Cities Journal

Top 15 Cities In The U.S. You Should Run Away From

13. Poughkeepsie, NY
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3. Poughkeepsie, NY

Poughkeepsie maximizes misery across a variety of factors — from terrible weather to oppressive property taxes, both of which were cited as reasons why this barely-a-city was included on Forbes’ list of “Most Miserable Cities.” Unless your definition of “quality time” includes idling in bumper-to-bumper traffic, keep driving past this New York town.

In January of 2014, the city received another crushing blow: a downgrade by Moody’s because of its ailing economy, according to the Hudson Valley Reporter. Meanwhile, drug use and violent crime remain problematic, according to a recent address delivered by the mayor, as reported by the Daily Freeman News.

Not a typical contender, Poughkeepsie offers high incomes, but despite the fact that residents bring home the big bucks, they have little to spend their money on: this small Hudson River Valley city offers notoriously little to do, painfully long commutes, and equally painful property taxes.

And those looking to soak in some healthy vitamin D will need to head to sunnier parts: according to Sperling’s Best Places, Poughkeepsie sees only 165 days of sun every year compared to a national average of 205. And when the Tawana Brawley incident continues to be the most newsworthy thing that’s ever happened near your town, things are looking pretty grim.

Poughkeepsie is so insignificant that most people don’t even know how to pronounce its name (it’s Po-KIP-see, for the record), nor do they care to learn.

If Poughkeepsie is known for anything at all, it’s as a punch line, thanks to Gene Hackman’s famous “Pickin’ your feet in Poughkeepsie” diatribe in “The French Connection.” We’d just as soon as pass on picking out feet in general, and would certainly avoid doing so here, but if rich, boring and gray get your pulse racing, then this may be the place for you.

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  • Buffalo

    Your crazy, Milwaukee’s beautiful and the people are outgoing and friendly.

    • Defiant

      Yeah, Milwaukee’s great! If you LOVE liberals, union bosses, and big labor.

      • olinross

        What about Pee Wee Herman Walter your governor…….


        You make that sound like a bad thing.

    • Michael Faust

      Milwaukee itself if beautiful, big labor is losing its grip and even construction workers are starting to detest the unions that kill work and ability to get projects done.

      • June Da Tru Virgo

        The city is beautiful but something is wrong when companies come from over seas to make jobs and the govnor tells them no when 40% of the population are working poor.and the public school systm is broken.

        • DCMilwaukee

          June, no sane person buys trains from Spain.
          All the REAL fast trains are from Germany, Japan and France.

          Further, most people don’t LIE about the speed of trains and come up with the SLOWEST possible proposal for trains.

      • Christian camlin

        Mr. Faust Whom did you sell your soul to, to hate Unions?.Would you like to go back to the 72 hour work week that existed before unions negotiated for shorter hours and higher wages?

    • Stuart James

      As someone who has lived in Milwaukee for 14 years, I can attest that it truly is a geat city. Not sure where Defiant has been the past 40 years, but I’d like to meet some of these union bosses running big labor in our town. Harley Davidson, Kohls, Miller Coors, Johnson and Johnson, Manpower. . . Yeah all of those Milwaukee companies are controlled by Jimmy Hoffa! LMAO

      • 1NonPermissive

        Milwaukee and Madison are out of touch with the rest of the state. A harmless observation, censorship again, pitiful.

      • dirk

        Ive got you beat by over 30 years, Milwaukee is a sprawling ghetto from 27th and Wisconsin to 76th and Silver Spring on the north side. The animals take over a VAST section of the lake front in the summer making it unusable for most families. The museum is nice but dated and lacking innovation (other than Imax). The Harley museum is interesting and Summerfest can be decent but compared to other cities it’s a dump. Each one of us has an opinion, yours is just as valid as mine. You can keep Milwaukee.

    • William John


  • Ranger Dan Parsons

    Schlock journalism, for the terminally bored.

  • Texas_slim

    I see nothing wrong here – all these cities enjoy much of the population on some form
    of entitlement program – most vote Democratic – most have “ethnic” mayors – most have
    high crime rates – most have government agencies in charge of daily life – want to
    see this country in a few more years of government involvement in daily life –
    look no further than these cities – there is nothing the citizens can’t do for
    themselves when the government is not involved – it’s called “self responsibility” — wake up folks –

    • bob


      You do know the poorest states (states on “the dole”) are predominantly Red..right???

      Great article pasted below so you can educate yourself a bit more.

      BTW.. “ethnic” mayors??? Just come out and say what you mean, don’t be a coward.

      • Defiant

        “You do know the poorest states (states on “the dole”) are predominantly Red..right???”

        You must mean Red states like California…New York…Michigan…Illinois…ROFLMAO!!! Yeah! BASTIONS of Conservatism…

        • Christian camlin

          California and New York are not poor states.However Mississippi,Alabama,South Carolina,Texas,Arkansas& Oklahoma are poor states.Funny they are all Red States.

        • David

          NY had Republican governor Pataki for a long time. Once he retired the Republicans put up lame candidates and the Democratic machine put in Cuomo eventually, who has proceeded to do a bunch of stuff he never mentioned while running or else he would have lost to the guy from Buffalo.

    • spencerfleury

      You clearly don’t know the first thing about how cities work, and you’re using this article as an excuse to justify your own racism. Well done!

      • Defiant

        You clearly don’t know how racism works…your post is an excuse to justify your liberal disease. Well done!

      • goodgold

        Thumbs down

    • Publius V. Publicola

      Ignorant people like you are an embarrassment to this great country.

    • Merry

      Because no Texans are on welfare, and certainly no white Texans are on welfare… I’m a native Texan and you, my friend, are delusional.

  • watsonsj2004

    I am certain the author is referring to “Anchorage, AK”, not “Anchorage, AL”.

  • Tom Metzger

    It is obvious the main reason these cities are bad choices to live in.I wont even have to include the details.

  • Defiant

    Is it HILARIOUS that we ALL knew that Chicagoland and Detroit would be the top two!? The only newsflash for me was which would be #1 worst, and which would be #2 worst! LOL! Morons. Don’t change a THING you do, though! Just keep on keeping on. Drive-bys…robbery…murder…rape…drugs to beat the band…what do you expect!? Just keep them all home from work living on everyone else’s dime.

