SPRINGFIELD (WGGB) — Springfield earns a dubious distinction, according to one online ranking.
The city ranks first on the website areavibes.com‘s list of the worst cities in America.
It seems that every month a new report or survey finds that one city is better or worse than another for any number of reasons
But this month, Springfield is being named the worst place to live in the country.
The new study says that Springfield is a worse place to live than Hartford and even Detroit.
As we found out, whether residents agree or not they are emphatic in their opinions.
Some agree, including Victor Bazquez of Springfield.
“It is bad. Too many shootings, too many things going around,” Bazquez said.
“I’ve lived in Connecticut, I’ve lived in New York. The roads here for all the taxes we pay here, they are disgusting,” added Springfield resident Cynthia Bernabi.
Others, meanwhile, disagree.
“As far as areas of the country, Springfield is a pretty nice place city to live in,” said Oliver Kerr.
“We’re very happy in Springfield.”
According to areavibes.com, the reasons that Springfield tops the list is not only its high rate of violent crime, which is says is double the state average.
It also calls the school system poor and sites the graduation rate. In 2012, 27 percent of students dropped out.
Despite all that, there are still those who are devoted to the city.
“I plan to stay here as long as I possibly can,” said Carol Chase.
The report is based on a scoring system that takes into account crime, economic instability and a feeling of discomfort that plagues those in the area.