|Worst Cities for Youth|
|Detail:|| ScoopDaily has compiled a list of the 5 worst cities for urban youth while paying particular attention to high-school graduation rates, infant mortality rates, unemployment rates, juvenile justice incarceration, and the amount of jobs created in relation to funds received by the Recovery Act.|
5. Cleveland, OH
At 34%, the city of Cleveland has among the lowest high school graduation rates in the country; a total of 11,254 "Deliquency and Unruly" cases were filed; African-American youth made up 64% of individual offenders, the highest of any minority group; the city's unemployment rate stands at 8.3%; and over $27,000,000 in Recovery Act funds has been received, with zero jobs created to show for it.
4. Baltimore, MD
41% high school graduation rate lands Baltimore on the list of Cities in Crisis; African-American youth made up more than 43% of those placed in Juvenile Detention Facilities, 47% of Out-Of-Home Placements, and 80% of those placed in Shelter Care Programs, the highest of any other group; African-American infants had the highest mortality rate (15.5 per 1000 live births) of any group; currently the city's unemployment rate stands at 7.6%; and over $113,000,000 in funds have been dispersed for Baltimore with some 202 jobs created for this area.
3. Atlanta, GA
44% high school graduation rate lands Atlanta on the list of Cities in Crisis; African-American youth made up over 93% of total intake for unique youth served for criminal offences, over 92% of admissions for criminal offences, over 92% of releases for criminal offences committed, over 96% of the average daily population for criminal offences, and over 95% of child care days served for criminal defences; 50 youth gangs identified in the city; the city's unemployment rate stands at 10.5%, more than the nation's current employment rate of 10.2% and over $42,000,000 in funds, but only 30 jobs have been created.
2. Detroit, MI
Dismal high school graduation rate of 38%; Detroit's Wayne County is at the top of the list of counties identified for targeted intervention due to a high juvenile crime arrest rate over a period of 5 years; Detroit is also known to be one of the most violent cities, rated as the nation's murder capital, 17,428 instances of violent crime out of a population of 905,783; Detroit has an infant mortality rate of 15.4 per 1000 live births; the city's unemployment rate stands at a staggering 17.3%; and over more than $20,000,000 in Recovery Act funds has been received, with only 67 jobs created.
1. Chicago, IL
Chicago has a high school graduation rate of 55.7%; almost 300,000 youth live in poverty in Chicago's Cook County; over 26,000 crimes against youth have been reported; over 31,000 youth in Cook County have been arrested for criminal offences; Chicago's struggle with youth violence has received national attention over the past year; African- Americans have a mortality rate of 14.7 per 1000 births; Chicago's unemployment rate stands at 10% and more than $800,000,000 in Recovery Act funds has been received, with a dismal 19 jobs created.