Milwaukee struggles with poverty and high crime rates. Last year, a typical household made just over $34,000, and nearly 30% of people lived beneath the poverty line, considerably worse than the country’s figures. There were nearly 1,300 violent crimes per 100,000 residents in 2012, more than three times the national rate of 387 violent crimes per 100,000 people. The city’s socioeconomic problems were among the reasons Moody’s assigned Milwaukee a Aa2 rating. The agency also expressed management-related concerns, specifically highlighting the city’s debt burden and the complexity of its debt financing.
Poverty. Crime. Debt.
So what has Mayor Tom Barrett been spending his time and energy on with these major problems?
Milwaukee joins such esteemed cities as Detroit, Stockton, Newark, and Cleveland on the list of Top Ten Worst Run Cities in America.