In the great, sprawling landscape of our American nation, the place you pick to raise your family is of extreme importance. Of course, it’s not always up to you where you land, since jobs and marriage and even time itself can conspire to send you places you never even dreamed of. All that said, if you want to do right by your kids, you might try to steer clear of the places on this list. Listen, every city has pockets of enlightenment and culture and neighborhoods where things are safe and the kids are happy. This study of the most populated cities in America, though, says the following places are kind of toxic for your growing clan. Get ready to fear for your child’s safety. (For the flip side, see the 15 Best Places to Raise and Educate your Kids.)
1. Jackson, MS
While Jackson isn’t the worst place in America when it comes to stuff to entertain your family, the odds you’d actually want to raise your kids there are slim. Jackson rates near the bottom when it comes to health, safety, education, affordability and socioeconomic environment. It’s a cesspool, folks. Sorry.