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5. Benton Harbor

Benton Harbor, Michigan


Population: 10,014
Home Values: $47,800 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 23.9% (7th worst)
You might have passed through Benton Harbor once and probably throught it seems to be a relatively quiet, clean place.

Here’s what science says about why Benton Harbor needs some love: The unemployment rate is nearly 23.9%, residents earn about $18,085 a year, and home prices are just over $47,800. Across the board, those are in the bottom half in the state. Not absolutely horrible, but not desirable, either.

And there simply isn’t anything to do in Benton Harbor.

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