    • Charon Rose

      What I wish is that Republicans AND Democrats could come together to make decisions rather than blaming problems on each other. I’ve lived in Milwaukee 22 years and I’ve seen the worst of it and the best. There’s a tremendous segregation problem. The rich live over here and the poor live across town. I’m a full time college student going for my bachelors degree. I go to two schools and work two jobs and I still end up having to decide whether to eat or put gas in my car. I work hard. I hate the word “entitlement” & I distrust people who believe everyone in the inner cities live off of government aid and don’t work. There will always be people who use programs to their advantage. And I understand why people hate to see their $ going to waste although you can’t sit in your ivory tower and tell me that even if I work hard I’ll never get ahead because I’m not entitled to anything. If you live in an area where everyone is educated in excellent school systems, they go to college, and end up making above average income what do you know about struggle? People in the inner cities sell drugs and get into gangs because they know nothing better. There’s no one teaching them to do better. Milwaukee was a thriving industrial city until jobs were taken away. Men couldn’t provide for their families and women became welfare moms = never ending cycle. I’ve never voted for a Republican because only a few handful have shown me that they are interested in my issues and not their own pockets. The shutting down of the gov a few months ago proved my point. America can’t thrive because we don’t know how to work together. Republican/Conservatives in my eyes continue to be those who rant all day about the evils of gov and gov aid but would never get off their high horse to do anything about it. Especially if it involves using money from their wallet. That’s my truth

      • DCMilwaukee

        Milwaukee has been run completely by democrats for decades. So has Wisconsin. Stop blaming republicans because they haven’t been making most of the decisions in the last 50 years.

      • Lamdog

        Sorry: Not familiar with Milwaukee politics, when was the last time the city was controlled by Republicans? To my knowledge the only major city above the Mason-Dixon line with a Republican mayor is Indianapolis In.

  • rachaelA

    Seems like the majority of the cities are in the northeast. And I do think the author has a point since NC has seen an influx of people from NY/NJ in the last decade. It’s not slowing down and they don’t move back. I believe it has more to do with lower cost of living in NC, less congestion, better weather and as so many of my ex-NY/NJ friends who are now my neighbors say better quality of life overall for their family.

    • EasttoAK

      A lot of the cities are also the older cities. That means a lot too.

  • Mark Knopfler

    I find it interesting, as I watched Robcop II the other day in preparation for the launch of the new movie. That the movie writers totally predicted the almost apocalyptic disaster the city has become, nearly 20 years ago. Not that it wasn’t a bleep-hole then, but just sayin…

  • Bob McGrail

    I really don’t see how Poughkeepsie made this list. I will grant you that property taxes are high in the Hudson Valley, but the weather is unexceptional for the Northeast and traffic is simply not a problem.

    • David

      And much maligned Metro North straight into Manhattan is something you can’t get anywhere else in the world.

  • Michael Miller

    Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit will soon be on the upswing, for unlike cities in the Southwest, they have plenty of fresh water; unlike coastal cities in the East, the Midwest cities have no fear of drowning in the rising seas.

    • Tom Laffin

      Now there’s someone sprinkled with stardust.

    • Dalton

      Chicago may have plenty of fresh water, but it’s also drowning in debt, entrenched corrupt Democrat politicians beholden to public sector unions, and a populace that would vote for Bozo the Clown if he had a (D) after his name – all willing to drive over a fiscal cliff together, full speed and pedal to the metal, while shouting the unofficial city motto, “Ubi Est Mea”. In 10 years, Chicago is going to be a basket case that will make Detroit look good. Daley left office after selling every city asset that wasn’t nailed down to keep the flower pots on Michigan Ave planted. Now there’s nothing left, and the city is running on fumes. With Tiny Dancer as mayor, few expect things to improve soon. 200,000 people fled the city between 2000 and 2010 and it won’t be long before the former “Second City” (now actually third) becomes #4, behind Houston. When that happens, the desert cities of the southwest won’t have to worry about water, because the Illinois Democrats will be eager to build pipelines to drain Lake Michigan so they can sell the water to pay 50-year old retired teachers their $100k pensions.

      • P B

        Chicago’s no Detroit, luckily. Our local economy is doing very well by comparison. And when you actually measure the overall picture, Chicago’s debt is something that actually could be fixed without having to resort to the draconian measures of Detroit.

        • Jayson Lawton

          Detroit is a sweet city that is coming back. If you ask me I would say buy when you can and move into the city, not away. when you look at the surrounding cities its a great bang for your buck. Also Dan Gilbert and Mike Illitch have been buying and developing lots of Detroit so your property value can only go up.

          When talking about the Great Lakes I don’t think we have much to worry about a “pipeline” draining them. Thanks to Canada the Great Lakes are international waters and cannot be hoarded by the U.S.

        • Dalton

          I made my comment, and you responded to it prior to yesterday’s announcement that Moody has downgraded Chicago’s bond rating down to two notches above junk bond status. (Only Detroit is rated lower.) Tiny Dancer had no comment about that, but instead tried to divert attention by proposing the city add 5000 seats to Soldier Field in an attempt to get the 2019 Super Bowl. In other news, Springfield (aka Michael Madigan – aka Bozo the Clown (D)) has decided to offer $100 million in state funds to lure the Obama presidential library to Chicago. Whose opinion does all this news tend to support?

      • Jim Skrypnyk

        It’s funny you should bring up a motto coined by a reporter who’s son
        decided to try to rob a bank while coked out of his mind. I guess he was just
        trying to get what’s his. Chicago IS on the upswing! They are a little behind
        the surrounding areas, but this summer alone, there will be over 20 swinging
        cranes downtown. That means the Union construction will finally be picking up,
        and that means more local spending. For people who purchased their homes just
        before the bubble burst, they are finally just about back to normal, at least in
        the city. I emphasized Union, because you may feel the teachers $100K pensions
        may be a little high, but the fact they are Union means it is guaranteed not to
        be snatched away by some money hungry politician who did not work for it or pay
        into it! Why is it that people like to pick on the people who help shape
        society. You’re bashing the person who is teaching OUR YOUTH!!!! There is about
        30 miles in between the north side of Chicago to the south side of Chicago, most
        of the murders are within a in a 3 mile pocket. If you want to risk dying there,
        by all means head over there. Some of our teachers want to help the kids in that
        pocket survive, and risk their own lives to do it. If you don’t think $100K is
        worth that bravery, you are a cold hearted SOB! I have met some of these hero’s
        and heard their stories. Not everyone is asking “What’s Mine?” which is why so
        many people love the city of Chicago! It is not the teachers faults the
        politicians spent their money, this doesn’t just include Chicago, Wisconsin
        should have never allowed that kind of abuse happen with their own hard earned
        money, and that wasn’t a politician with a (D) after his name…..

    • David

      I don’t live on the coast. Some rich people in Greenwich CT have had some flooding issues, too bad for them but I could not have afforded their properties anyway — still can’t!

      If we have a one foot rise in the seas (enormous) it would have no effect on me here at elevation of about 500 feet.

    • Lamdog

      The saddest part of your commentary is not the rebound of the cities based on improvement in living condition or even a rebound in the economy but the destruction of others. Remember: Obama was to lower the sea level.

