Top 10 Worst Cities in the United States

The Top Ten
1 Detroit, Michigan Detroit is the largest and most populous city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Located across from Windsor, Ontario, Canada on the Detroit River, Detroit had an estimated population of 672,662 in 2018.

I live right off Eight Mile, and have worked in Detroit as a delivery driver for a few years. I have never been robbed although there are hundreds and thousands of abandoned houses some blocks have one occupied house plenty of blocks have none. But being an outsider, you can drive through Detroit and have nothing to worry about. It's when you are in area's you do not belong when you are in danger, mainly engaging in illegal activities like drugs. Unfortunately there are a lot of innocent people who do get robbed and unfortunately murdered. So in closing Detroit is a rough run down City with limited police resources. The new mayor is trying to help bring it back but it is an uphill battle that is being lost. But Detroit has a stigma for being very bad and dangerous when in all actuality if you are not somewhere you shouldn't be like buying drugs or committing crimes and you are just minding your own business, 99.9% of the time, you will be just fine.

Super dangerous, tons of crime, and BANKRUPT. I live an hour away from Detroit. Most of the suburbs are nice, mainly Macomb and Oakland county (I have two houses, one in Rochester and one in Saint Clair Shores ) But anyways, Detroit sucks. By the way, if you're moving to the suburbs 5 minutes from Detroit, bring a gun... You're gonna need it...

Detriot is horrible because this cities is most crimes and dangerous even Some guy owns gun shop Everywhere but Gangs breaking cars,trucks,police cars and house! Violence! All robbery robbed banks, or murder! Even This place is abandoned or graffiti everywhere and lowest population! So go to Los Angeles or New York or Chicago! But never visit detroit!

Detroit can be extremely dangerous in some areas, however the suburbs are great and friendly and Downtown Detroit is stunning. I myself live in Oakland County, 45 minutes away from Detroit. I visit about once a month to Downtown, and I enjoy my time there. Yet, don't go too far in.

2 Englewood, New Jersey

Terrible cruel people like to watch children and people suffer. So many there hurt and afraid, try to stay safe hiding in their homes but fail. Worst corruption and organized crime and terror working together behind a veil of the worst dirtiest jurisprudence in history, censorship and cruelty to any who won't keep quiet. Any who could expose put in grave danger, leave and don't come back is good advice. People only stay because they don't believe the system and many evil people could be that bad, only listen to lawyers after too late. Read up on the holocaust and see what communities caused it, to whom and why, more common than most think and so is the blowback.

Only devout racists and hateful radicals should move to Bergen County, in and around Englewood and the filthy County Capital Hackensack, unless you watching your loved ones being slowly eaten alive. Not much different in much of Central or North Jersey, across from the big cities are the worst.

Home of the crime of the century with the most famous man in the world's child horribly murdered and then fleeing the country to avoid Englewood and Bergen County people whom he couldn't take afterwards.

Many Englewood people suffer constant harassment, torture and defamation and character assassination and worse to people and their children. Schools are dangerous. Web search on all the drive by murders, police torture videos and multi-million dollar suits and charges against Englewood police and city. Bergen County known for Islamic and Libyan Terror with many ISIS and al-Qaeda arrests and FBI targeting Hackensack high schools to stop ISIS infiltration with videos, many school bomb threats with bomb threats also to Bergen County Court House Judges who have the worst reputation in the United States, even ordering 'forced injectable psychotropics' to parents trying to save their kids from criminal abduction and involuntary commitment to terrible centers such as Bergen Regional Medical Center, all reminiscent of history's worst including Edwin Ellenbogen the NJ State Eugenicist and original State Psychologist who was sentenced to life imprison for the sole responsibility of the murder ...more

3 Chicago, Illinois Chicago, officially the City of Chicago, is the third-most populous city in the United States. With over 2.7 million residents, it is also the most populous city in both the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States. Chicago is considered one of the most important business centers in the world. more.

There is absolutely no reason to ever live to Chicago. Horrible weather, corrupt politicians, extremely high amount of crime, and an absurd amount of taxes are only a few reasons to leave. Chicago was also the only major metropolitan area to lose population. No one has any proposal to fund the pensions, and the state is completely bankrupt. Do yourself a favor and steer away from this hell hole. Many other great cities to visit and move to, and this one is pretty close to the bottom of the barrel.

