Milwaukee 'Naughtiest' City in U.S., Report Says

Statue of Fonzie from the hit TV series Happy Days on riverwalk of Milwaukee River, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Don Klumpp/AlamyA statue of Fonzie from the hit TV series "Happy Days" as scene on the Milwaukee Riverwalk.
Milwaukee can expect a lump of coal in its Christmas stocking this year. The Wisconsin city tops the country's 10 Naughtiest Cities list, according to a RealtyTrac report.

But, Texas can expect lots of goodies in its Christmas stocking, because the state boasts 6 of the top 10 Nicest Cities, according to the real estate data company.

The report looked at number of sex offenders, unemployment, foreclosures, crime and elementary school scores to determine the naughty and nice cities in the U.S. with populations more than 100,000 and for which there was sufficient data available. To make it on the naughty list a city needed to be worse off than the all-county average for each of the five factors, while to make it on the nice list a city needed to be better off.

Naughty List

The report found 20 "naughty" cities where unemployment, sex offenders, and foreclosure inventory were above the national averages along with school ratings below the national average and a crime rating of C or below. Of the top 10 "naughtiest," three are in California.
  1. Milwaukee
  2. Detroit
  3. Stockton, California
  4. Philadelphia
  5. Fresno, California
  6. Sacramento, California
  7. Rockford, Illinois
  8. Springfield, Massachusetts
  9. Hartford, Connecticut
  10. Paterson, New Jersey
Nice List

The report showed 55 cities with unemployment, sex offenders and foreclosure inventory below the national averages along with an average school score above the national average and a crime rating of B or above. Cary, North Carolina, hit the top spot on the top nicest cities list, and Texas claims six of the top 10 nicest cities.
  1. Cary, North Carolina
  2. Fairfax, Virginia
  3. Pearland, Texas
  4. Irvine, California
  5. Frisco, Texas
  6. Sugar Land, Texas
  7. Richardson, Texas

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