  • AM

    I live in Poughkeepsie, and aside from the note on taxes (which, sadly, is spot on) it really is a wonderful place to live. Our weather is actually quite nice – lovely long springs and falls, we have dozens of excellent restaurants thanks to the Culinary Institute of America, top notch primary and secondary education, including several affordable private options, outstanding higher education institutions – Marist, Vassar, The CIA, Dutchess Community College, SUNY New Paltz, Bard, Mount St. Mary’s, just to name a few, and world-class entertainment. We’re only an hour and a half from both our State capital as well as from New York City, and let’s not forget that we’re located in the heart of the Hudson Valley – an area chock full of outdoor adventure opportunities and National history. I don’t often comment on articles, but I felt it would be a disservice to fellow readers to not play devil’s advocate as they might, as a result of reading this article, be overlooking a very nice area. Thank you.

    • APG

      I could not agree with you more. Also a Poughkeepsie native, I went to college in the Capital Area and could not miss Poughkeepsie, Albany, and the Hudson Valley area more. I now live and work in nearby Fairfield, CT, but hey — there’s no place like home. And what an incredibly scenic, historic, and perfect location to call home!

    • WhitneyR

      I also couldn’t agree more AM! Poughkeepsie is a beautiful and amazing city. Historically rich, many great theaters, places to eat, activities, art and so much more. The more negative press the more it is hindering our economic development. I am Not a Poughkeepsie native, I came to the Hudson Valley for college at SUNY New Paltz just across the river. Poughkeepsie has since then stolen my heart and fullfilled all my needs, I bought my house here. Poughkeepsie offers everything, it is quick and convenient enough for city minded people and nestled just enough in nature to calm and relax everyone it is a nice mix. We have all the shopping you need, all the education, history, river front parks, the walkway and some other hidden gems! Don’t Knock Poughkeepsie, it is thriving and can only get better with more positive press and attitudes <3

    • ColonelDrapes

      I agree. It was a surprise to me.

    • Pok

      Couldn’t disagree with you more. I’ve lived and now worked in the city my whole life, and it has been managed into ruin. The current mayor was too worried about his next election instead of maintaining a sane and sound budget. Read the New York State Comptroller report on how disastrous his administration has been for the city. It’s a crime what has happened to this place. While other cities on the river thrive and have areas to attract business and tourists, Poughkeepsie has managed to constantly mismanage the downtown area into somewhere most prefer to avoid. They are spot on, but maybe it should have been higher than number three.

    • Marc Donohue

      I grew up in Poughkeepsie and I could not wait to get away. The city center is a ghost town and dangerous. Dutchess Commmunity College? Really???? The comment in the note on bumper to bumper traffic confused me, because the streets are usually empty, but in order to do anything in the Hudson Valley you have to drive at least half an hour, and there is no public transportation at all. I dreamed about leaving when I lived there and moved to NYC as soon as I could.

      • April Amlong

        idk how long ago this was, but i go to the center all the time and its been anything but dead

  • EasttoAK

    Chicago is a great city.

    • Tom Laffin

      A bastian of crime.

      • Christian camlin

        There are over 9 million people in the Chicago area.Only 2.8 million live in the Gun park called Chicago.But add in the rest of the Area it’s no more dangerous than any other city.When you do crime by Metro Areas the most dangerous cities are mostly in Texas and other parts of the south like Northern Florida,Georgia,Mississippi Tennessee & Phoenix. Arizona.Add the other 6.2 billion to Chicago and it will not make the top 10 in crime.Add Detroit’s 5 million in the Suburbs it also is actually below normal crime rates.

        • Jemo76

          Christian, I too live in Chicago. I get recruiters literally “begging” for just a meeting with me. The job market in Chicago for qualified experts is ridiculously good. Chicago is one of the richest cities in the planet with the 5th largest GDP and the list of fortune 500 companies based in the area … McDonald’s, AllState Insurance, United Airlines, Abbott Laboratories, Discover Card, Sears Corp, Walgreens, Boeing, Kraft Foods, Exelon, Motorola, Sara Lee, AON, Caterpillar, Baxter … I’m tired of typing but all you hear is the violence. These companies would have left eons ago if the violence or democratic mayors were a problem and headed south to deal with the cowboys down there.

        • Lamdog

          As a formal Chicagoan with family still residing in the area. You are delusional. The sad part is the change was so subtle, the analogy of the frog in boiling water is perfect. The murder rate is higher than during prohibition and the Civil War. The high point: The murder rate for the past decade still has not exceeded the murder wave of the 90’s.

      • Steve Weinstein

        For better or worse, the crime is concentrated on the West Side & parts of the South Side. The middle- and upper-income areas of the city, like most major cities, are enclaves of privilege and safety.

    • David

      Yes but it’s too much trouble for what it is. Really bad traffic, really bad weather, prices as if it’s NYC (not Manhattan, but say Queens.)

  • Ken Wells

    Name one ghetto in the US, that is not run by a Demokrat large cities ..!

    • Luv2GoFly

      Can’t be done. Every single ghetto in the US is a direct result of failed liberal policies. And the idiots that live there continue time and time again to vote in the very morons who continue to perpetuate the failed polices that contribute to the disintegration of their communities and the families therein.

      • dirk


      • pbrower2a

        Right-wingers have their role in gross neglect of any place that has few of their constituency.

    • brunostrange

      I figured some dolt would come out and make the tired “all these cities are run by democrats” argument.

      I always notice that whenever someone trots out this dumb line, they always conveniently ignore that cities such as Seattle, San Fran, Austin, Boston – you know among the country’s wealthiest – are liberal towns run by liberals. Or that the poorest states in the nation are conservative GOP strongholds.

    • slimelaws

      Mayor Richard Berry is The head Republican in charge of destroying Albuquerque, NM. Corruption doesn’t care which party it comes from……People smart enough not to wander around actually loving a political party and hating their neighbors know this basic fact.

    • Joseph Minardi

      Funny how the American third world are the RED States.

  • TheMetalMan

    No, Def. The list of “taker states”–the ones that get more hand-outs in revenues than they pay in taxes–reads like a who’s who of Conservative “red” states. Nine of the top ten “most miserable” states are “red” states.

    • dwhalen8

      Yet, these are the states who would prefer no Federal money in exchange for freedom (from a citizen’s perspective, not necessarily their governments’) while the liberal states just want bigger and bigger government so they can get more money from it.

      • aisler

        Apparently the freedom to have crappy schools, poor health, treat children poorly. These are also the states that TAKE the most federal money compared to what they pay. Those liberal states like Massachusetts and New York are paying for the “freedom” and “small government” of the red states. Those darn liberals are the ones funding your “freedom”.

    • 1NonPermissive

      But, but, but i thought those that get handouts are noble, h o l y subjects? Make up your minds, permissives.

  • jk

    I recently moved back to Poughkeepsie and I think this article is spot on. I grew up here. My family has lived, worked and operated business in Poughkeepsie for generations. I’ve spent the last 20 years living in various cities around the US and overseas. Poughkeepsies leaves a lot to be disired. It has been mired with issues since the mid seventies. It has made some progress in recent years but it is slow and hardly noteworthy. Traffic on Rt 9 is often bumper to bumper, still many large vacant buildings downtown, violent crime is high on a per capita basis. I wish it were different but after watching it’s decline and the decades of promise to revitalize I’m left with little hope.

