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The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit

Updated June 2, 2019 145.7k votes 15.7k voters 311.0k views204 items

List RulesU.S. cities that have high crime rates, poor city planning or are otherwise unfavorable places to live or visit

The worst US cities to live in or visit, ranked by hundreds of voters who have had the misfortune to actually go to these places. Anyone can vote on this list of the worst cities in the US, making it a trustworthy way to find out which US cities to avoid. You can even add your own list of the worst cities in the USA to these rankings. Whether you're traveling or looking to move somewhere permanently, these are the US cities to avoid at all costs.
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  • 1
    Hackensack is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit
    3,050
    465

    Hackensack

    New Jersey, USA
  • 2
    Trenton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit
    1,669
    217

    Trenton

    New Jersey, USA
  • 3
    Englewood is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit
    2,927
    474

    Englewood

    New Jersey, USA
  • 4
    Tenafly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit
    2,164
    333

    Tenafly

    New Jersey, USA
  • 5
    Woodcrest is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit
    1,717
    277

    Woodcrest

    New Jersey, USA
  • 6
    Cresskill is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit
    1,902
    334

    Cresskill

    New Jersey, USA
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  • 7
    Newark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit
    1,782
    256

    Newark

    New Jersey, USA
  • 8
    Cherry Hill is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit
    1,001
    161

    Cherry Hill

    New Jersey, USA
  • 9
    Jersey City is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit
    1,176
    249

    Jersey City

    New Jersey, USA
  • 10
    Roseland is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit
    1,187
    253

    Roseland

    New Jersey, USA
  • 11
    Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit
    1,460
    333

    Ferguson

    Missouri
  • 12
    Teaneck is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit
    1,100
    231

    Teaneck

    New Jersey, USA
  • 13
    Hoboken is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit
    1,215
    248

    Hoboken

    New Jersey, USA
  • 14
    Bergenfield is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit
    1,036
    229

    Bergenfield

    New Jersey, USA
  • 15
    Brighton Beach is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit
    1,370
    369

    Brighton Beach

    South Carolina, USA
  • 16
    Paterson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit
    790
    161

    Paterson

    New Jersey, USA
  • 17
    Bloomfield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit
    985
    223

    Bloomfield

    New Jersey, USA
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  • 18
    Purchase is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit
    1,075
    249

    Purchase

    New York
  • 19
    Dumont is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit
    878
    201

    Dumont

    New Jersey, USA
  • 20
    Weehawken is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit
    782
    160

    Weehawken

    New Jersey
  • 21
    Chappaqua is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit
    1,086
    278

    Chappaqua

    New York
  • 22
    San Bernardino is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit
    1,230
    350

    San Bernardino

    California
  • 23
    Montvale is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit
    847
    211

    Montvale

    New Jersey, USA
  • 24
    East Chicago is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit
    700
    120

    East Chicago

    Indiana, USA
  • 25
    Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst Cities in America to Live in or Visit
    1,406
    489

    Brooklyn

    New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division
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