California and Hawaii are often billed as sunny, fun-filled places to live, but according to a new report, some of their cities are actually the worst places to live. Really!
What’s up with Hawaii?
Makaha was deemed the worst place to reside in the state due to its high cost of living and low affordability. Not only are goods and services in this tropical town 61.4% more expensive than the rest of the nation, but housing is practically unaffordable. A home in Makaha costs nearly $564,000—about eight times the median household income in the area.
And things are just as bad in Waianae. While this beach town is one of the few places on the list that boast a median household income higher than the U.S. average, its residents still can’t afford the island’s high cost of living.
In fact, living expenses are so out of control that a relatively large share of Waianae residents—27%—live below the poverty line.
Take-home lesson: Never assume that great weather or a location near the beach will translate to a better life.
Here’s a rundown of the 10 worst cities to live, ranked by 24/7 Wall St.—consider yourself warned!
The worst cities to live
- Mendota, CA
- Florida City, FL
- California City, CA
- Makaha, HI
- Highland Park, MI
- Bessemer, AL
- Bastrop, LA
- Waianae, HI
- Anniston, AL
- Avenal, CA