No city or town is perfect, but some have serious problems that go far beyond the normal issues that most communities face. Low median annual incomes, struggling housing markets, climate or air quality problems, and high levels of poverty, crime and unemployment are among the concerns that plague residents of these American cities. If you are considering a move within the USA, you might want to avoid these 9 places when making a decision to relocate.
1. Camden, New Jersey
Camden was once a booming industrial center, but is now one of the most impoverished cities in America. Around half of its residents live below the poverty line, and high unemployment has been a problem for years. Camden is also one of the most dangerous places to live. Camden’s city property crime rate was calculated in 2012 to be 85.36% higher than the national property crime rate average, with their violent crime rate 563.3% higher than the national average. However, this city has showed some improvement recently following police reforms, and the 2017 homicide rate dropped to 23, the lowest it has been in Camden since the late 1980s.
2. Detroit, Michigan
Detroit has a longtime reputation for being a high-crime city, and that is only one of its many issues. Living below the poverty line is a problem for one in three residents of this city. Population has declined steadily over the last several decades, to 60% below what it was in 1950, which has left many homes and businesses abandoned.