Nov 07

These Are The 20 Worst Cities In The US – Spot The Common Theme:

A new analysis by WalletHub has compared and classified 1,268 of America’s small cities in the U.S. to find the ones where residents don’t have to give up much by avoiding the “bright lights” and the soaring rent. Its data set include a total of 22 metrics, ranging from housing costs to school-system quality to the number of restaurants per capita.

Why live in a small city? Inevitably, life in a small city demands some tradeoffs such as shorter business hours, a heavier reliance on cars and fewer dating opportunities.  It does bring benefits – tighter communities, less competition, shorter commutes and an actual backyard with a white picket fence. And from a purely financial standpoint, living in a small city creates a sense of greater wealth because of cheaper cost of living — one of the main draws for in-movers, especially those seeking to raise a family.

According to the Economic Policy Institute, a two-parent, two-child family would need to earn $49,114 a year “to secure an adequate but modest living standard” in Morristown, Tenn., compared with $106,493 in Washington. So even with a lighter wallet, a family or soloist can enjoy a comparable, or even better, quality of life for much less in a cozy place like Morristown.

What was the full ranking methodology?

To find the best small cities in America, WalletHub’s analysts compared 1,268 cities across four key dimensions: 1) Affordability, 2) Economic Health, 3) Education & Health and 4) Quality of Life. For our sample, we chose cities with a population size between 25,000 and 100,000 residents. “City” refers to city proper and excludes surrounding metro areas. Next, it compiled 22 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights.

To obtain the final rankings, a score between 0 and 100 was attributed to each metric. The weighted sum of the scores was then calculated and used the overall result to rank the cities. Together, the points attributed to the four major dimensions add up to 100 points.

The dimensions are as follows:

Affordability – Total Points: 25

  • Housing Costs ((median annual household income divided by median house price) plus (median annual household income divided by median price of rent): Full Weight (~8.33 Points)
  • Cost of Living: Full Weight (~8.33 Points)
  • Homeownership Rate: Full Weight (~8.33 Points)

Economic Health – Total Points: 25

  • Unemployment Rate: Full Weight (~5 Points)
  • Median Household Income: Full Weight (~5 Points)
  • Percentage of Residents below Poverty Level: Full Weight (~5 Points)
  • Population Growth: Full Weight (~5 Points)
  • Income Growth: Full Weight (~5 Points)

Education & Health – Total Points: 25

  • School-System Quality (WalletHub’s “Best & Worst School Systems” Ranking): Full Weight (~6.25 Points)
  • Percentage of Residents with a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher: Full Weight (~6.25 Points)
  • Percentage of Population with Health-Insurance Coverage: Full Weight (~6.25 Points)
  • Number of Pediatricians per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight (~6.25 Points)

Quality of Life – Total Points: 25

  • Average Commute Time: Full Weight (~2.5 Points)
  • Percentage of Residents Who Walk to Work: Full Weight (~2.5 Points)
  • Mean Hours Worked per Week: Full Weight (~2.5 Points)
  • Number of Restaurants per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight (~2.5 Points)
  • Number of Bars per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight (~2.5 Points)
  • Number of Coffee Shops per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight (~2.5 Points)
  • Number of Museums per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight (~2.5 Points)
  • Number of Fitness Centers per 100,000 Residents: Full Weight (~2.5 Points)
  • Percentage of Millennial Newcomers: Full Weight (~2.5 Points)
  • Crime Rate: Full Weight (~2.5 Points)

And now the results. A an interactive breakdown of the cities in the top of the ranking (shown in blue) and at the bottom (in orange) is shown below:

Source: WalletHub

Source: WalletHub

And while he full list can be found at the following link, here are the two extremes.

First, the 20 best cities:

best cities

But more importantly, here are the worst – spot the common theme.

worst cities

 

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One Response to “These Are The 20 Worst Cities In The US – Spot The Common Theme”

  1. squodgy Says:

    Does the list of best or worst cities overlap with FEMA camps & DHS holding points?

    http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2015/11/07/civil-war-is-inevitable/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=civil-war-is-inevitable

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