Michigan Has The 4th Worst City To Live In U.S… It’s Not Flint
We live in a state that has startling dichotomies. One day you'll hear that Michigan has the best this or the worst that. Earlier this year Michigan was named the best place to travel in the world. The list goes on and on. We tend to point out the best in our state and ourselves but we have our short comings too like the worst auto insurance. And now we have another that we're not so proud of: the 4th worst city to live in the U.S.
According to an article on msn.com, most of the cities on this list are from the rural South but #4 is from right here in Michigan and it's not Flint; but it's close.
4. Beecher, Michigan
Beecher is a small unincorporated community in Michigan's Rust Belt, located less than 10 miles north of Flint. As is the case in most areas that have suffered from industrial decline in recent decades, joblessness is widespread in Beecher. The area's five year unemployment rate of 23.1% is nearly quadruple the comparable 5.9% national rate.
With a lack of available jobs, many in Beecher are struggling financially. The area's poverty rate of 38.4% is far more than double the 14.1% national rate, and the majority of households in Beecher live on an income of less than $27,000 a year.