The Golden State might have numerous cities which are truly golden but Firebaugh is not one of those. Unsurprisingly, Fresno County is another city that is considered one of the most miserable. This city was founded along the San Joaquin River during the 19th-century Gold Rush. Yet, things have taken quite a downturn in the early 21st century. The most obvious issue in Firebaugh is the economic downturn.
The whole county seems to be struggling with poor economic growth. Three in ten of its residents are living in poverty which is certainly caused by its high unemployment rate which is 11%. While Firebaugh is miserable, its crime rates are actually relatively low as it seems to have the same rate of violent crime as the national average.
Muskegon Heights, Michigan
An article published in 2022 explained that the Muskegon Heights residents are “fed up with these ‘raggedy streets’”. The article headline does not exactly paint a beautiful picture of this Michigan city, but then again, it is probably a fair point. Though the population numbers approximately 10,000, one part of the population is complaining about the “raggedy streets” and the other half is part of the problem. Just under 40% of the population lives in poverty.
The city reported that the average income per household is $25,411 a year meaning it is less than half of the national average. With poverty comes crime and Muskegon Heights is no exception. There are approximately 1,800 violent crimes and 6,000 property crimes for every 100,000 people.
Benton Harbor, Michigan
As romantic as the name sounds, Benton Harbor is not the crown jewel of Michigan. While the name brings to mind a calm town with a prosperous economy thanks to its harbor, Benton Harbor is anything but. Not only does it have one of the highest levels of crime in the state, but it has some of the highest levels in the country.
The annual report for 2017 stated that there were about 2,200 violent crimes for every 100,000 residents. That is more than five times the national average. Even though it has a small population of just under 10,000, about 48% of its residents are living below the poverty line. That is an astounding figure as almost half of its population lives in poverty.
Downriver from Detroit, Ecorse now composes the Detroit Metro area. The city was founded in the early 19th century. With its proximity to the Detroit and Ecorse Rivers as well as the establishment of a steel mill, it soon became a booming town. However, now the city has inherited many of the problems of its upriver city, Detroit. While it does not have the population size of Detroit, Ecorse’s population is struggling with poverty, crime, and boredom.
About 36.8% of its population lives in poverty. Violent crime statistics indicate that there are about 1,500 violent crimes for every 100,000 people making it high above the national average. While boredom may not be a real complaint, Ecorse residents struggle with it as there are limited entertainment options.
You might just get “robbed” in Robstown, Texas. And no that is not why they gave this city its name. They were not trying to warn you about the high crime rate in Robstown. Nonetheless, you might still get robbed. In the early 20th century this city in Nueces County was founded by one Robert Driscoll. In 2017, the city was ranked the most dangerous city by the FBI. Statistics indicate that there are 894 violent crimes per every 100,000 people.
Another issue Robstown residents have to deal with is a declining population. And though its population is shrinking, it doesn’t mean there are more jobs to go around. In fact, there are fewer. Unemployment has risen to 8.1% which is above the national average of 4.1%.