|The 10 Worst Places to Live|
In 2010 the website walletpop.com published a list of the 10 worst U.S cities to live in. Their criteria included unemployment rates, foreclosure rates, crime, etc.
#1 on the list was El Centro, California. The city held the highest unemployment rate in the country, 27.5%, at the time of the article. A couple of years ago even the city’s cemetery went into foreclosure.
#2 was Cleveland. The article cited its weather—located on the south shore of Lake Erie, it gets hit by several feet of lake-effect snow each year. There has also been a lot of corruption in northern Ohio—309 public officials convicted of crimes in the prior 10 years. And the city has thousands of abandoned homes, partly because the federally-funded Afford-a-Home program provided down payments to many people who could not subsequently make the payments.
#3 was Detroit. The article called Detroit "America’s most dangerous city, with 1,220 violent crimes per 100,000 people." The stumbling auto industry has also hurt the Motor City.
Whether we like or don’t like where we’re living on Earth, as Christians we have another residence: the kingdom of God. We can live there now in the Spirit through faith in Jesus. And it will be our eternal home.
Reference: Aaron Crowe, "10 Worst Places to Live," walletpop.com (8/5/10)