California Cities Land on List of Worst Small Cities to Live
More than a dozen of California small cities ranked in the bottom list of WalletHub's worst cities to live.
WalletHub released its report on the Best and Worst Small Cities in America on Tuesday, November 3, according to Realtor. WalletHub used around 22 metrics to come up with the list, which includes housing costs, quality of life, population growth, crime, educational system, health insurance coverage, unemployment rates and other economic factors. The report ranked 1,268 small cities across the country and showed that the worst cities or those that landed at bottom 23 were all in California. At the very last spot is Bell with an overall score of 26.78 percent. Other California small cities at the bottom list include Huntington Park, Bell Gardens, Compton, Lynwood, Maywood, South Gate, Watsonville, Delano, Paramount, Perris, Baldwin Park, Hawthorne, National City, Rosemead, Wasco and Bellflower. The California cities of Hemet, Merced, Los Banos, Montebello, Soledad and Desert Hot Springs also made it to the bottom 23 list.
Jill Gonzalez, the WalletHub analyst, told Realtor that they were surprised that many small cities in California were identified as some of the worst cities to live in. Gonzalez added, "But a lot of this is just snowballing down from the economic factors."
In the report, Realtor took note of the various factors that may have contributed to the low scores of some California cities on WalletHub's list. According to Josue Barrios, a Realtor agent in Downey, California, some of these factors includes low homeownership rates, environmental factors, lack of employment opportunities and many cities considered as "food deserts." These would be areas where there is a lack of easy access to healthy food options.
Another factor is the rising cost of homes experienced not only in California but other real estate markets in the U.S. For the California city which landed at the bottom spot on WalletHub's list, the median home price in Bell is at $499,000, according to Realtor.
On a nationwide basis, the latest US Home Price Report from CoreLogic indicated that home prices went up 6.4 percent year-over-year for the month of September. In the state of California, home prices of single-family properties rose 6.1 percent year-over-year. In California, the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, Long Beach and Glendale posted a 7 percent increase, while the Riverside, San Bernardino and Ontario areas rose 5.7 percent.