If you’ve ever been on an old fashioned American road trip, you’ve probably driven through some sad looking towns. I mean, we love you America but, man. So when asked to name the WORST city in the US of A, your mind probably goes straight to one of those places. But according to a new study by 24/7 Wall Street, that title goes to (drum roll, please) Miami. Wait… what?!

people enjoy palms and art deco hotels at Ocean Drive

To decide on the worst cities in America, 24/7 Wall Street reviewed data on the 550 US cities with populations of 65,000 or more. They looked at crime rates, employment growth, access to restaurants and attractions, as well as educational attainment and housing affordability.

24/7 Wall Street writes, “Residents of the worst cities to live in tend to have lower incomes and higher poverty rates. Of the 50 worst cities, only eight have median incomes higher than the nationwide median household income of $53,657 a year. In 29 of the 50 cities, more than 25 percent of the population lives in poverty, in contrast with the national poverty rate of 15.5 percent.”

So how exactly was a major holiday destination given this not-so-flattering title? Well, for starters, the average salary comes in at $31,917 a year, which is well below the national median of $53,657. And in addition to that, the average home costs $245,000 (likely because of its proximity to the beach). The national median of a home is $181,200. Because of these discrepancies, more than one in every four people in Miami live in poverty.

To see the full list of the 50 worst cities in America, head here.

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