    • Raymond Conklin

      Let me know what your family business is, so I can be sure to avoid it. Don’t like it here? Leave! Our great city is growing without you.

  • Michele G

    Poughkeepsie, the taxes are high. Along with all the other towns in Dutchess County. The weather goes along with the seasons. It’s New York. Beautiful Spring, Hot, yet, pleasant summers, Perfect Fall and Cold Winter.
    The traffic, I’ve lived in Poughkeepsie and work still in Poughkeepsie. The traffic is not bumper to bumper. Unless it’s 5:00 and your heading home from work. You’ll get some traffic. Really not that bad at all.

  • sanduchi

    I beg to differ on the Poughkeepsie as AM has stated htis area, an hour and a half from midtown Manhattan is more and more becoming a sought out area. The Hudson Valley in general is growing really nicely and we have just abbout anything you want in the way of activity from great hiking, rock climbing, boating, skiing, biking, fishing, swimming etc. Great restaurants, colleges. Many new interesting creative minds coming to this area as well starting new and intersting businesses. I was a Manhattanite from a baby and I absolutely love it up here inthe Hudson Valley.

  • thunder111

    I will give you one guess as to the demographics of these liberal cesspools!

    • Frank

      I don’t think anyone NEEDS to guess.

    • HalfromNY

      But which is cause and which effect? Poor people have a hard time affording a house with a yard in the suburbs.

  • Slimefest3000 .

    I’m from NJ and I don’t know why they didn’t mention the police corruption. I’m more scared of the cops these days than the criminals. A cop in Edison just threw a molotov cocktail through another cops home window while on duty, just in case you weren’t sure what “corruption”meant.

  • GatorLegal1

    None of these cities on this list of 15 are places people “should” move from – they are all places people ARE moving away from. No real investigative journalism is needed to make this list.

  • poksux

    If you think Poughkeepsie isn’t that bad then clearly you never left NY. Born and raised in pok and have traveled extensively I would rather cut my own toe off with a rusty butter knife than ever go back to the horrid pok. Leave NY and you will see what a hole pok is. Pok deserves to be on list maybe not #3 but definitely an armpit of America.

  • ashamedtosay

    Chicago has a gun violence *problem*, but we don’t really have a *program* set up specifically to be violent with guns that this inane list suggests. I mean, gun violence isn’t a formal thing run by the city or an agency with a grant to create gun violence, you know – you guys over here, your responsibility is to be violent with guns in this area, and you guys over there, be violent with guns there. Who is being violent with guns across the large swaths of Chicago that have low crime rates? Are you sleeping on the job? Have you been attending the Gun Violence Program Meetings? I mean, snap out of it!

    • dirk

      Do you know Illinois has the toughest anti-gun laws in the country? Chicago has even more restrictive laws than the state. It hasn’t slowed the murder rate one bit, why? Because criminals don’t comply with laws THATS WHAT MAKES THEM CRIMINALS. Duh.

      • pawildcat

        Yes, and several southern cities that don’t have tough anti-gun laws have higher crime rates than Chicago. So more lax gun laws don’t necessarily stop crime, either. Duh.

        • jawman

          Don’t lump crime rates in with violent crime or gun crime rates.

      • pbrower2a

        The crooks leave Chicago to go to places with lenient gun laws in which they buy their weapons.

        I have no idea why we have no federal law prohibiting people from bringing firearms or ammunition into a state in violation of that state’s laws.

        • jawman

          Show me the data where you are coming up with this nonsense. Anyone with a criminal record can’t legally buy guns in the first place, therefore making more laws to restrict gun ownership only effects law abiding citizens (who need firearms for protection from the criminals). Criminals prefer unarmed victims. Until Jan 2014, criminals could do whatever they wanted to in Chicago because Illinois did not allow concealed carry. Finally they have a law in place for law abiding citizens with clean records to carry a concealed handgun to protect themselves and their families. Criminals do NOT flee cities or states that have restrictive gun laws, rather, they are ATTRACTED to those areas because their victims are defenseless. It’s easy pickins.

  • theauthenticEli

    i’ll always support poughkeepsie and hudson valley just wonder how a city of 35,000 makes this list with all large real cities seems odd and a bit off pk gets no luck or love

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  • Antonio Paladino

    Milwaukee is a to notch city. No traffic, crime is mostly in the inner city. Cool Downtown, great lakefront. Give it a try. Many Chicagoans make the 90 minute trek up north.

  • Nijea

    Only 30% in poverty? Not really that bad, if you ask me, even tho that’s not an accurate number. & of course its low teens in the Winter time, I never heard of a 80 degree summer up north. Milwaukee isn’t that bad of city. You can point out any bad anywhere & create a dumb ass list to put it on.

  • EJ Knapp

    Detroit is one city where you are dead wrong. The D is on its way back. There is more opportunity here for the enterprising spirit than any other city in the country and you can get in on the ground floor. If, in the 1800s, you would have jumped in a covered wagon and headed west, Detroit is you kind of destination. Is it Dangerous? Yeah, it can be. But any city can be dangerous. Don’t write Detroit off, you’ll be sorry you did.

    • Lamdog

      Please: The symbol of Detroit is the burnt out building as one sees entering and leaving Detroit by way of the Ambassador bridge. Once this eye sore is removed maybe and a small maybe at that a case can be made.

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  • zachlen

    Philadelphia should be re-names,PHILTHADEPHIA.

    • Joseph Minardi

      F.O.A.D., you illiterate bottom feeder.

  • sanity1

    Cleveland is a great place to live and work, with plenty of upscale suburbs. Cost of living is rreasonable with plenty of things to do…..speaking from one who lived in LA.

  • SuperBeeee

    Detroit’s not that bad as long as you don’t go there.

    • pbrower2a

      Detroit, for all its flaws, has an active cultural scene.

  • GreenEagle

    I notice that you had to isolate one part of Los Angeles to claim that it belongs on the list of worst American cities. East Los Angeles is not a city. Include the rest of L.A. and you have one of the most desirable places in the U.S.- particularly compared to hellholes like Saint Louis and Camden, New Jersey.

  • JRW

    Buffalo is still the second most populated city in New York.

    • Lamdog

      That’s not saying much. The state is losing population. You may lose and electoral vote by 2020.

  • Maya Novak

    You are so wrong about Milwaukee, WI. It is nothing what you describe. That makes me wonder about the rest of your list. Crime in Milwaukee is primarily confined to the Black Ghetto. The rest is quite safe, very clean and good looking.

