U.S. Cities That Have The Worst Reputation For Good Reason

According to the 2018 US Census, there are 310 cities in the United States with a population of 100,000 people or more– but not all of those cities are thriving. American cities that used to offer a high quality of life to its residents lost it all within a matter of years. For many, jobs disappeared, leaving its population with no opportunity and a slippery slope into poverty. Due to crime, home foreclosures, and unemployment, among other factors, these are the U.S. cities with the worst reputations… Did yours make the list?

Lancaster, California

Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Those who have never visited California may be unaware of how large and diverse the golden state actually is- it’s not all Hollywood, baby. In fact, the state has plenty of cities that rank extremely low when it comes to having a good reputation – more than any other state on this list! One of them is Lancaster, California.

Although it’s located within the Los Angeles County lines, Lancaster is a desert city with a population of around 160,000 people and a terrible reputation. The city is known for its drug problems and hate groups and has a poverty rate of 23%. Pair that with the extreme heat and it’s understandable why Lancaster gets a bad rap.