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The Worst City to Live in Every State

24/7 Wall St. Logo By Samuel Stebbins of 24/7 Wall St. | Slide 2 of 51: > Population: 9,495 > Median home value: $94,300 (state: $142,700) > Poverty rate: 34.6% (state: 16.7%) > 5-yr. avg. unemployment: 15.7% (state: 5.9%) Atmore, a city of just under 10,000 residents in southern Alabama, ranks as the worst place to live in the state. The area's high poverty rate affects overall quality of life. At 34.6%, the city's poverty rate is more than double the 16.7% poverty rate across all of Alabama. Widespread poverty is partially attributable to a lack of economic opportunity, as an average of 15.7% of the labor force have been unemployed over the past five years, nearly triple the comparable 5.9% rate statewide. Financial hardship and a lack of jobs are likely driving people out of Atmore. In the last five years, the local population has contracted by 6.0%.

Alabama: Atmore

> Population: 9,495
> Median home value: $94,300 (state: $142,700)
> Poverty rate: 34.6% (state: 16.7%)
> 5-yr. avg. unemployment: 15.7% (state: 5.9%)

Atmore, a city of just under 10,000 residents in southern Alabama, ranks as the worst place to live in the state. The area's high poverty rate affects overall quality of life. At 34.6%, the city's poverty rate is more than double the 16.7% poverty rate across all of Alabama. Widespread poverty is partially attributable to a lack of economic opportunity, as an average of 15.7% of the labor force have been unemployed over the past five years, nearly triple the comparable 5.9% rate statewide.

Financial hardship and a lack of jobs are likely driving people out of Atmore. In the last five years, the local population has contracted by 6.0%.

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