Cleveland Among Worst, Most Segregated, Most Miserable Cities in America

Douglas A. McIntyre

Cleveland, where the Republic National Convention will be held, has a number of deep problems. Among them is that it is one of the worst cities to live in, and also it is one of the most segregated.

According to 24/7 Wall St., the city is ninth among “The 50 Worst Cities to Live In.”

In the article, 24/7 Wall St. authors wrote:

To determine America’s worst cities to live in, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data on the 550 U.S. cities with populations of 65,000 or more as measured by the U.S. Census Bureau. Based on a range of variables, including crime rates, employment growth, access to restaurants and attractions, educational attainment, and housing affordability, 24/7 Wall St. identified America’s 50 worst cities to live.

For Cleveland specifically:

Cleveland, Ohio
> Population: 389,524
> Median home value: $65,900
> Poverty rate: 39.2%
> Pct. with at least a bachelor’s degree: 15.1%

The typical Cleveland household earns only $24,701 a year, the second lowest median household income of any U.S. city. The city’s 39.2% poverty rate is the fifth highest of any U.S. city. Likely as a result of poor economic conditions, the city’s population has declined by 9.7% in the last five years alone. The negative population growth is not doing much to help property values in Cleveland. The median home value in the city of $65,900 is worth less than in all but three other U.S. cities.

As in many cities where residents are suffering economically, crime is a major problem in Cleveland. Violent crimes, a category that includes murder and assault, are roughly 3.7 times more common in Cleveland per capita than they are across the country as a whole.

Check out the balance of “The 50 Worst Cities to Live In” and its methodology.

Cleveland’s problem with segregation is worse. According to the 24/7 Wall St. study titled “America’s Most Segregated Cities,” the Ohio city ranked first:

To identify the most segregated neighborhoods in America, 24/7 Wall St. constructed an index based on the share of a metro area’s population living in racially homogeneous zip codes — areas where more than 80% of the population is of a single race or ethnicity. In metro areas with complete integration, every zip code has the same racial/ethnic distribution as the area’s whole population. In areas with the worst segregation, no one lives in a zip code with anyone of a different race/ethnicity.