GASTONIA, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — A new report has named Gastonia, NC as one of the worst cities to live in the United States.

24/7 Wall St. recently released their listing of the “50 worst cities to live in.” According to the list, Gastonia was #45 and the only North Carolina city to be named.

The report states that Gastonia’s population has more than tripled in size since 1950, but still lags behind in a number of quality of life issues. 

“The city’s poverty rate of 19.7% is well above the nationwide average rate of 14.7%. Also, there were 716 violent crimes reported per 100,000 Gastonia residents in 2015, one of the highest violent crime rates of any U.S. city,” according to the report.

While Charlotte’s economy has transformed into a major banking and financial center, Gastonia has relied on manufacturing, which has been in active decline over the years. 

So, which city is the worst of the worst? That title goes to Detroit. The least of the worst is awarded to Columbus, GA at #50. 


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