There has never been an honest politician from Chicago. I visited there many times while in college and my friend paid off cops for traffic violations repeatedly. The last time he pleaded with the cop that all he had was a $100 bill and we wanted to go to breakfast and the cop actually gave him change back! How a 1st term senator from Chicago got elected president is beyond me. I thought everybody knew they were all corrupt. by the way isn't Hilary from Chicago? There you go. Murder capital of America! Great bars downtown though!

Opinionated One is correct. Once a fine city it is now a crime ridden cesspool. Sure the violence is concentrated in certain areas but I'm sure you can say that about most cities. Liberal administrations have destroyed the American cities from the awful education systems to deteriorating infrastructure. And mayor Rahm Emanuel is a Obama mouth piece with a blind eye to all the violence.

Chicago is another corrupt city run by Democrats and is facing the prospect of bankruptcy (just like Detroit, Michigan). Chicago has strict gun controls, but shooting related deaths have increased and mayor Rahm Emanuel has closed down several public schools in Chicago, but is keen on building a new basketball arena & a new hotel.

4 Camden, New Jersey

Who says it's just oppressed Camden. Don't think Democratic Fascist/Communist New Jersey and police have been keeping it that way for decades along with Newark - they say so in wealthy parts of Cherry Hill, doubt Princeton much better. And Islamic Patterson? Try the rest of Camden County and even worse Bergen County for the real terror and organized crime and corrupt friends. Don't forget where the 9/11 terrorists came from or Cherry Hill Fort Dix Terrorist. The 9/11 pilots leisurely drove into NYC after spending a nice summer in North Jersey. The WTC bombers leisurely flew back from Jersey City after a week or so, must have been bored. Camden is too poor for them to live and they use them anyway, apparently target practice and maybe arms and drug sales and the best medical practice for all those young doctors to learn - on gunshot wounds - little Hitlers, just ask. Experimental drugs need someone to practice on especially kids. Doctor's from the South Side of Chicago are pretty clear ...more

First of all, this should be 2nd (above Chicago, NYC, and Anchorage). The crime rate is TERRIBLE. Chicago and NYC are good, and Anchorage is very good so I don't know why it's there.

Camden is a terrible place, talk about ghetto. How is the beautiful safe city of NYC above this crime cesspool.

Even leaving the crime rate (which is considerable) out of the question, have you seen it? It's hideous!

5 Newark, New Jersey

Had the misfortune to be stranded at Newark airport, years ago, had to run a gauntlet of rude and unhelpful staff until I could get a return flight home & all I can say is that if the airport is anything like Newark, itself, then I will be glad to never see it again in this Life or the next!

I was there with several people whose company I enjoyed and a Brazillain and Mexican and while they pretended to be nice in that 'in' area I would be afraid to walk 1 block along at night, I had a very uneasy feeling like something bad was going to happen to the nice guy wishing good will towards all - like right idea wrong place.

Highest crime rate, slummy, dangerous, ranked one of the worst 5 cities in the United States. Organized crime central in New Jersey including the 5 families.

Used to live near there. Driving in some neighborhoods looked like scenes of bombed cities in wwii films. And lots of gang activity.

6 Gary, Indiana

If the creepy abandoned buildings don't turn you away, the smell will.

Hole of the states

It's creepy there.

7 Trenton, New Jersey

Trenton has one of the most poor, uneducated and crime-ridden demographics in the United States. All the Cities in New Jersey are bad Except Cherry Hill? They're all bad. Cherry Hill is full of terrorists (Fort Dix Terrorists), terror-causing groups (JDL types), hate groups, reverse hate groups, violent schools and dangerous people all hiding under the New Jersey concealment and censorship of a scared silent media (Menendez parents and Reisenbach Nightmare on Jane/Grenwich Street Murders).

Trenton is the capital of the worst most corrupt state in America. How bad can it be? The absolute worst of the worst.

All the cities (except for Cherry Hill) are the worst because it's New Jersey! It sucks in New Jersey and also in New York.

8 Flint, Michigan

Another city ruined by Democrats, just like Detroit. It is a violent crime infested ghetto run by a corrupt Democrat Council.

