Website ranks Syracuse as one of the worst U.S. cities to live in
SYRACUSE, N.Y. —
Syracuse has found itself on an unflattering list of worst U.S. cities to live in, put together by 24/7 Wall St.
The website says it reviewed data on 551 U.S. cities with at least 65,000 people and chose what it deemed the 50 worst based on things such as crime rates, employment growth, attractions, educational attainment and housing affordability.
Syracuse is #31 on 24/7 Wall St.'s list of worst cities to live in. Here is the website's reasoning for that ranking:
An economic powerhouse in the industrial era, Syracuse has been in decline for decades. Today, some 31.0% of Syracuse residents live in poverty, roughly double the New York state poverty rate of 15.4%. The high poverty rate is likely fueled, in part, by a struggling job market. The city’s annual unemployment rate of 6.6% is well above the statewide unemployment rate of 5.3%. Total employment in the city fell by about 1% between 2013 and 2015, even as employment nationwide climbed 4% over the same time period.
Often indicative of less desirable places to live, property is relatively cheap in Syracuse. The typical area home is worth only $93,100, less than a third of the statewide median home value of $293,500.
Also appearing on the list are two other upstate New York cities: Rochester is listed at #34 and Buffalo is ranked #22.
The top-5 worst cities to live in, according to 24/7 Wall St., are Detroit, Birmingham, Flint, St. Louis and Memphis. You can see the full list by clicking here.
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