Detroit is America's worst big city to live in, report says

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Luglio 25, 2017

Detroit, which also finished poorly in recent Wallethub studies analyzing stress and the competency of city leaders, received a cumulative score of 35.53, more than 6 points behind Memphis, the second-worst ranked city. It ranked each city in each of these individual categories, and then ranked a master composite of all the categories to come up with a final list.

In an analysis of the nation's 62 largest cities in terms that involved 50 key metrics covering housing and socioeconomic issues, WalletHub dubbed Virginia Beach, Va., as the best big city to live in thanks to having the highest homeownership rate (63.5 percent), lowest share of residents below the poverty line (8.3 percent) and fewest violent crimes (1.38 per 1,000 residents).

Analysts compared 62 of the largest cities in the US across five dimensions: affordability, economy, education & health, quality of life and safety. Detroit was cited for having the highest share of residents below the poverty level (40.3 percent). The city was fourth in percentage of population with a high school diploma, but surprisingly didn't make the top five in any other individual category although its average was high enough to warrant the number three spot. Chicago was No. 18.

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