The crime and the drinking water crisis proves this city sucks.

They can't even drink their own tap water! I feel sorry for them!

I live in Michigan and I stay far away from Flint.

9 Hackensack, New Jersey

Worst criminal corruption in US. Cause most terror in the US and world today. Hackensack filthy capital of terrorists and corruption working together in one building City Hall/Courthouse devolving from there. Prosecutor, sheriff, police and officials (State, County and Local) worst abusive criminals in US and cause or center of most Islamic, Libyan, Neo-Nazi terror in US and NYC and 9/11 attacks and more recent. Chief of Detectives Sherman shot wife in head with police gun claimed suicide, then committed as arraigned, more recent head shooting'terror' related. First principal to keep quiet about crime and corruption and evil people or all turn against and follow to destroy starting when very young. Worst corrupt influence on incompetent politicians causing the terror in the world today from Bergen County's evil and hateful people, you know who they are, read the lead CIA agent who spent 10 years following bin-Laden explain who is the cause - now and has been from the worst parts of ...more

10 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the sixth-most populous city in the United States, with an estimated population of 1,567,872 and more than 6 million in the seventh-largest metropolitan statistical area, as of 2016. Philadelphia is the economic and cultural anchor of the Delaware Valley region, located along the lower Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers.

There is a lot of history here. And that's it. It's been all downhill for the last 40-50 years. Corrupt city govt has caused the mass exodus of industry to the suburbs (see Valley Forge, KOP). Brotherly love is non-existent in the city of brotherly love. You are more likely to be kicked in the liver than be loved.

And they call this the "City of Brotherly Love", but that name is so laughable when you look at all the crime. People get murdered every day here.

There are security guards in fast food restaurants, and gangs everywhere. This place is garbage.

I live in Philadelphia. It's nice except there's too much crime activity going on.

The Contenders
11 Los Angeles, California Los Angeles, officially the City of Los Angeles and often abbreviated as L.A., is the largest city in California. It has an estimated population of nearly 4 million, and is the second-largest city in the United States, after New York City, and the third-largest city in North America, after Mexico City and New York City. Los Angeles is known for its Mediterranean climate, ethnic and cultural diversity, Hollywood entertainment industry, and its sprawling metropolitan area. more.

LosT Angeles. Lots of things to do, places to be bla bla. 1. Takes a couple of hours to get somewhere and then find parking. 2. Homelessness/tents next to luxurious restaurants. 3. People are overall mean and inconsiderate of each other. 4. Predatory parking and ticketing practices. 5. Overpriced apartments. Need I add more? Sure, it's not as bad as Detroit. but it's extremely overrated for what it is.

Yes there are lots of fun things to do here along with some great places to eat, but LA is kinda bad because of things such as a high homeless rate, horrible traffic and lots of gangs. It's not as good as people say it is and there are better cities in California.

LA is quite a mess honestly, it's not as nice as some people say it is. There's lots of drugs and gangs as well as a very large homeless rate. Plus the traffic here is atrocious.

Los Angeles lies about their city. "Los Angeles" means "the angels" in Spanish, and they don't even act like angels.

12 New York City, New York The City of New York, often called New York City or simply New York, is the most populous city in the United States. New York City is also the most densely populated major city in the United States.

I lived here for a long time and so glad I moved down south to Florida. New York sucks and is highly overrated. All the people there hate each other, no one has manners, and all the buildings look the same now because these Hipsters bought and knocked down the unique and detailed buildings that were once there, then turned them into generic looking high rise condo garbage. Not to mention it's full of trash, there are homeless people everywhere (regardless whether they are good or bad people), the rents are ridiculous, and everything is unaffordable. Also, there's Police involved shootings here constantly and everyone who runs this city is a greedy politician who only cares about money and attention to themselves. Absolutely terrible place to live. I really hate this city and so glad I left.

Look, New York City. You go to your local train station and enter Grand Central. You will go out through the doors and there it is! New York City! The place where you see these people walk around. Guys with NO shirts, women with crazy dresses in their bags, and people walking around in theses creepy costumes (like a Shrek costume) taking selfiess to little kids. You also see on some certain parts, there are shady places where buildings are dirty, and people never come in them or Come OUT. I heard LOTS of shows take place in NYC. Well, it has too much buildings and no place for a person to live, except really EXPENSIVE hotels. Make it take place in a state that MATTERS! Like Connecticut. NYC just sucks in ALL of the attention. Then, who needs Hollywood?! You also see a lot of men with zits walking around wearing jackets. And that is where the 911 event happened.
So there it is, the one and only New York City! Never go there.

