Most Ghetto Cities In the U.S.

The Top Ten
1 Detroit, MI 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.

Its sad really. This comes from the lack of jobs that Detroit used to be VERY famous for... Cars and motors ( Assembly lines of Fords and processing of motors). This used to be one of the most prosperous cities but as time went on jobs were hard to hold on to because of racial problems, and many that even had money moved to the suburbs. Ghettos like this had not much support from the government anymore and sadly the citizens did not have the money t survive which there are many homeless and buildings not in tact.

I lived in Detroit for a while, and hated it. Rampant crime, poverty, drugs, gangs, filth, etc. As another person mentioned, the schools here are in a crisis. The water is dirty. There are no families here. It may be a major city, but there is really not a lot to do. Avoid Detroit at all costs. I left there running and screaming and never looked back.

Drugs. Gangs. Everything needs a fresh coat of paint. Poverty. Crime. The horrible schools (look up Detroit public school crisis). Dirty water. Who in their right mind would live here or visit here?

This is sad. I've seen pictures of Detroit in the 1950's and it was pretty. It must be hard for the people who grew up in Detroit in the 1950's, seeing it all wrecked. It looks like a war zone

2 Camden, NJ

I lived here for a few months. The school system is absolutely awful. There are thousands of gangs residing here, and the crime is horrible. The town is covered in filth, and everything is run down. There are no sane people residing here. No families. I had a bullet through the wall, and left this hell hole right after that.

Can't step outside without seeing and family with a single mother on the streets, not even because they don't have the money to buy a house, but because there is no where to live. the city is a trash dump, wasteland, and a complete $4! + hole

Everything is crumbling and needs a fresh coat of paint. Drugs. Crime. Ghetto.

I call here Gotham city. The joker is playing in that maad city.

3 New Orleans, LA

Story: I wasn't allowed to go alone in the Walmart with the Jazz statue next to the abandoned Six Flags alone because of how ghetto it was, in the car, me and my brother joked about if this was the NOLA Walmart, what would the Compton Walmart be like?

Yo I was born on the north side of the lake but all I can say is that this place is in the dirty ass south and way more ghetto than Detroit, plus we got Lil Wayne and dj khaled yo plus Louisiana got the highest crime rate, casinos and strippers everywhere as well as drugs. Yep, this place is the most ghetto

New Orleans is full of crime, strippers, drunks, gangs, rednecks, drugs, and filth. I don't see why it's so popular. It was a horrible vacation.

Gangs. Rednecks. Everything needs a a fresh coat of paint. Drugs. Strippers. New Orleans is so overrated.

4 Compton, CA

Compton is infamous for the ghetto population, if you are white, good luck... Gangs outnumber the Innocent, even the most rural places have gangs and drugs galore, and the few children are called "Lil' Homies" there

Worst place to live in the US is Compton, for sure. The gangs rule the town, and there is minuscule police presence. The town is full of filth, and abandoned businesses. As another person mentioned, I wouldn't eat in Compton. The crime rate is sky high, and nowhere is safe. No families, and drugs, sex, and violence galore.

I watched a documentary about the gangs in Compton, Watts, and South Central and for some reason the local children are always referred to as "Lil' Homies."

Live near it probably as bad as east Los Angeles

5 Atlanta, GA Atlanta is the capital and most populous city in the U.S. state of Georgia. With an estimated 2017 population of 486,290, it is also the 38th most-populous city in the United States.

I remember, whenever we go there with only the boys (older sister is a tattletale, younger sister too young to hear the genre, Mom would scold Dad for listening to it), Dad would automatically switch to the R&B station because "it was the Dirty South, so duh" it was annoying because I didn't want to look like a white who thinks he's black I always told him to turn it down whenever we entered the Six Flags parking lot and all that stuff.

Hard to understand a word anyone says. Have some nice areas but man when you hit the west side, pure country ghetto, and the gold teeth business is in competition with New Orleans and Baltimore. Pure mess.

Once you get out the city its nothing but hoods and projects

Ghetto dance moves are invented here. Dab, nae nae, etc.

6 Chicago, IL

Ghetto! It's an embarrassment to be from this place! 762 murders! Every politician in this city is a Democrat and 90% of the population here is brainwashed by the liberal politicians and media in this city, which is why it won't get any better. The Democrats and liberals will act like they want this city to be better, but all what they care about is someone saying a racist comment or the few police shootings, instead of being more focused on the real issue of 99% of shootings being gang-related, and only a quarter of the homicides in this city are solved. That is the real problem with crime in Chicago, and these soft ass liberals are too weak to face the real problem which is why there has been a 57% increase in homicides in the city of Chicago in 2016 alone! This is why I will be moving to Mobile, Alabama when I get a little older since they manage to keep the annual amount of homicides there under 30.

That was me and you don't no how it feels to grow up hard

My best friend got shot when we were shopping...

Had to leave because it was so god damn ghetto.

7 Baltimore, MD

This city is full of ghetto people. Women dying their hair like if they were clowns, men putting gold teeth in their mouth and getting piss poor tattoo inkings (especially when they're dark skinned Blacks), and the kids carry around switchblades and wear gay tight saggy khakis! Not to mention, littering on their own town and yelling like if it was their only option to expression.

-Baltimore City resident, moving out in the summer of 2016

On the news every night. Colored folks riot, burn parked cars, loot businesses, disrespect the law and refuse to obey police instructions - resulting in deaths. Unbelievable.

Wayne. (overseas visitor)

This city is a blue collar failure. There are third world cities that are statistically safer than this trash city.

We are gay and people definitely wanted to kill us while we were walking down the street

8 Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn is both amazing and astronomically priced. Just try to rent in DUMBO. Half this country would kill to live here.

Brooklyn hasn't been ghetto for like 30 years. Its super gentrified these days.

