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24/7 Wall St: Worst-Run Cities in America

5. Cleveland, Ohio

Violent crime per 1,000 people: 12.97 (8th highest)
Poverty rate: 34.0% (3rd highest)
Adult population graduated from high school: 77.7% (19th lowest)
Credit rating: A1 (stable outlook)
Population: 396,240

Cleveland has grown exceptionally poor since its days as a major manufacturing center. Census data from 2010 show that one out of every three Cleveland residents lives in poverty, placing the city among the poorest large American cities. Cleveland also has the second-lowest median household income, at just $25,977, as well as a particularly high rate of violent crime. In addition, Cleveland is the county seat of Cuyahoga County, which is in the midst of a tremendous corruption scandal, centered around County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora.

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