A complete and utter toilet. Walk around SOHO or any place other than the upper east side and you see garbage strewn on the streets and graffiti everywhere. It is just disgusting. The only way to live there is to be in the upper east side and never leave that one place. The rest is made for sewer rats.

It's cool to visit and all... Great pizza. But all you guys have such bad attitudes. Like we pick our nose on the wheel and you lean on the horn and act like we just burned an entire city down. You all need to chil and visit Cali. Also, that air is really polluted and it hurt my little lungs. You have my favorite football team, the Giants, but I mean other than that and pizza... I'd never want to live there. I love California! :D

13 Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland is the most miserable city to live in, after Detroit for obvious reasons. The weather is ridiculous, the sports are awful, the police are almost as bad as the rampant crime, the city is filled with homeless because the economy here has not recovered, which is also why there's so many boarded up businesses and homes. The only saving grace is it's cheap (comparatively) because no one wants to live in the mistake on the lake.

Fun times in Cleveland again!
Come on down to Cleveland town everyone!
Under construction since 1868!
See a river that catches on fire!
So polluted that all our fish have AIDS!
We see our sun almost three times a year!
This guy has at least two DUIs!
Flats look like a Scooby Doo ghost town!
Don't slow down in east Cleveland or you'll die!
Our economy's based on LeBron James!
Buy a house for the price of a VCR.
Our main export is crippling depression!
We're so retarded that we think this is art!
Could be worse, but at least we're not Detroit!

Homeless, street gangs, crack cocaine, boarded up homes and closed factories dominate both Cleveland and East Cleveland.

Should be number 2. After Detroit obviously.

14 St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis is an independent city and inland port in the U.S. state of Missouri. It is situated along the western bank of the Mississippi River, which marks Missouri's border with Illinois.

The "deeper" downtown area of St. Louis is dangerous. When coming from a Cardinals game, I could see people digging through trash, walking weirdly as if they were drunk (which they probably most likely were), etc. Downtown St. Louis, in this area particularly, is definitely not safe. Plus the creepy, run down buildings add on to the setting of St. Louis. Makes me shiver every time I have to pass them.

Definitely not a safe place to live. Should be higher on this list.

How is this not higher it literally has the most murders.

Trashy town. The buildings need some serious renovations.

15 Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore is a beautiful city of course it has dangerous parts but every city has dangerous areas. Maryland is an amazing state.

If you live on the East side you MIGHT survive but the town is so dangerous you probably wouldn't want to live there at all.

I live in Baltimore. I live in one of its best neighborhoods (which, at that, is STILL not good compared to an average American neighborhood. It is called Frankford.) The city overall is a leftist progressive mess. Ever since the Vietnam War started in 1964, in which blue collar industries started sending their jobs to Mexico and Canada for cheaper labor, it literally left many Baltimoreans on the street, broke and without jobs, most of them Blacks, and it allowed our U.S government (FBI, mainly) to supply the newly poverted neighborhoods with drugs so that the Black communties can tear each other apart and destroy themselves. The 1968 Baltimore Riots also contributed... as vacancies expanded, and bad neighborhoods became even worse. It has barely seen improvement since then, as Baltimore needs blue collar jobs to rid of its own poverty. Welfare and minimum wage won't fix Baltimoreans lives. Maybe a conservative mayor would help, as they have deep experience in such blue collar ...more

I was born here, The city is very huge, But when you go there for 10 minutes you wont come out alive.

16 Port Arthur, Texas
17 Miami, Florida Miami, officially the City of Miami, is the cultural, economic and financial center of South Florida. Miami is the seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida.

I live in Florida, and love it. However, I have been to Miami, and, on the outside, it looks impressive, but on the inside, its crowded, noisy, and full of crooks. Someone put a boot on my dads car, and he had to pay 90$ to get it off! The person who put it on said we were there for hours and left the plaza. What a liar. We just stopped for a bite to eat! I just wish the place had less thrives and was cleaner...