Brooklyn ain't its own city though

Brooklyn is its own city.

9 Miami, FL 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.

Yo I live in Miami and there is a car accident every day. Once when I was in high school a student got jumped a few feet away from me at a stop waiting for her mom in Hialeah. This place is crazy but the worst part to me is downtown Miami. That place is the worst. I don't recommend it for anyone who isn't rich.

I live In Miami once you leave south beach and cross that bridge it's a whole different world. Also the further south you go from south Miami the worse it gets

Yes, it is a ghetto city. People with guns and knives walking around the city, many drunks walking around.

Full of ghetto druggies and crime and gangs. I don't know who would want to live here.

10 Gary, IN

Gary is super ugly. Almost everyone I know from here is super ghetto and even though they graduated from high school they are ignorant. Almost all the homes here are infested with roaches and rats. There are drugs easily found everywhere and youll be surrounded by murders being commited. There is low police supervision. Gary is depressive to live in and it will make you depressed to pass by it.

The Contenders
11 Memphis, TN

Worst city in the south

Ghetto as hell

4th most segregated. You either get a racist rich white person, or a racist extremely uneducated white trash/black ghetto.

12 Newark, NJ

Probably the dirtiest, smelliest, most depressing city on the East Coast.

13 Oakland, CA 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 ...read more.

I live in a affluent and wealthy part of Oakland and Still have to very careful. Upgrading our security systems with new tech soon because the location is more secluded and a hotspot for gang meetings. The premise home defense system, chokepoints, and secure locations in the house must be evaluated in case of a break-in. the more valuable items are in shielded and concealed rooms with false doors and top rated safes. One must assume the worst of Oakland when walking the streets. If you buy an expensive car, DO NOT buy any car with a non solid top such as a convertible and lock your doors when driving slowly through neighborhoods.

Robberies, Muggings, Gang Violence, Murder, Drugs, and Theft is everywhere in this city. The worst of the worst in the Bay Area.

People try to beat you up its awful

How is this not even on the list?

14 St. Louis, MO 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.

North & East St. Louis City say it all. Vacant buildings everywhere. And the murders. The disrespect. The crime. The racist police. If your black & you go to St. Louis county or South st lohis city. It's like police kkk against every black person. & it's so hot & humid in the summer!

Murder central. Ebonics galore. The pizza sucks. Avoid this place like the plague.

There's civil rights riots, rednecks, crack housed and just phsyco all around

It's ragged, weather sucks, and it's just a hell hole.

15 Milwaukee, WI

Too many people just do not care and the dumb white people from the suburbs think it is funny to drive down some sketchy streets for fun. They are too ignorant and make it worse.

I use to live there people get shot everyday in front of little kids that's not right man

Children under 18 get killed on a daily basis

Most are innocent of the crime...

16 Philadelphia, PA

Some parts are good, and some are bad. For example some parts of Kensington aren't that bad and some parts there's just zombies

I believe a huge part of Philadelphia citizens pride themselves on being ghetto. There’s dangerous parts as well. But it’s the lack of trying to be better that brings this city down. The more ghetto/white trash you are, you almost get more respect. It’s very sad. Try to be better, talk proper English, not get tattoos on your breasts and stop dressing like you’re 15 anymore... and for the love of GOD don’t even try heroin, oxy or Percocet.

This city has a lot of killers and gangs and fights and bad education

Known for the badlands

17 Flint, MI

The city is ghetto ( no clean water) not the people

Ghetto. Can't even drink their own tap water.

Very scary place.

18 Houston, TX Houston is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States, with a census-estimated population of 2.312 million in 2017. It is the most populous city in the Southern United States and on the Gulf Coast of the United States.

Tons of homeless, cush corner, always a shooting, car jacking or home invasion being reported. Dirty city lots of gang activity.

The crime rate is through the roof and there is ALWAYS a story of a shooting in the papers there

Was seeing a concert and someone pulled a draco on me

Nasty 5th warders

19 Buffalo, NY

Super ghetto in most of the east and west side but pretty chill in the suburbs. There’s definitely some hoods u don’t wanna ness with

Ugly houses everywhere and lots of crime in certain neighborhoods

Not ghetto this is a wonderful city
It’s called the city of good neighbors for a reason

This is not ghetto at all tf. Not a single bad bitch

20 Tulsa, OK

North tulsa is the hood woodrow st crips

21 San Bernardino, CA

Have u ever heard anyome say there going on vacation to San Bernardino? Nope what is there too see? Super ghetto schools and people suck!

It's sad really, San Bernardino used to be a nice place.

I was youngin back when the beat when off

Don't be a puszy the deserts awesome

22 South Los Angeles, CA

Where 50% of gangs in the us started

Needs to be higher blood

I'm ghetto-fabulaus

23 Shreveport, LA

Ghetto kids riding on the handicapped scooters in the Wal Mart harassing everyone in line and security doesn't even care. Guy punches his girlfriend like 10 times in front of my hotel and calmly just gets out of the car and starts walking down the street. That was just in the 1 day I stayed there during a stop through on vacation.

Shreveport in some places are as nice as anywhere else

Down town needs some help bad

Shreveport sucks

24 Boston, MA

This is not ghetto! What the bloody hell?!

25 Washington D.C.

The only mainland state/province/territory that has the minorities outnumber the whites (Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and I think US Virgin Islands have the same fate)

I was born in D.C. where this used to be called "Chocolate City" because of the large Black population in D.C., many are very educated with good jobs, while others struggle to survive and live in housing projects that are well kept. This is a very political town, the government is at your finger tips, and there are lots of community benefits to assist you. D.C. is like any other urban city that is being invaded by outsiders seeking to Gentrify our Black community.

People forget where the most Afro-Americans live

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