East St. Louis, Illinois, is one of the 10 Worst Cities in the U.S. According to Americans

Some cities in the United States may be less desirable to visit than others, due to crime rates, infrastructure, and cleanliness. Recently on an online platform, Americans have shared their views on the worst big cities in the USA and

1. Stockton, California

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Several Americans boldly proclaimed that Stockton, California, is the most abominable big city in the United States. One local cited the crime rates and the number of homeless as the main reasons to avoid the city. Others also mentioned this was the home of the “Speed Freak Killer”.

2. Camden, New Jersey

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According to a world traveler, Camden, New Jersey, is the most dreadful city in the United States. They recounted a terrifying incident while passing through the area on their way to a concert. While waiting at a red light, a police officer suggested they run red lights in the city and not stop. Upon turning the corner, they saw groups of people waiting for cars to stop, which made them feel uneasy. This experience led the wayfarer to believe that Camden was a dangerous place. Several other commenters voiced similar experiences in the city.

3. East St. Louis, Illinois

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Several adventurers stated that the worst big city in America is East St. Louis. One individual stated, “East St Louis is the only city I’ve been in where a cop told me to run every stop sign until I got back to the interstate.” With a population of around 20,000 individuals, East St. Louis has a history of high crime rates, poverty, and economic downturns.

4. Bakersfield, California

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When asked about America’s most unpleasant big cities many Americans stated Bakersfield. One adventurer stated it is “Nothing but meth and strip malls.” Others mentioned the poor air quality and high crime rates as reasons to avoid Bakersfield. 

5. Baltimore, Maryland

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Another American shared their perspective on Baltimore as the most dreadful city in the USA. Although they have yet to visit every city in the country, they believe Baltimore could benefit from some improvement. The city’s reputation for high crime rates and poverty has long overshadowed its potential, and despite recent efforts to revitalize the downtown area, Baltimore still faces significant challenges in improving safety and the quality of life for its residents.

6. Jackson, Mississippi

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According to a wanderer, Jackson, Mississippi, is the worst city in the USA. They said this is due to the astonishingly high murder rate and crumbling infrastructure. The city’s population, which is roughly 160,000, has been battling poverty and crime for years and has been called one of the deadliest cities in the US. Many residents have expressed concerns about the lack of resources and opportunities available in the city.

7. Gary, Indiana

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One American said, “It’s the only place I’ve been with barbed wire on the rooftops of fast food restaurants.” Other commenters said law enforcement encouraged them not to stop at the stop signs in Gary city limits, due to safety issues. It has consistently been dubbed one of the most dangerous cities in the country.

8. Miami, Florida

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Several Americans stated Miami is one of the worst cities in the country. One commenter, who grew up in the city, said, “A lot of death and violence happened in our hood. Terrible memories. I lost my dad to that city.” Others expressed their dislike of the hot, humid year-round weather and hurricanes. 

9. New Orleans

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One traveler deemed New Orleans the worst large city in the USA due to the potential danger lurking around every corner. Taking a few wrong turns outside of the main tourist areas can lead to a wild and scary situation. While the city is a popular tourist destination known for its lively music and culture, it also has a reputation for high crime rates and poverty. 

10. Charleston, West Virginia

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Another American deemed Charleston as one of the worst US cities. They claimed Charleston “is a dead zone with a struggling infrastructure and an economy that can’t keep itself afloat.” They also mentioned a severe homeless problem


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