It's the worst city for an active lifestyle.
It's the worst city to celebrate Valentine's Day.
It's the worst city for financial security.
For a place that calls itself the "City of Progress," Hialeah seems to rank abysmally low on almost every metric. What gives?
As it turns out, the rankings almost always come from WalletHub, a personal finance and credit score website that seems to pump out "best" and "worst" lists at 45-minute intervals. WalletHub's researchers look at existing data — including figures from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — and combine them with earlier WalletHub reports to make their lists.
That means a place like Hialeah gets dinged for systemic problems initially, and then over and over again because it performed poorly in earlier studies. According to WalletHub, the city has one of the nation's lowest median annual incomes, highest nonmortgage debt as a percentage of that annual income,
So what's a city like Hialeah to do?
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Some problems are easier to fix than others. WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez points to a recent report that shows Hialeah to be the worst city in America for active lifestyle.
"What dragged the city down
But what consistently hurts Hialeah in the rankings are more deep-rooted issues related to poverty. Having one of the nation's lowest median annual incomes means affordable housing can be hard to find. Many workers aren't offered employee benefits, which could explain why almost a third of the population doesn't have health insurance.
Though "best" and "worst" lists are easy fodder for news sites (guilty!), it's important to remember the results aren't exactly scientific. If you want to move your family to Oviedo or find happiness in Bismarck, go ahead and trust the rankings. If you want the best croquetas,