Any way this news gets sliced, it’s a cut.

In a list released by 24/7 Wall St., St. Louis is listed as the fourth-worst city in the U.S. in which to live.

Fourth-worst, trailing only Detroit; Birmingham, Ala.; and Flint, Mich.

Our fair burg is ranked high (or low, if you prefer) by the the financial news and opinion website for its “24.9 percent poverty rate and the highest violent crime rate in the U.S.”

The article notes that “Decades of manufacturing decline, white flight, and exclusionary zoning in St. Louis have led to some of the worst urban decay, racial segregation and income inequality of any major city today.”

Specifically, it notes that our poverty rate is significantly higher than the national average of 14.7 percent; and that the violent crime rate in 2015 was almost five times the national rate.

To compose the list, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data on all U.S. cities with a population of 65,000 or more and examined crime rates, employment growth, access to restaurants and attractions, educational attainment and housing affordability.

Rounding out places Nos. 5-10 are: Memphis; Milwaukee; Albany, Ga.; Hartford; Merced, Calif.; and Wilmington, Del.


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