  • Chuck Hejkal

    I live in St. Louis’ suburbs and I assure you, the rating is not nearly as strongly deserved as this article makes it appear. Are there issues and not very safe areas, yes, so to in nearly any place you pick,

  • Christian camlin

    Who made this list the guys in white Sheets?I am white so don’t accuse me of playing an unnecessary race card.but with the possible exception of Poughkeepsie all these 15 cities have in common is being majority minority.Some like Camden are truly frightening but this little article seems to miss the point.I could point out areas much worse than some of these off the top of my head.Like for example Barberton or Massillon Ohio.But those cities are mostly white so are not on the list.Poughkeepsie made it because racists are usually Republican and hate high taxes even if they provide outstanding government services.Another issue is that most of these attacks are on core cities.Cleveland and St Louis for example are wonderful towns if you include their suburbs.Cleveland East side Suburbs are beautiful and have ridiculously low crime.Their west side suburbs are not too shabby either with Lakewood & Rocky River standing out as beyond beautiful towns.St louis also has some very nice suburbs both in Missouri and Illinois though you might want to avoid East St. Louis unless you are a history buff.Point is every one of these cities is dwarfed by a much larger metro area that is better than them.Even Atlantic city is like a neighborhood in the much larger Jersey shore area.But sadly the entire list smacks as a swipe at minorities who are the majority in almost all these towns.

  • Christian camlin

    Not sure who made this list but something about it seems suspicious.Not criminal suspicious mind you.But all 15 of these except maybe Poughkeepsie are Majority minority.They are also core cities whose best neighborhoods are in the suburbs.Every one of these towns is very nice when you look at their Metro area instead of just the core city.Cleveland’s suburbs like Shaker Hts,Chagrin Falls and the Ultra Exclusive Gates Mills are as beautiful as any place in the USA. Grosse Point near Detroit or Evanston Illinois next to Chicago are also stunningly beautiful .If the comparison was of Metro areas instead of Core cities places like Texas,Louisiana,Mississippi, Alabama and Northern Florida would have the more frightening towns to live in.Though even those areas have some nice towns and some not so nice.

  • Cujo DeSoque

    How did Flint get left out?

    • pbrower2a

      Flint may no longer qualify as a ‘city’ by the standards of this report.

      East St. Louis is also missing.

  • Robert Kruchell

    I made Milwaukee my home in1970 yes its cold hear but its the Unions and the Neo-Socialism ( democrats)
    killing it. the state Governor Scott walker given Milwaukee the tools to reform but the powers to be will not budge.
    same old tax and spent. I love the people and believe it can be saved. the first thing our City government needs to do is stop drinking the Washington DC cool-aide its a city of two tails it living in the past it willing to put in a 1900s type trolley cars costing millions. and keep people on the dole. and not spending on jobs and schools. all I can say Milwaukee you are your one worst enemy. we will become the next Detroit. unless we reform our city government

    • Matt hall

      Milwaukee is a very mediocre city from dining to shopping, it has nothing to offer. There is little to no opportunities for people who are of non-European decent not only that the segregation in the city is extreme. The price of living is outrageous considering Milwaukee is one big slum it just has nothing to offer.

  • OldAZBoltfan

    Anchorage is a beautiful small city with fantastic scenery, wildlife, and within a day’s drive from some of the most spectacular places in North America. If you like fantastic fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, road trips, it’s hard to find a better city. Nice downtown area with lots of things to see and do. Seems very safe; we never felt uncomfortable walking around. Yes, it’s cold in the winter and the days are short, but it’s mild compared to the Alaska interior. The surrounding waters keeps the temps relatively moderate. Temps in the upper Midwest are very often much colder than Anchorage. I can think of a lot worse places to live…like most of the other cities on the list.

  • Delores Benson

    Quit bashing places that people love and call home.

  • BoltUp

    You mean Walker – if you’re going to hurl lame insults, at least get the name right.

    Milwaukee is excellent, from the suburbs. Come into town for events and restaurants, and escape the continuing disaster Barrett and the corrupt County Board keep at a floundering status quo.

  • Estavancruz

    As a salesman, I have been to Milwaukee numerous times. I have been lost numerous times, and had a chance to see the best, and the worst of the city trying to get to my destination. Never in my life-even in Flint MI, Detroit, Chicago, LA, Houston, and a host of other cities have I ever been accosted at gunpoint for simply being lost and asking for directions from the local indigenous population. Yeah, Milwaukee is a place that needs to be sprayed with high doses of RAID, IMO. Not for me, I can’t surround myself with the misery that abounds there. It seemed like misery, and despair outnumbered the motivated, positive thinkers 10x to 1 GL Milwaukee residents I hope it gets better for you!

  • Estavancruz

    Labor laws, the ACLU, and activist groups keeping a watchdog eye on business practices have replaced the need for unions IMO. Unions are great for the corrupt politcians and uber wealthy types that deal in secret back door deals over contracts while working together to keep free enterprise and competition away from these contracts. Thank you to the union for freeing us from the chains, but the chains are gone and we no longer live in fear of dying in a fire, chained to our equipment. To me, the union has become an enabler. It is hard to fire a worker that sucks.

  • P B

    TX should not be included as a ‘poor’ state, but does have a large number of poor people, unfortunately.

  • Ben Guentner

    The city of milwaukee itself isn’t that great. I lived there my whole life and recently moved to a neighboring suburb so my kids could be in a safer school environment. It has alot of good to offer, but it’s also an extremely racist city in my opinion. Every race lives in a different section and they all seem to despise each other. I grew up on the north side and it’s not a safe place if you happen to be white. Also if you go to any surrounding suburb most of the police seem to be racist against blacks and have no shame about it. On a side note I work in a union and couldn’t be happier about it. You get great pay, benefits, and job security. When I worked at Wal-Mart they gaved us a training module brainwashing us on how evil unions were and how Wal-Mart was looking out for us. Just to pay us minimum wage, cut hours, work holidays, and fire us over anything. I’ll keep my union.

  • pantherblue

    OUT OF DATE SNARK HERE, ESPECIALLY ABOUT BUFFALO. Granted, Buffalo has had a LONG decline in the 1960s-1990s but it turned around quite some time ago. A lively nightlife downtown (bars & clubs open to 4 am! Something California can seem to enact), beautiful historic architecture on the West Side, and cheap, cheap real estate. Granted, there is the JOBS issue. But it’s one of the very few places left in the U.S. where you can live a middle class lifestyle on working class salary–if you have a job. But you better like winter…

  • Somethingski

    I literally made an account just to tell you that you have no clue what you’re talking about. Although I shouldn’t have expected more from someone who has a Reagan thumbnail.

  • rswon

    Not only that, you have Summerfest. When I moved to the Chicago area, back in ’86, everybody down here made a big deal out of the “Taste of Chicago”. I went one year and laughed. “THIS is the Chicago Summer Festival?” For those that don’t know, Summerfest is probably the BEST music/food event in the country. You can hear everything from Polka to Death Metal, pick a food it’s probably there.

