15 US Cities With the Worst Reputations

Whether they're deserved or not, these American cities have developed terrible reputations! At one time, these cities had high crime rates and high unemployment figures—perhaps even both! They are also cities where the population has been on a downward trend. Some have made a rebound in recent years, however, but their past history still haunts them.

Detroit, Michigan

The Motor City has never quite recovered from the race riots of the 1960s. Additionally, the economy is poor—since the auto industry tanked and a string of corrupt officials were indicted, companies have avoided Detroit. A low-budget police force struggles to keep up with crime, leading to a less-than-desirable reputation.

Detroit has also experienced the second-most dramatic population decline of any major city of the last century. Since it peaked in population during the 1950 census,  the city has lost 61% of its population. With the loss of this tax base, the city itself had to declare bankruptcy. Tens of thousands of houses now sit abandoned throughout the city&mdah;upwards of 30,000 by one 2012 estimate.

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