At first it seemed like an aberration that St. Louis and the Show-Me State consistently came in last (or first in a bad way) in every national poll, study, and ranking under the sun.
First we topped that dubious "most dangerous city in America
" poll. Then we found out we're just the 24th most intelligent city
(tied with Chicago!). Hell, pollsters even tell animals they shouldn't live here: the Humane Society called Missouri one of "the five worst states for exotic pets.
Well, three new studies are out and none of them are flattering for our neck of the woods. Unless you consider being one of the cheapest places for old people to retire to as a compliment.
Here are the latest slaps in the face:
- The Associated Press picked up a study from a group called the Every Child Matters Educational Fund that found Missouri has "the fifth highest rate of kids dying from abuse and neglect." The study, detailed in today's Post-Dispatch, found that "fifty children in Missouri died in 2007 as a result of abuse or neglect, which is a rate of 3.5 per 100,000 children. Kentucky had the highest rate at 4.09 per 100,000 children."
- A group called the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy named Missouri as one of the ten least energy efficient states in the country. While California, Massachusetts, and Connecticut were the three best, Missouri was gently chided as having the "most room for improvement."
- On the other hand, Forbes magazine recently ranked St. Louis as the fifth best "recession proof" retirement city. We were lauded for being "third for cost of living, fourth for median monthly housing cost and sixth for median home price." Atlanta was the best.
Can someone please commission a study that ranks St. Louis and Missouri as number one in most likely to be ranked as an unappealing place to live? Or are we too black
for that too?