Overrun by Cubans who can't speak English and hate and deride Americans. WithTrump now they think most people who aren't from Mexico or Cuba should be in jail. My family that lives in Miami hate it there and say better not to visit due to the hostile environment - not a good place to retire. Airport is in a bad area use alternatives.

Well I don't see you guys complaining about the heat in California. Is it just because you guys are too stubborn to admit? By the way, no hate intended. ANd no hate back please

Too hot and humid. It's like living in a steam room most of the year. It can even be 90 degrees during December!

18 El Paso, Texas

El Paso is one of the safest places in the US, but it is across the river from one of the most dangerous places in the world. The biggest threat here is some one who thinks that being rude makes them a big man!

I hate this city I live here. I want to go elsewhere but here for vacation. No good cars, no fun areas, no nice people

RIGHT at the border of the Mexico border, there might even be some drugs there.

El Paso, TX is low crime compared to other major big cities! Should not be on this list, many other far worse places come to mind...

19 Passaic, New Jersey
20 Oakland, California Oakland is the largest city and the county seat of Alameda County, California, United States. A major West Coast port city, Oakland is the largest city in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, the third largest city overall in the San Francisco Bay Area, the eighth most populated city in California, and the 45th largest city in the United States.

The corridor between Oakland and Richmond has some of the worst cases of rapists, poverty, and psychotically extreme politics in the whole country.

I hate that Oakland gets so many sports teams. Can't they just take a boat to San Francisco.

The Black Panthers started here.

21 Las Vegas, Nevada Las Vegas, officially the City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County.

I live in Las Vegas. When others think of Las Vegas they think of gangs, homeless people, strip clubs, and drugs. In reality, it's a pretty nice place. Yes, there are strip clubs and homeless people, but that doesn't mean it's bad. I love it here.

Put the casinos and nightclubs aside, this city is a wretched hive and majority of the people that live there would agree, there's many thugs, gangs, and homeless people living in the sewers...

Now its enough... Why is Vegas on this list? It's the best place in the universe. With gambling legal...the attracts millions of people. The night life is very cool.

Fun, gambling and Ameriica's worst mass murder in front of a Nashville singer who only ran as he saw people slaughtered in front of him and said nothing.

22 San Diego, California

San Diego sucks. Boooring and weird. From dislike to hate for anyone from outside. Make the mistake of thinking San Diego is the great and fun Southern California? Wrong. Nothing to do except drive north to Los Angeles. And get cheap bad drugs by driving to Tijuana in your low end 'TJ' car since it will get stripped. Some crap companies to watch out for with vicious and dangerous people, not the place to go for a new job since that would a big bad mistake. Try Silicon Valley or LA or San Francisco, maybe.

Unfortunately, I was born here and lived here until I was three years old. I then moved elsewhere and it is not too much better, but at least not as OVERRATED as this place. Like on T.V., this place is painted as a surfing beach paradise, but in real life it's a nightmare. Some neighborhoods have extremely high crime rates and violence. The people are shallow, immature, and mean-spirited. There are no indications that you are near military property, like this has to be the only city in the world where military bases are not secured and have barriers. Like I saw at least 3 military bases unmanned, it would be ridiculous if a tourist was arrested for trespassing not knowing this backwards city didn't have military bases with barriers. Also, the cost of living is ridiculous. The only nice houses are in the north county and north side of the city (La Jolla, Caramel Valley), everything else is under-sized, no A/C, and extremely overpriced. Dog owners are douchebags here too and let their ...more

YES, it horrible here!

It never gets too cold, it never gets too hot, it almost never rains.

Dozens of beautiful beaches on the west side, nicely wooded mountains on the east side, awe-inspiring desert on the south side.

Whatever you do, DO NOT move here!

Here's the problems: too sunny for me, pointless beaches that lure you in, pointless mountains, pointless deserts without water, too neutral, boring weather, and people that leave the toilet seat up.

23 Jackson, Mississippi

So racist and stupid. I live here and its hell. I want to leave and go live in California. nothing to do.

Wow, A city named after a racist president in the most racist state.

24 Dora, Alabama

You shouldn't visit a city with the same name as a lame cartoon character

25 Pine Bluff, Arkansas
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