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No improvement for Rockford on annual 24/7 Wall Street worst cities ranking

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No improvement for Rockford on annual 24/7 Wall Street worst cities ranking

Rockford was ranked at No. 16 on an annual Worst Cities to Live List by 24/7 Wall Street.com, the second straight year it came in in that spot.

24/7 Wall Street uses a variety of data to compile the annual rankings. These include home value, poverty rate, percentage of adults with a bachelor’s degree, crime rate, cost of living and air quality. Although you usually can find many of the same cities on this ranking each year, in many cases, the rankings vary widely.

Miami, Florida, was the No. 1 worst city to live in, according to 24/7 Wall St., in 2016. It wasn’t even in the top 50 last year and made it back on to the 2018 list at No. 42. Gary, Indiana, was ranked No. 10 worst city in 2016, then improved to No. 29, but fell back to No. 18 in 2018.

Rockford though, we’re consistent. Rockford was ranked the 18th worst city in 2016 then No. 16 in 2017 and 2018.

You usually can take these rankings with a grain of salt, but this one is instructive if only to see cities struggling with even bigger structural issues than Rockford. Youngstown, Ohio, was ranked as the 15th worst to live in in 2018 – one ahead of Rockford. The median home value in Youngstown is just $43,300 compared with Rockford’s $89,200. Youngstown’s poverty rate was 38 percent, while in Rockford it has fallen to 22.6 percent. And just 12 percent of Youngstown’s adult population has a bachelor’s degree compared with 22.6 percent in Rockford.

Another interesting thing to look at on the list are the number of large cities ranked among the worst to live. It’s no surprise that Detroit is No. 1 as that city continues to try to reinvent itself, but St. Louis, Missouri, came in at No. 3, Memphis, Tennessee, at No. 4 and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, ranked 10th.

24/7 Wall St.com’s 20 Worst Cities to Live In

Rank City

Pop.

Home value

Poverty Rate

Pct. Bachelor’s

20 Compton, Calif.

97,537

$327,900

26.5%

8.1%

19 Little Rock, Ark.

198,546

$161,000

18.8%

40.2%

18 Gary, Indiana

74,186

$64,800

33.3%

11.0%

17 Pueblo, Colorado

110,295

$126,200

24.2%

18.7%

16 Rockford, Illinois

147,404

$89,200

22.6%

22.6%

15 Youngstown, Ohio

65,161

$43,300

38.0%

12.0%

14 San Bernardino, Calif.

216,242

$240,400

29.4%

9.1%

13 Florence-Graham, Calif.

63,390

$267,800

31.5%

4.4%

12 Homestead, Florida

68,000

$204,800

33.9%

17.2%

11 Hartford, Connecticut

123,287

$161,200

27.3%

16.8%

10 Milwaukee, Wisconsin

595,070

$114,700

26.7%

23.3%

9 Baltimore, Maryland

614,664

$153,500

21.9%

30.8%

8 Springfield, Missouri

167,313

$115,900

24.6%

25.7%

7 Albany, Georgia

74,904

$88,800

32.5%

20.1%

6 Wilmington, Delaware

71,455

$145,600

27.7%

25.6%

5 Cleveland, Ohio

385,810

$66,800

35.0%

16.3%

4 Memphis, Tennessee

652,752

$96,800

26.9%

25.6%

3 St. Louis, Missouri

311,404

$125,800

23.8%

34.1%

2 Flint, Michigan

97,379

$28,200

44.5%

10.5%

1 Detroit, Michigan

672,829

$43,500

35.7%

14.9%

Source: www.247wallst.com/special-report/2018/06/10/50-worst-cities-to-live-in-3/

 

 

 


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