Report: Beloit named worst city to live in Wisconsin

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BELOIT, Wis. (WIFR) -- A recent report from USA Today names Beloit the worst city to live in Wisconsin.

The report​ used a weighted index from 24/7 Wall St. to measure cities in four categories: affordability, economy, quality of life, and community. The city with the worst score in every state was considered the worst city in the state to live in.

Beloit's poverty rate (24.8%) was almost double the state average (12.3%), while the city's median home value ($85,200) was almost half of the state average ($169,000).

Here is USA Today's description of Beloit per the report:

"Beloit is a small city in southern Wisconsin that sits on the Illinois state border. Nearly one in every four area residents live below the poverty line, a larger share than in over 90% of U.S. cities. In many cities, real estate values are a reflection of what area residents can afford, and in Beloit, property values are low. The typical city home is worth just $85,200, about half the value of the typical Wisconsin home.

The area's low incomes are partially attributable to the high jobless rate. According to the Census, 6.4% of workers in Beloit are unemployed, the largest share of any city in the state and more than double Wisconsin's 3.1% unemployment rate."

In Illinois, East St. Louis was named the worst city to live.