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Joe Holleman is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Multiple shootings St. Louis police occupied

St. Louis police search of shell casings on Friday, May 11, 2018, in the 1400 block of N. 9th in downtown St. Louis after shots were fired on a busy night of gunfire for the department. There were no victims at this shooting. Photo by Christian Gooden, cgooden@post-dispatch.com

There, they said it:

Personal finance website WalletHub looked at the largest cities in the U.S. — and St. Louis pretty much blew the test.

Out of the 62 largest cities in the nation, our fair burg came in at No. 58. on the list of "Best Big Cities To Live In."

We finished second to last (No. 61) in education/health, which focused on the quality of public education and the public hospital system. Only Detroit finished lower.

The growing concern that our city isn't safe anymore is underscored again by our place at No. 60 in that category. The focus was on violent crimes, property crimes and traffic fatalities. Only Memphis and Albuquerque were deemed to be worse.

Our economy did us no favors either, as we clocked in at No. 53. The score in that category was based in good part on unemployment and underemployment rates, debt-earnings ratio, income growth, job opportunities, and foreclosure and bankruptcy rates.

We managed to shoulder our way to the middle of the pack, No. 32, in the area of affordability. Cost of living, home ownership, home affordability and median income were major players in this category.

Our only top-half finish, No. 21, came in quality of life: We stacked up strong when it came to restaurants, bars, dance clubs, museums, coffee/tea shops, theaters and fitness centers.

Here is how our major-city neighbors fared: Chicago (26), Nashville (29), Louisville (35), Kansas City (40), Indianapolis (57) and Memphis (61).

The best five cities: Seattle, Virginia Beach, Austin, San Francisco and San Diego.

The worst: still Detroit.

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