For those with the luxury of being able to decide where to live, choosing a city to call home is a largely personal decision. Proximity to friends and family, climate, and other personal and subjective factors are common reasons Americans choose to relocate. They are not, however, the only determinants of quality of life.
In any American city, a high crime rate, risk of natural disaster, and widespread poverty can detract from overall quality of life. Similarly, low unemployment, a high concentration of entertainment and cultural attractions, and affordable housing can enhance quality of life.
To identify the worst city to live in every state, 24/7 Wall St. created an index of 37 such measures in eight major categories: crime, economy, education, environment, health, housing, infrastructure, and leisure.
Because we are only comparing cities with others in the same state, cities on this list are not necessarily bad places to live in the context of the United States as a whole. With that in mind — and because this list is based solely on quantifiable measures — the cities on this list may be suitable places to live for many of their residents.