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20 Cities You Don't Want to Live In...Yet

Flint, the birthplace of General Motors, has suffered high unemployment (the current rate is nearly 12 percent), economic devastation and one of the highest crime rates in the U.S. as a result of the auto industry moving a lot of production out of the city in the past few decades. What makes Flint attractive to business is that it has a highly skilled, hard-working labor force and real estate prices are still falling, which means they can buy office and factory space on the cheap. “This city is

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Flint, MI

The Bad: Flint, the birthplace of General Motors, has suffered high unemployment (the current rate is nearly 12 percent), economic devastation and one of the highest crime rates in the U.S. as a result of the auto industry moving a lot of production out of the city in the past few decades.


The Good: What makes Flint attractive to business is that it has a highly skilled, hard-working labor force and real estate prices are still falling, which means they can buy office and factory space on the cheap.


The Recovery: “This city is ‘right-sizing’ itself to find its way in today’s new economic world,” Sperling said. “There are amazing real-estate bargains available to those willing to take a risk.” In fact, GM is making engines for its electric Volt vehicles at a plant in Flint.

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