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

3. Newark, N.J.

Violent crime per 1,000 people: 10.29 (21st highest)
Poverty rate: 30.2% (10th highest)
Adult population graduated from high school: 69.2% (6th lowest)
Credit rating: A3 (negative outlook)
Population: 277,232

Newark has a very high rate of poverty, reaching 30.2% in 2010. Its median household income is $32,043 — the ninth lowest among the 100 largest cities. Less than 70% of the adult population has a high school diploma or more — the sixth lowest rate. Meanwhile, Newark’s violent crime rate has been increasing. In late November 2010, the city laid off nearly 15% of its police force. By May 2011, the annual murder rate had increased a stunning 65%. Robberies, burglaries and thefts increased as well.

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