Top 10 Worst Places to Move

We’re in the business of helping folks reach new beginnings, but some cities you may want to avoid altogether. High crime rates, bad economies, poor education systems, and other factors have landed the following destinations on our list of Worst Places to Move.

10. Compton, California

Compton is notorious for gang-related crime. To make matters worse, just 40% of the population is employed full-time. Nearly a quarter of the locals live below the poverty line. Needless to say, it’s not the best place to settle down.

A historic, but rundown hotel in Jackson, Mississippi.

9. Jackson, Mississippi

People are fleeing Mississippi’s capital city in droves. According to U.S. Census Data, 5% of the population left the city from 2010 to 2018. This can be attributed to a low employment rate. In fact, 30% of residents are living in poverty. Earlier this year, the city threatened to cut off water to 20,000 people because of $45 million in unpaid bills.

8. Cleveland, Ohio

Aging buildings make up the skyline of Cleveland, Ohio.

Cleveland has been called “The Mistake by the Lake”. Between 2010 and 2018, the population actually dropped by 3%. That’s likely due the massive poverty rate, which sits at a whopping 35%.¬†Forbes¬†named Cleveland the Most Miserable City in the U.S. in 2010. Gun crime is also rampant, with 85 homicides in 2015 alone.

7. Miami Gardens, Florida

In 2014, Miami Gardens earned the nickname “Stop and Frisk Capital of America”. In a span of six years, nearly 57,000 people were frisked by law enforcement. The rising cost of water is another major concern, because residents are charged 25% more than other cities in the area. Almost a quarter of residents live below the poverty line.

6. Youngstown, Ohio

Another city in The Buckeye State makes our list. Youngstown was once a bustling steel town, but factory downsizing has sent the city’s economy into a downward spiral. 37% of the residents live in poverty. It’s also one of the worst cities in the country for air pollution.

The welcome sign to Huntsville, Texas, a town built around a prison.

5. Huntsville, Texas

The city’s economy relies on the nearby Huntsville State Penitentiary. In fact, The Department of Criminal Justice is the city’s largest employer. That doesn’t bode well for crime or the economy. Less than half of the population is working, and another 35% live below the poverty line.

4. Huntington, West Virginia

Huntington, like Youngstown, has failed to adjust to life in the 21st century. It’s a major hub for a dying coal industry. Huntington has earned the title of “Unhealthiest City in America”. There’s been a mass exodus in the last half-century. Since 1950, the population has been cut in half.

Locals fill the streets for a parade in Brownsville, Texas.

3. Brownsville, Texas

This border town is called “The Most Patrolled City in America” because of the massive police presence. The people who live there say helicopters are constantly flying overhead. Immigration concerns have caused many residents to try to leave the city. However, some folks are having problems selling their homes. Only half of the population has a job, and more than 30% live in poverty.

2. Flint, Michigan

The name Flint is infamous. It’s known for the water crisis that persists to this day. If you take a drink from the tap water, you could be poisoned by lead. But that’s just one major problem. Manufacturing jobs have been leaving the city at an alarming rate, leaving thousands without jobs. There are 20,000 abandoned homes in Flint, while only 96,000 people live there.

Clouds of pollution fill the sky above Detroit, Michigan.

1. Detroit, Michigan

The loss of manufacturing jobs has caused Detroit’s economy to plummet. 38% of residents live in poverty and 6% of the population abandoned the city between 2010 and 2018. The median income is only$27,838. It’s also considered one of the most dangerous places to live in the U.S. Add harsh winters to the mix and you have what we consider to be the Worst Place to Move.