  • rswon

    Not only that, you have Summerfest. When I moved to the Chicago area,
    back in ’86, everybody down here made a big deal out of the “Taste of
    Chicago”. I went one year and laughed. “THIS is the Chicago Summer
    Festival?” For those that don’t know, Summerfest is probably the BEST
    music/food event in the country. You can hear everything from Polka to Heavy Metal, pick a food it’s probably there.

  • borntobePolitical

    What do they all have in common? Democrat run government with heavy labor union membership.

    • MerriAnnie

      Probably because the people who did some Google searches and came up with this list are Republicans who don’t want to admit that red states are welfare queens and the Happiness Factor would be zero if there were not enough Republicans in the far right states to brag about the low wages and lack of opportunities. Topeka, Kansas, for instance, once had the number one spot in the nation for a city its size for violent crime. The crime is still bad there. And yet the people here would vote it to be a good place because all the politicians are far right. But these people didn’t even bother to poll anybody. They did a quick search to find Democratic places and put them up. They’re easy to see through.

      Btw, Anchorage is the place that voted Sarah DumbChick Palin in as governor.

  • Debby Ward

    funny how they chose all the cities with high illegal immigrant counts and a “touch” of welfare state to go along with it..

  • Russ Klettke

    And….the objective analysis provided by this data-thin, flyover take on mostly four-season cities is from whom?

  • keller23

    Alternate Headline: 15 Cities Run By Democrat Mayors

  • David

    I agree about Chicago. It’s a gutsy call, but correct. Overpriced, worse than NYC in every single way. Including the intellectual culture. They have a brain drain because, frankly, those who can go to NYC prefer it. It’s been this way for 150 years. Some great architect said it — the buildings are great, the climate miserable.

    I live not far from Poughkeepsie. That pick makes no sense at all, the Hudson Valley, with easy train access to NYC and beautiful views, and not-bad weather, is a real deal. Maybe we’ll move there when we retire for the Hudson River views and lower property taxes than neighboring towns with prestigious school districts.

  • PicklePaul

    I am moving to Philly this year after considerable research on US cities. I work at home and can live in any US city that I choose. Here is a summary of some of the reasons the article is really just a silly “provocation piece” designed to bring you to this ad-invested website and certainly dead wrong about Philadelphia.

    The city is a tremendously walkable, very European feeling city with a GROWING middleclass population downtown, more TV celebrity chefs (Iron Chefs Morimoto and Garces, this year’s Top Chef Nick Elmi and many more) than almost any US city (and tons of other highly rated restaurants, gastropubs, etc.),

    It has tons more culture and history than almost any American City, Beyond the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Betsy Ross House, etc., a top 5 US Symphony Orchestra, tons of sidewalk cafes, good mass transit, clubs and theatres galore, world-class museums (comparable to cities like New York and Paris), and a fabulous location very close to New York and Washington (the wealthiest and one of the most innovative corridors in the US).

    It has no earthquakes, no serious droughts, no tornadoes worth mentioning, is insulated from Atlantic storms by the state of New Jersey (but is driveable to the white sand beaches of that state and Pocano Mountain range skiing),

    It enjoys a diverse economy (examples include Comcast headquarters, Aramark, FMC, and many biotech firms such as GlaxoSmithKline, much more). I might add that Comcast is doubling-down on Philly with the construction of its new innovation building ($1.2Billion designed by the great architect Norman Foster).

    It has several fine universities including an Ivy League one, and one of the most famous business schools in the world (Wharton). The Curtis Institute (where people like Leonard Berstein and others studied) is comparable to Julliard and harder to get into than Harvard.

    Here’s a link to a very recent article from the Huffington Post (sort of the anti-version of this list) naming Philadelphia America’s most underrated city, but the real point is that the city has soul, energy, creativity, and incredible quality of life that is improving. Yes, there are the usual challenges around city schools and public pensions, but the city now has an A+ credit rating (it was junk bond level in the 80s) and has made huge progress. In my experience, it is a great place to visit and live.

  • jfinch

    Lets use a quick Google search, apply zero context, and spend about 5 minutes putting together a top 15 list. Quality work!

  • jfinch

    Lets do a quick internet search, apply zero context, and wrap up a “top 15″ list in less than 5 minutes. Quality work.

  • ESM78

    This article seems to be based off of statistical data, rather than any type of living experience. Have you been to Chicago? Have you jogged on the Lakefront at 10pm? Or taken the L to work? Or walked through Wrigley during a Cubs game? Been to Little Italy, or Greektown, or Chinatown? Played beach volleyball with friends on a weekend?

    Have you been to Detroit? Tried both Lafayette and American Coney Island? Have you been to Joe Louis Arena? Or gone sailing on Lake St. Claire? Have you gone out in Greektown? Have you stayed at the casinos? Have you been to the DIA? Do you know where Belle Isle is?

    I have only lived in these two cities, so I can’t speak for the rest. I only image residents of the other cities feel the way I do though. My message is simply this- if you are reading this list, take everything with a grain of salt. To read that a city has high crime rates and high gas prices is almost humorous, give me a city that doesn’t and then we can talk. Articles like this are infuriating because the author almost never has actual experience living in any of the cities on the list. Chicago and Detroit are two of the most inspiring cities I have ever been to, filled with some of the proudest citizens of any city. Crime is a problem, sure, but lists like this are not what is going to solve it, it’s people like myself, my peers, my colleagues, and the residents that work in the city, with the young children growing up in the “war zones” that will make the city change. So if your not willing to work for your city, move somewhere fluffy like Hollywood. If you are willing to put in the work though, I promise you, your connection and love for the city will go so deep you will spend 20 minutes formulating a response to a stupid article that likely only 50 other fools will read.

  • Curtis Bridges

    Thank you Coleman Young and company, your work at destroying a once great city ——— Detroit——–lives on.

  • DCMilwaukee

    Milwaukee’s crime is predominately in a certain very small area. Most of the city is no problem. These idiots that put this together really know nothing about the city. It would be much closer to Minneapolis – actually Minneapolis was more dangerous.

  • Matt hall

    Milwaukee is a very mediocre city from dining to shopping, it has nothing to offer. There is little to no opportunities for people who are of non-European decent not only that the segregation in the city is extreme. The price of living is outrageous considering Milwaukee is one big slum it just has nothing to offer.

  • Krissykakes

    I live in Chicago and it can suck at times. I really don’t think the city should be listed at number 2. I would rather live here any day than any of the other cities on this list. We have many great restaurants, excellent museums and a great nightlife. The people of Chicago know what a great place it is and that’s why we defend our city. Maybe this author should try living In these places before they rate them.

  • isotropic

    I was expecting to see Newark on the list, but I guess it’s not there because everyone has already left.

