Nobody wants to be the worst at something. Entire cities and towns definitely don't want to be declared as the worst in a given state. But depending the type of criteria used and the results of the numbers crunched, there's a harsh reality that can up on your doorstep.

Wall St 24/7 released a special report detailing the worst cities to live in nationwide. They went state by state using an interesting set of data points. They included:

  • Median Home Value
  • Median Household Income
  • Poverty Rate
  • Drug-induced Mortality

The latest two data points are uncomfortable topics for most people in any state. Combining all of those data points led to an interesting result: the city of Brewer, Maine, being declared as the worst in the state.

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While several areas of Maine have seen a substantial upswing in median home value in recent years, Brewer's gains have been modest. The median home value in Brewer is $172,800, while the median home value in all of Maine is $212,100.

The median household income in Brewer is a point of contention as well. The state average is $63,182 while the median household income in Brewer is only $50,614.

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Google Maps

But it's the poverty rate and drug-induced mortality rate that put Brewer on this 24/7 Wall St list. The poverty rate in Brewer is 15.5%. That's 4.5% more than the state average of 11%.

The drug-induced mortality rate in Brewer is 52.2 deaths per 100,000 people. That is up significantly over the state average of 37.7 deaths per 100,000 people.

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Google Maps

While it's an unflattering look, many towns and cities in Maine have seen turnarounds in just the last 5-10 years.


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