Lake rated least livable among Michigan counties, study finds


Lake was ranked Michigan’s worst county to live in, according to a Wall St. 24/7 analysis of regions with the poorest quality of life within all 50 states.

Lake recorded a five-year population change of 1.1 percent. Its poverty rate was estimated at 25 percent, while the share of adults with bachelor’s degrees was 11.4 percent, 24/7 Wall St. reported. 

Average life expectancy at birth in Lake is 76.8 years.

The analysis used U.S. Census Bureau numbers, as well as data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, to examine these counties’ poverty rates, average life expectancy and the share of the population with four-year college degrees. Counties with populations under 10,000 were excluded from the analysis.

The counties identified in the study were largely left out of the general prosperity the United States as a whole experienced in recent years, 24/7 Wall St. said.

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Worst Counties to Live in by State

RankCountyState5-year Population ChangePoverty RateAdult Bachelor's Degree AttainmentLife Expectancy (Years)
1WilcoxAlabama-6.7%31.9%12.0%72.2
2Bethel Census AreaAlaska4.5%27.0%12.6%74.3
3ApacheArizona0.0%35.9%11.5%74.3
4Phillips Arkansas-9.8%33.0%11.3%71.3
5LakeCalifornia-0.4%22.8%15.3%75.8
6OteroColorado-2.5%22.9%17.7%76.4
7WindhamConnecticut-1.2%11.1%24.4%79.0
8KentDelaware6.4%13.0%23.5%77.5
9UnionFlorida-0.6%21.4%8.3%67.6
10Ben HillGeorgia-1.9%30.4%10.2%73.6
11HawaiiHawaii5.9%17.4%28.6%80.2
12OwyheeIdaho-0.8%23.3%9.7%78.7
13SalineIllinois-2.2%20.6%16.4%74.9
14SwitzerlandIndiana1.0%19.7%8.7%76.5
15LeeIowa-2.7%16.3%15.7%77.5
16WyandotteKansas3.8%21.4%16.7%75.4
17McCrearyKentucky-2.5%41.0%7.6%76.3
18Madison ParishLouisiana-4.1%36.4%13.4%71.6
19PiscataquisMaine-2.7%18.7%17.8%78.0
20BaltimoreMaryland-0.1%22.4%30.4%72.1
21HampdenMassachusetts1.1%17.2%26.5%78.9
22LakeMichigan1.1%25.0%11.4%76.8
23WadenaMinnesota-1.3%15.0%12.9%78.8
24HolmesMississippi-4.9%46.5%10.7%71.0
25PemiscotMissouri-5.2%28.5%12.0%72.0
26RooseveltMontana7.1%29.1%15.5%71.2
27DakotaNebraska-1.6%16.8%12.6%78.4
28NyeNevada-1.2%17.3%11.5%74.1
29CoosNew Hampshire-2.3%13.3%18.3%78.2
30CumberlandNew Jersey-1.2%18.8%14.4%76.6
31McKinleyNew Mexico1.3%37.5%10.8%78.4
32BronxNew York5.0%29.7%19.4%78.7
33RobesonNorth Carolina0.2%29.2%12.8%73.7
34RoletteNorth Dakota4.6%32.4%20.7%73.0
35AdamsOhio-2.1%23.8%12.1%75.2
36ChoctawOklahoma-1.3%31.0%12.5%73.3
37MalheurOregon-2.0%25.2%13.2%78.4
38PhiladelphiaPennsylvania2.9%25.8%27.1%75.5
39ProvidenceRhode Island1.0%16.7%27.8%79.3
40MarlboroSouth Carolina-4.3%26.6%8.9%72.0
41Oglala LakotaSouth Dakota0.0%51.9%12.4%66.8
42GrundyTennessee-2.9%28.5%11.0%72.5
43ZavalaTexas3.4%36.2%7.6%77.9
44San JuanUtah3.3%28.4%17.3%79.0
45OrleansVermont-0.9%14.2%22.0%79.4
46PetersburgVirginia-0.6%27.6%17.5%72.2
47AdamsWashington3.7%23.1%13.6%79.2
48McDowellWest Virginia-10.3%34.9%4.9%70.3
49AdamsWisconsin-3.8%13.0%12.5%77.8
50UintaWyoming-0.9%14.9%17.4%77.4
Source: 24/7 Wall St.

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