  • A2Mike

    I don’t know if Chicago being number two on the list should be a comfort of some kind, but sometimes supporting Detroit does make one feel like a member of some South Pacific cargo cult.

  • bonnvie

    Don’t quite understand the Chicago review. If you’re reading mashable, chances are that you’re not living or visiting any of the parts of the city that contain 99% of the violence. I think we need to create “North Chicago” and “South Chicago” so that media will start being realistic. I’m personally looking to move out of Chicago because of the only major negative… not much to do outside in the winter. But, if you’re single or even married without kids, and don’t mind wearing a thicker coat for a few months, then Chicago is hands down the best city I’ve ever lived in. Chicago (sorry “North Chicago” or “North of the river Chicago”) is the more livable big city I know. In particular, as a transplant myself, no other big city is anywhere near as welcoming for outsiders. With people pouring in from all over the country and planet for that matter, it’s the common-sense, friendly big city that gives you a bit of a chill annually.

  • Pete Milano

    The most devasting crime and corruption in this country occurs in WDC and NYC. Everything else is jaywalking. These are all American cities, don’t bad mouth peoples homes, spend time calling out the real criminals.

  • drucee

    Buffalo is still New York’s second-largest city. If you’re going to unashamedly write clickbait, at least do a little research first.

  • David P L

    East LA is not a city- it is just the wrong side of the tracks in a city. I wouldn’t want to live there, but many have paid their life savings to do just that. They moved there from a low tax, low living expense place- Mexico.

  • Geno

    Kruchell, … “drinking the DC cool-aide” what’s that? Your Walker has been at it for two terms and nothing. Oh, it’s the city gov’s fault. And, what is keeping on the dole? Wisconsin has welfare for life? I think not. And, you’ve never been to Detroit. The Tigers have already sold out and the Pistons will be moving from the burbs to … Downtown Detroit. All big cities are or will have a budgeting problem. Period! As for me, I’ve been here since 2007 and could have retired from the military anywhere. I said, Not Honolulu, not Tampa, not Atlanta, not Charlotte ……nope, here in Detroit. You heard it, I Love the big D.

  • jeccalullaby856

    I can’t believe Camden was 4th… Should definitely be first.

  • Datgirl

    I <3 BUFFALO!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Danni Smith

    You are not aware of the corruption that has bankrupted the state. Not aware that businesses and taxpayers are fleeing? Not aware that Chicago ranks 50 in its bond rating. Not aware that the taxes and fees and costs for everything are bringing a revolt in the state? Not aware that the state has placed and continues to place more and more controls on people in order to fine and penalize them to collect more revenue? Not aware that voters are continuing to elect indicted people? Not aware that Illinois has had 5 governors in jail. Recently, 2 at the same time? People are not pouring in they are pouring out-4 million in the past 10 years.

  • john_robinson

    …and all of these places are run by democrats. No surprise.

  • Andaz

    These top list this and that are really stupid. The worst city in America is San Francisco, where the streets smell like pee and the people are butt ugly.. and it’s grey and cold though out the summer. It’s an over priced chit hole!

  • Steve Weinstein

    Poughkeepsie — which is beautiful and I’ve never seen a traffic jam, on the Metro-North line to NYC, home of Vassar College — is in here but not Gary, Ind., or East St. Louis, Ill.?

  • BD

    Did you come up with that all by yourself?

  • PicklePaul

    Appreciate your passion. Also, cities are where our young people are going. They want to walk or bike to work, not sit in traffic spewing fumes. Read a book like the “Triumph of the City.” Cities support, per capita, most of our patents and innovation. They house our great museums, monuments, not to mention often the best restaurants and clubs (on the fun side). They have much lower carbon footprints (per capita) than the suburbs. In short, if you care about being where the human race is innovating, inventing, learning, growing, then leave the strip malls of the suburbs and live in a city. Cities like Chicago, Philadelphia, LA, NYC, Washington are great American cities starting to recover and excel again.

    Now, if we can only get the politicians to move their minds into the 21st century, adequately fund public education, public transit, etc. we’d be in good shape! :-)

  • Observer974

    I went to Chicago for a Microsoft conference. Stayed in the downttOwn Hilton. Two girls shot to death, on street, straight down from my 8th floor room. Made the mistake of taking a bus to the conference the first day. Got chased from the bus stop into the conference center, by a black gang. Day two – robbed at gunpoint outside of the Hilton. Day three, two other conference attendee’s were robbed and beaten. Day 4…. I left and a sure as hell won’t be going back. What a cesspool of a city. It should be carpet bombed flat, all of the residents rounded up as domestic terrorists and permanently locked up.

  • S.S. Fearless

    The unions have served their purpose. Back in the early days of industrialization and up to as late as the 1960s, unions went to bat for the working man to make sure the slavedrivers paid fair wages and kept decent work weeks. Now, because of union action, we have labor laws to protect the worker from labor exploitation. Today, the unions have become nothing more than a political action group, siphoning funds from the workers they’re supposed to be protecting under threat of job loss or worse. Today, the workers that should be unionized (food service, retail) work for employers (McDonald’s, WalMart) that have lobbied the government to make sure they never can unionize and those industries that have unions (auto industry, teachers) no longer need them.

    The unions need to drop the politics and defend those workers who are still being exploited the worst. Of course, unions need to keep an eye on industries they vacate to make sure those employers don’t go back to slavedriving hours and low pay, but by and large, unions are no longer needed.

    • Bill S

      Excellent point

  • S.S. Fearless

    Hmmm… blame right-wingers for leftists not voting for them. Sounds like liberal logic to me. Besides, it not so much neglect by the right wingers and the lefties unwillingness to vote on right-leaning policies. If the ballot doesn’t say “give…” it’s always voted down.

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  • Bob McGrail

    Amen to that.

  • kat

    Are you serious? lol Most dangerous city in the U.S. I wouldn’t live there.

  • Merry

    Judging Chicago by what the media reports is like judging LA by what happens in Compton. If you can afford to do it right, Chicago is a wonderful place to live and raise children. I’ve yet to visit a big city that didn’t have problem areas. Yes, we have a high crime rate…in a few very condensed areas. The same was true when I lived in/visited Dallas, Atlanta, Charlotte, New York, Boston, LA, etc… Chicago is terrible place to live if you are existing hand to mouth, but, that is true for all big cities. I’ve lived here for fifteen years (on the north side) and it’s my favorite home.

  • Sunshine1011

    I didn’t even need to see #1, already knew what they would pick.

  • ag8tor11

    There’s a reason I live in the south. Not one southern city mentioned. All are run by northern liberals and race baiters. Glad some of you like it up there. PLease stay!

  • Jet214

    All of these cities have one thing in common: a growing black population and a decreasing white population. Man, the blacks ruin everything in this country. What a bunch of losers.

  • Wanderer

    LMAO, Wisconsin “run completely by democrats” for “the last 50 years”. Is Tommy Thompson a Democrat now, genius?

