Undoubtedly, the year 2020 has seen a lot of change in Americans’ lives. As a result, more people than ever are dissatisfied with their surroundings and are seriously thinking about moving abruptly to other parts of the country.
Data from the US Census were used to analyze the inhabitants of 1,000 cities and towns, taking into account median income, crime, travel time, and population changes. The following list of the worst cities in America is the result of data analysis.
15. Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Although there isn’t much competition in that category, Sioux Falls is the biggest city in South Dakota. The capital of Pierre is about three hours away, and Mount Rushmore is about five hours away.
The Big Sioux River, after which the city is named, borders the area where the city is located. Additionally, Sioux Falls is frequently ranked as one of the healthiest cities in the country.
14. Austin, Texas
Austin is the city closest to San Antonio, but it is also close to Dallas and Houston, both of which can be reached in less than three hours. In addition to being the state capital of Texas, it also has one of the fastest growing populations because of its “hip” image.
It has acquired the moniker of the “Live Music Capital of the World” over time, and the arts scene is still expanding. The University of Texas Austin campus is located in Austin.
13. Santa Rosa, California
Despite being a significant portion of California’s wine region, Sacramento and San Francisco are both less than 100 miles away from Santa Rosa. It’s one of the most picturesque places in the state, nestled between vast vineyards and along the Redwood Coast.
Of course, the city’s numerous wineries rank among its top attractions. The Charles M. Schulz Museum, which bears the name of the “Peanuts” comic book creator, is another attraction in the city besides alcohol production.
12. Overland Park, Kansas
The only city in Kansas larger than Overland Park is Witchita. The two prosperous cities are also conveniently close to one another—just a twenty-minute drive away—for those eager to avoid the expansive prairies.
Arboretum and Botanical Garden in Overland Park provide entertainment for locals. Additionally, it is home to a number of successful businesses, most notably Sprint, which generate a large number of jobs for the community.
11. Bismarck, North Dakota
The second-largest city in North Dakota (after Fargo) is Bismarck, which serves as the state capital. It was one of the top ten small cities in the nation for fastest growth, according to a 2019 issue of Forbes.
The North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum as well as the Dakota Zoo are a couple of the local attractions. Additionally, it has a restored historic village that was once inhabited by the local Mandan tribe
10. San Francisco, California
Despite the fact that San Francisco has many flaws, people still want to call it home. Despite the exorbitant cost of living, people there are still happier than they are in most other cities.
San Francisco, one of the most well-known cities in the nation, is the location of the Painted Lady’s Houses, Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard Street, and Alcatraz Island. Moreover, some of the best sourdough bread is available!
9. Scottsdale, Arizona
This list now includes yet another Phoenix suburb, but that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise at this point. In Scottsdale’s Old Town neighborhood, there are numerous stores and eateries.
The numerous golf courses in Scottsdale are also well-known, much to the delight of prospective residents looking for recreation. In addition, it is the location of several festivals, museums, art galleries, and even a few historic buildings.
8. San Jose, California
San Jose, the largest city in the southern Bay Area, is located in the heart of Silicon Valley. More than 6,600 headquarters are located there, mostly for ambitious tech companies.
Due to the presence of cutting-edge tech behemoths like Apple, Facebook, and Google close by, San Jose is a great place to commute from. Despite the high cost of living, the opulent lifestyle made possible by the tech industry makes it a comfortable place to live.
7. Grand Prairie, Texas
Between Dallas and Fort Worth is Grand Prairie, which is another fantastic location. It is a desirable location to be in if you don’t necessarily want to call either of those cities home because it is less than 25 minutes by car from both of them.
The city has a striking historic downtown that harkens back to its roots in the American West. Despite this, only 11% of the city’s residents are considered to be below the poverty line.
6. Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo is not only a happier place than Bismarck, but it is also the state’s largest city. It is conveniently located along the Red River, close to the Minnesota border.
The nearly 100-year-old Fargo Theatre still resides in Fargo’s historic downtown, which was once a frontier settlement. It serves as a hub for aspirational students because it is also the location of North Dakota State University.
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5. Huntington Beach, California
Huntington Beach, also known as “Surf City USA,” has ten stunning miles of coastline in Orange County. Given this, it makes sense why it ranks among the places where Americans are happiest to live.
As the renowned Pacific Coast Highway passes directly through town, it is an even more charming and picturesque place to establish a home. The International Surfing Museum is also located there, which makes sense given how many people visit the area.
4. Fremont, California
The fourth most populous city in the Bay Area is Fremont, despite being less well-known than San Francisco and San Jose. The region has been able to keep some of the charm that smaller nearby cities lack by remaining unnoticed.
It is situated in the East Bay and offers both tourists and locals a variety of art galleries, farmers markets, and historic sites. There are also a lot of parks, nature preserves, and wildlife sanctuaries nearby.
3. Madison, Wisconsin
Madison is well known for its great winter weather and is located close to five lakes. The cold is a reasonable price to pay considering everything else this city has to offer, even though it might be a bit much for some people to handle.
The Capitol and the campus of the University of Wisconsin are a couple of Madison’s top sights. Thanks to a recent influx of tech jobs, the city’s economy has been experiencing a boom.
2. Irvine, California
Orange County contains the master-planned community of Irvine. It has long been regarded as one of the safest cities in the nation, which attracts many people who are merely looking for a safe community.
More than 16,000 acres of parks and open space are available to the city. Because of this, a number of businesses and institutions of higher learning have established themselves in Irvine, creating a place full of opportunity for many.
1. Plano, Texas
It may seem unlikely for Plano, which began as a small, peaceful farming community, to be the happiest place in America. However, it now houses more than 280,000 people, several Fortune 1000 businesses, and a total of more than 10,000 businesses.
Plano is the fourth-largest city in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area and the ninth-largest city in Texas overall. Yet among US cities with populations greater than 250,000 in the 2000s, it had both the highest median income and the lowest crime rate.