ 150,000 to $ 265,000.