Is This Really Minnesota's Worst City To Live In?

October 9, 2018

Apparently 24/7 Wall Street created a study and it turns out St. Cloud is Minnesota's worst place to live. We all know the truth, and it's just not true.

But what's interesting is to look at the data the report used to come to the conclusion about Minnesota's 10th-largest city, home to nearly 70,000 residents. The study had eight major categories: crime, economy, education, environment, health, housing, infrastructure and leisure.

This is what the study had to say about St. Cloud: 

"Of the 11 Minnesota cities considered, St. Cloud has the highest poverty rate. More than one in five St. Cloud residents live below the poverty line, over double the state's 9.9 percent poverty rate. The city also has the state's highest annual unemployment rate, which at 4.1 percent is higher than the statewide rate of 3.9 percent but below the 4.9 percent national rate. St. Cloud is also the only city in Minnesota to be losing residents faster than it is attracting them. In the last five years, the city's population contracted by 1.0 percent."