2. Detroit, Michigan: Dangerous and Declining
One of the places that has consistently ranked on the most dangerous and least desirable lists has been Detroit, Michigan. With 14,504 violent crimes in 2013, Detroit accounted for nearly half of the murders committed in the entire state of Michigan.
Not only does the violent crime rate make this city one of the worst cities to raise kids, but so does the failing education system. National standardized test scores for the public and charter schools in this area have been poor, to say the least.
According to the Detroit Free Press, in 2009 most fourth and eighth graders in the Detroit Public School System failed to reach the basic level on their math standardized tests. Making it “the lowest performance in the history of the National Assessment of Educational Progress.”