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

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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.