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Many cities face cascading social and economic-related problems. A high unemployment rate causes people to move away from the city, which lowers the tax base and in turn disrupts the city’s ability to provide services. Fewer job prospects also lead to a higher crime rate, which in turn deters people from moving to the city.
The cities rated the lowest on the Best Places to Live list struggle with these issues, but they're fighting back and finding some success. Note that these cities did not have to come worst in any category to find themselves at or near the bottom. Poor showings in several areas can drag a city to the bottom of the list. In the following slides we highlight some of the challenges these cities face.
For our full methodology on how we crunched our numbers, click here.
Research by Phil Froats and Alan Smith. Gallery by Amber Bellaire.