24/7 Wall Street ranks Chattanooga 30th-worst city to live in

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A recent report from financial news company 24/7 Wall Street ranked Chattanooga as the 30th-worst city to live.

For the ranking, officials used nine categories: economy, education, health, crime, environment, infrastructure, demography, housing and leisure.

The city did the worst in the economy and crime categories. 

“Job growth is an important indicator of a city’s prosperity and economic potential, and in Chattanooga, job growth has been stagnant,” according to the report. “While total U.S. employment grew by 4 percent between 2013 and 2015, employment in the city increased by just 0.4 percent over the same period-less than over 500 of the 551 cities considered.”

Officials noted high crime rates as an “unfavorable feature.”

“There were nearly 1,000 violent crimes and 5,900 property crimes in the city per 100,000 residents in 2015, well above the national rates of 373 violent crimes and 2,487 property crimes per 100,000 people,” according to the report.

The report used the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s 2015 Uniform Crime Report for crime statistics.

Knoxville and Memphis made the list in the 23rd and fifth spots, respectively. 

To view the list of the worst cities to live in, click here.

For the full report, click here.

Eric Wise is a contributing writer. He is currently attending UTC, where he is assistant news editor for the school newspaper, The University Echo. He also serves as the alumni relations chairman for his fraternity.