The Top 10 Best And Worst Urban Cities In The United States

Large urban cities are growing at nearly twice the rate recorded during the opening decade of the 21st century.

By Nagidmy Marquez July 26, 2017

By 2050, 70% of the world’s population will be urban. When we look closely to what is happening in the United States, this number makes total sense. According to US Census Bureau data, large urban cities are growing at nearly twice the rate recorded during the opening decade of the 21st century.

People are attracted to big cities and everything that comes with living in it. For young professionals, the appeal to have more job opportunities and a thriving social life worth the effort. But is it really that perfect? Let’s be clear, not every major urban center in America is a paradise.

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Recently, WalletHub’s analysts published a new survey that lists the best and the worst cities to live in the US. They compared the 62 largest US cities based on 50 key indicators of attractiveness with a population over 300,000. The data includes and sets ranges from five main categories: affordability, economy, safety, education and health, and quality of life.

Spoiler Alert! The very best city in which to live was Virginia Beach, VA. The worst? Let’s keep reading! Virginia Beach has the lowest percentage of population living below property level, the highest homeowernship rate, and the lowest crime rate.

Second place is for Seattle, WA with the second highest income growth and the highest % of population aged 25 & older with a high school diploma or higher. Third place goes to Pittsburgh, PA as one of the top ten best economies in the country.

As for the worst American city to live in? No surprise here. Leading the list is Detroit, MI. The city has the highest percentage of population living below poverty level. In addition, it has the lowest income growth and is top 5 with the highest crime rate in the nation. Memphis, TN and St. Louis, MO are also part of the bottom cities.

Which city has the most surprising rank on this list? Welcome to Miami, Bienvenido a Miami. According to Jill Gonzalez, WalletHub analyst, affordability and safety are to blame for the low “livability” rankings of sun-kissed Miami. He states that “The city has the highest housing costs out of the 62 cities we analyzed, as well as the lowest homeownership rate, at 31%,” she says. “And residents in Miami have the second-lowest median household income, at just $31,051.”

Source: WalletHub


Here are the top 10 best and worst large cities in the United States:

Worst Cities

Detroit, MI
Memphis, TN
St. Louis, MO
Baltimore, MD
Fresno, CA
Indianapolis, IN
Long Beach, CA
Santa Ana, CA
Miami, FL
Cleveland, OH

Best Cities 

Virginia Beach, VA
Seattle, WA
Pittsburgh, PA
San Diego, CA
Colorado Springs, CO
Austin, TX
Minneapolis, MN
Las Vegas, NV
Denver, CO
San Jose, CA

Nagidmy Marquez

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Nagidmy Marquez

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Nagidmy Marquez

Nagidmy is a global communications strategist with more than 13 years of experience in the creation, curation and implementation of strategic content and integrated communications practices. She has worked across different regions and cultures of the world including: United States, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. She is a Mafalda and Don Quixote lover.

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