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Crime drags Rockford down 247wallst.com ranking

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Crime drags Rockford down 247wallst.com ranking

Rockford went the wrong direction on 247wallst.com’s annual list of worst cities to live in.

In 2016, Rockford was ranked 18th on the list and moved up to No. 16 for 2017. The 2018 ranking will be released around June. Considering the fact that crime in Rockford spiked in 2016, it isn’t surprising that Rockford moved up slightly on the list.

In fact, crime was one of the main reasons Rockford was listed and listed so highly. 247wallst.com cited “an annual violent crime rate of 1,585 incidents for every 100,000 residents,” which was among the 10 worst of the 551 cities considered for the ranking.

The 247wallst.com ranking is among the more interesting statistical-based rankings that you’ll find. For each city, the website listed population, median housing value, poverty rate and percent of adults with bachelor’s degrees. It did not list but took into account job growth and unemployment rate as well as crime and cost of living. The numbers come from a variety of 2015 and 2016 reports.

That particular mix of criteria brings a lot of cities into the negative spotlight. You’ll find several familiar struggling cities among the 50 worst. Flint, Michigan, was ranked No. 3 in 201, Youngstown, Ohio, was No. 21 and Gary, Indiana, came in at No. 29.

St. Louis, Missouri, also was on the list, coming in as fourth worst, as was Miami Beach (No. 17), Chattanooga, Tennessee (No. 30) and Kansas City, Kansas (No. 49).

Here were the 20 worst American cities to live in, according to 247wallst.com.

20 Worst American Cities to Live In 2017

Rank

City

Pop.

Home val.

Pov. %

Bach. %

Note

20.

Canton, Ohio

71,895

$62,700

31.6%

14.4%

1,129 violent crime per 100,000

19.

Pueblo, Colo.

109,419

$124,700

25.1%

18.4%

Median household inc.: $43,000

18.

Springfield, Mass.

154,336

$146,700

27.3%

17.5%

9.3% unemployment rate

17.

Miami Beach, Fla.

92,311

$460,000

15.1%

48.1%

Highest property crime rate in U.S.

16.

Rockford, Ill.

149,346

$87,200

22.4%

20.9%

1,585 violent crime per 100,000

15.

Jackson, Miss.

170,811

$92,600

31.7%

26.9%

6.4% unemployment rate

14.

Baltimore, Md.

621,849

$155,600

22.9%

29.9%

1,536 violent crime per 100,000

13.

Stockton, Calif.

305,650

$224,300

21.8%

17.8%

9.6% unemployment rate

12.

Springfield, Mo.

166,798

$113,500

24.1%

28.0%

3rd highest property crime
rate

11.

San Bernardino, Calif.

216,137

$201,300

32.6%

12.2%

Air is hazardous 57 days per year

10.

Wilmington, Del.

71,957

$160,300

26.0%

25.4%

1,708 violent crime per 100,000

9.

Merced, Calif.

82,440

$204,400

35.1%

19.5%

10.7% unemployment rate

8.

Hartford, Conn.

124,014

$159,200

28.3%

16.9%

10.4% unemployment rate

7.

Albany, Ga.

71,109

$92,600

32.0%

19.0%

2nd largest employment
decline

6.

Milwaukee, Wis.

600,154

$114,000

26.8%

23.9%

Median household inc.: $37,495

5.

Memphis, Tenn.

655,760

$94,400

26.2%

24.9%

1,740 violent crime per 100,000

4.

St. Louis, Mo.

315,685

$130,800

24.9%

34.7%

1,817 violent crime per 100,000

3.

Flint, Mich.

98,297

$25,900

40.8%

11.8%

Median household inc.: $25,342

2.

Birmingham, Ala.

214,911

$93,000

29.2%

25.3%

Median household Inc.: $32,378

1.

Detroit, Mich.

677,124

$42,600

39.8%

14.2%

Median household Inc.: $25,980

www.247wallst.com/special-report/2017/06/16/50-worst-cities-to-live-in/

 

 


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