As we’ve been warning paid subscribers of our Independent Living newsletter for quite some time, we’re worried… especially about living conditions in our big cities and the highly populated suburbs that surround them.
Things are starting to get pretty rough in and around some of America’s population centers, and – as even the Wall Street and D.C crowds are finally admitting – conditions for millions of struggling people are going to get even worse before they get better.
We’ll give you a rundown of the worst cities and surrounding areas to be living as the U.S. financial system continues to implode, as well as potential haven cities that will weather the storm better than most. But first, let’s take a closer look at what’s happening and why we should all be concerned…
Numerous American Cities
Face a Long-Term Decline
It’s easy to blame the decline of once-great cities on the recent economic turmoil in our nation. But, that’s not the complete story. Many of our big cities that are falling apart today have been rotting away for years.
Los Angeles makes a perfect case study. For a century, LA experienced explosive growth. The population, business, the economy… it all went through the roof.
Once heralded as a “place of inspiration for nobler living,” today’s City of Angels is becoming a city of horrors. The moribund economy is only part of the problem.
As with the country, LA is suffering from an environment that’s unfriendly to business. High taxes and high regulation drive businesses out. Once upon a time, LA had a vibrant mix of business leaders who took an active interest in the health of the city. Not only did their businesses produce jobs, they also donated to a variety of causes including education, recreation, and neighborhood improvement.
The business leadership in LA today is basically non-existent. Government officials have filled the power vacuum, and they don’t have much concern beyond greasing the wheels that got them there, making sure they get re-elected or reappointed, and seeing to it that they’re paid handsomely for causing so much trouble.
Union bosses provide the bulk of campaign support for elected officials in LA, which means that Big Labor has an undue amount of influence over city politics. This is true in cities that are on the decline all over the nation. Just take a look at the list below. The cities that are worst off have a workforce that is largely under union monopoly control.
The Decay of Los Angeles and Other Cities:
Part of an Ominous National Trend
The result in LA and elsewhere has been stagnated economic growth, infrastructure in disrepair, population decline, major loss of jobs, and a growing number of people dependent on government handouts for basic necessities – from jobs to housing to food to child care.
Here’s the point: The system simply cannot go on forever like this. Eventually, the money will run out and then all those people waiting for their next handout will find out there’s nothing coming. And in city after city, the money is now running out.
At least 18 cities in Pennsylvania, as one example, are at the mercy of state bailout programs just to meet their payrolls, keep schools and fire stations open, and fill potholes.
Here are the top five cities nationwide that you’d be better off NOT living in when the economy collapses or a major natural disaster hits, prompting looting, food shortages, and widespread social chaos.
This is in no way meant to be a complete listing. Other major cities including St. Louis, Cleveland, and Newark are in deep trouble. The list of major urban trouble spots goes on.
If you live in or near such a city, it’s time to consider a move. If you own a home, trading away years of your life in exchange for a hoped-for recovery in real estate values is probably not a good bargain either. These cities aren’t stable. They don’t have sustainable policies. And, when things start to break down, one way or another, it will be the average citizens who pay.
Five Big-City Havens to Begin Considering
If you are looking to greener pastures inside the United States, I recommend you consider a small, mostly rural community. Chances are you’ll find many advantages. Crime is typically low. You’re closer to food producers, so there’s less worry about food supply disruptions. People tend to be more neighborly – they’re more ready and willing to help out someone in need. You can also get more house and private education for the money.
But, I also realize that moving to a small town might not be in the cards for you. You may be tied to a job or industry that requires big city living. If that’s the case, then I suggest you consider one of the following cities:
When it comes right down to the quality of your life, cities that are friendly to business and that value a small government footprint tend to be the nicest places to live. In past decades, these factors have been important, but now they are critical. In an economic meltdown accompanied by social chaos, one of the biggest factors determining how well you come through is simply where you live.
I realize that relocation is a major step. If not that, then consider a rural country or mountain home you can access for weeks or months at a time if necessary – and stock it with survivables to last at least 90 days.