  • BarnRooster

    Well, let’s talk about where the rubber hits the road. All of these dumps have Extremely high prices for basketball sneakers!! Yes, I teach statistics and there is a definite correlation between the price of basketball sneakers and urban ills. REGISTER SNEAKERS!

  • Don Wood

    Your data and information is seriously flawed! Buffalo is on a “roll” and coming back strong. Excellent universities, outstanding medical facilities, tremendous cancer research labs, world class contemporary/modern art galleries, adventuresome entrepreneurs, great recreational water ways, outstanding national sport teams, fine restaurants, top architectural buildings and homes, great cross cultural communities, one of the finest water fronts in the country, great parks and recreational facilities, scenic Niagara Falls within minutes from Buffalo, stage productions par excellent, and biking trails galore. Our weather, ahhhhh, could be warmer, but, great for winter sports and ice fishing. Then again most of the Mid West and East coast were experiencing the same conditions as Buffalo.
    N.B. I failed to mention the low cost of property values. A great place to live!

  • scott

    has anyone else noticed with the exception of maybe 2 cities,the rest were all well known to be overrun with blacks and other minorities?Notice you do not hear about high crime rates in all white ares,I wonder why that is,maybe the fact that most whites live within the rule of law,work for what they have and respect their neighbors

  • Gervis

    They’ve clearly never been to Milwaukee. Seriously, screw this asshat who wrote this.

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  • anonymous

    none of this is in philadelphia. live in west philadelphia for a couple years, then read this article. you’ll agree with every word.

  • D

    Wow completely shocked by the last paragraph of the Philadelphia section. You really did some solid research there finding information that everyone hasn’t heard before about something that people who are probably 70 years old now did at a sports game. Definitely get out while you can!!!

  • HalfromNY

    I’ve visited Chicago twice. The downtown looks great and almost the whole North Side is thriving. There’s a string of beautiful suburbs heading north along the lake. I liked it a lot. (Not sure if I could deal with winter, though.)

  • Jim

    Murder rate in St. Louis is 35/100,000, not 35/1,000 as reported above. It should be obvious to whomever wrote this article that 3.5% of a city’s population isn’t murdered in a given year.

  • Sizzer

    This has got to be the most short sided childish piece of journalism I have read all year. I hate these stupid polls.. “oh cleveland has been palgued by river fires” that was 30 years ago you jackass. Did you fail to reasearch and find that the city convention center has booked enough tourism to build a 600 room Hilton attached to the convention center with 50K sq feet of convention space? MORON. Oh, and St. Louis? how about the fact that it is dedicated to providing free access to the arts and zoo. Forest Park is one of the most beautiful pieces of urban landscap in the country. I could go on and on. O travel alot for business and this is just nothing short of a highschool newspaper. Get a life and follow something worhtwhile and report that you idiots..

  • Glenn Belverio

    Bashing cities that people are struggling to have a decent life in is reprehensible and anti-American. It’s also lazy journalism–the information here is largely based on statistics, some of them specious or outdated. Articles like this are only going to drag these cities down even more. Put your shoes on, get on a train, pick up the phone and try some real journalism that goes beyond Googling a few statistics: interview some of the residents and politicians in question (instead of just pulling a quote off a website.) Visit the cities.

  • Philatonian

    This is a mess. What even qualifies a city for this list? You go from Chicago to Paterson, NJ to East LA – which isn’t even a city. It’s just a rant. More thoughtful and informed journalism is in the comments section.

  • Ben

    I think they were a bit harsh against Milwaukee. Wisconsin is a very cheap state to live in. $43,000 goes a long way there.

  • Harry Joy

    Kerouac didn’t write about Paterson; William Carlos Williams (and Allen Ginsberg) did.

  • Lee Batdorff

    CitiesJournal gets readers worked up by anonymously pouring bile, (there is no bi-line to the story), about cities that are typical targets of people who apparently have little to do except bad mouth places they are little familiar with. CitiesJournal apparently is a national equivalent of a snarly city paper with a sophomoric chip on it’s shoulder. There are publications that treat its subjects with professionalism and actually look into what is being covered. I don’t need CitiesJournal.

  • Ann VerWiebe

    The Cuyahoga River fire in Cleveland happened literally DECADES ago. If your premise is that cities can’t improve over time, it’s a flawed premise. Northeast Ohio is beautiful, has a nearby national park, is home to worldclass arts and cultural organizations, and is truly affordable. As far as having sports teams no one roots for, that’s just plain crazy talk.

  • Steve Bottorff

    Author relied or hearsay rather than check his facts about Cleveland. World’s best Orchestra, Art Museum and Hospitals. Thriving theater district, second largest in the nation. Notable restaurant scene including Iron Chef Michael Simon.

  • April Amlong

    I live in poughkeepsie and well, I have no issues thus far! I moved here from a small town but I grew up in Albany. I also lived in the bronx so I had my share of cities. THe review says its boring here and the weather sucks blah blah! you think its bad here?go to the town I was living in, we had to travel 45 mins to the nearest mall and all they offered there were parks, to do anything you had to travel at least a half hour. Theres so much to do here its unbelievable lol!!

  • Joe

    Sorry to tell ya but Buffalo is the #1 most affordable city to live in the Ginny wop Palidino didn’t even come close. We are not in debt. We are building one of the biggest nanotechnology sectors around. We were #5 in the country in construction last year. There are cranes all over. We are building a huge medical campus. The young are moving back into the city from the suburbs and depopulation has slowed with people moving back. We are taking back the housing from the slumlords especially the corporate ones that only come when they are getting housing fines. New houses are going up and old neighborhoods are coming back. The high school drop out rate is falling, and the graduation rate is going up. We also have this fund which is called Say Yes to Education which guarantees every kid that graduates high school college tuition depending on your income level. Which has to be pretty high not to get anything. Last year 98% of the graduates used it. NY is in the top 10 in education and #1 in science scholarships so until you do some research to even bring us up. Oh and bars that stay open till 4am , ladies night and an Olmsted park system second only to NY city. Yeah were really doing bad.

  • gski69 .

    I could make this kind of list for any city or area….I could also make a list of any city or area and tell you how wonderful it is…. You can find good and bad anywhere and everywhere. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…Enjoy.

  • Patrick Blake

    Buffalo NY has a $200,000,000 dollar surplus.

  • Bufflove

    I love Buffalo! We have many new building projects. The wonderful medical campus for learning, research and care is still growing by leaps and bounds. Our harbor is getting a lot of work done on it with new activities and parks. Don’t forget the people! We are caring and open. We help each other. As for the snow….who knows how to remove it better than us?!

  • Sean Patrick Oswald

    Where is it that your getting your facts? You find what’s negative about cities and ignore any positives. I’m sure I could find a ton of negatives about Raleigh, Portland, Austin, etc.

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  • Rainbow34

    New York is not a “RED” state.

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