5 Worst Places to Live in Texas

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The better place to live for your current circumstances is likely to be in a city in Texas where you plan to move. The best way to avoid bad neighborhoods is to know which ones to avoid as well as the crime statistics and employment opportunities in that area. According to a study by the Urban Institute, the worst neighborhoods or nearby cities may be within a short distance from even the most beautiful community. The state's rate of natural disasters is also worth considering - some coastal regions are hit by more hurricanes, tropical depressions, flooding, and other disasters than others. Based on the data and statistics provided by RoadSnacks, here are the 5 worst places to live in Texas according to RoadSnacks:

Top 5: Alton

Another community located near the border with Mexico in the extreme south of the state is Alton. Again, Alton makes the cut one of Texas's most attractive miniature towns due to its economy.

Starting with the fact that the town is impoverished, there are a number of problems the city faces. Specifically, nearly one-third of the city struggles with sub-poverty. An estimated $32,495 median income and a 13.0% increase account for this. Besides housing and education, Alton also has challenges. Among the local schools, Great Schools rates them a 6 on a 10-point scale.

Top 4: Progreso

A short drive from the Mexican border, Progresso is located at the very southern tip of the state. A short drive away is the Texas coast, including South Padre Island and Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge.

It can be challenging to cope with the everyday struggles of town life. A respectable $52,500 is the median income in the area. Unfortunately, finding a job is difficult. One in five residents live below the poverty line, and 10.1% of the workforce is unemployed. Additionally, local schools don't fare well on Great Schools, scoring no better than six out of 10.

Top 3: Cleveland

Cleveland is about 45 minutes west of Houston along Interstate 69. It is among the worst places in Texas due to high crime rates and a lack of jobs.

You can see what we mean by reviewing the statistics. With a 7.4% unemployment rate and a 14.4% poverty rate, the unemployment rate is a concern. Based on the crime rate in the town, it consistently tracks more than 150% above the U.S. standard.

The quality of life in Cleveland might be challenging, but at least it takes place in a beautiful setting. The town is located near the entrance to the Sam Houston National Forest.

Top 2: Diboll

Near the northeastern part of the state, Diboll lies amidst natural splendor. The Davy Crockett National Forest lies to the west, the Sam Rayburn Reservoir lies to the east, and the Angelina National Forest lies to the north.

Sadly, town life is not as lovely as it should be. Instead, the economic picture is bleak: unemployment is 14.8%, poverty is 28.1%, and the median income is $39750. In addition, none of the schools scored better than a 5/10 on Great Schools.

Top 1: Hutchins

The town of Hutchins is located in the suburbs surrounding Dallas, about 20 minutes from the city center. This should provide commuters with a great starting point. That's not quite right. A majority of residents are sub-poverty stricken, and the community drifts through an economic wasteland.

Other problems plague Hutchins in addition to the economic ones. There is a crime rate that exceeds the national average by about 60%. While most locals live in substandard housing and education, they struggle to make ends meet. If you plan to transfer to Hutchins, make sure that you have plenty of savings because it may take a while before you get settled here.

In your opinion, did we make a good list? Would you add any towns, and if not, which would you omit? I would appreciate hearing your views in the comments below!








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