If you want high crime, no jobs and meager salaries, move to North Adams. If you’re one of the thirteen thousand people who lives in North Adams, at least you have one another. Population: 40,280Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1) Home Values: 8,600 (7th worst) Unemployment Rate: 10.7% (6th worst) Holyoke has a 10.7% unemployment rate (6th in MA), below average income levels and the 2nd highest crime rate in the state. ‘I visited Holyoke over the weekend and I have to say the place just seemed completely depressing.There isn’t a place in Massachusetts that has cheaper homes. ‘I saw lots people around Holyoke who looked…well bad. ‘And what’s with the poorish looking area, where there were a lot of people in run down homes?If you live in New Bedford, you can brag to your buddies at the bah that you have it rough, and they should buy you a bucket of Sam Adams.Population: 88,902Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2) Home Values: 7,900 (13th worst) Unemployment Rate: 12.3% (3rd worst) Fall River has some of the same issues that the cities above have.If you’re looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.
Fitchburg is also located in the north-central part of the state, along MA-2. Again, the household incomes here are really, really low, and the average home value is 9,500.We’re going to use science to tell us where the really bad places in the Bay State are to live. After analyzing the 39 most populous cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst places in Massachusetts: What? And before you get all riled up and say we’re picking on small town America, that’s not the case.We understand there’s a lot of good in every place.Which is fine, unless you look closely at the data.Homes are the cheapest in the state, and at 6,400, just about anyone with a pulse can buy a home here.