What causes a small town to die?

Honestly, there can be quite a few factors, but perhaps the biggest one is that small towns often lack the upward mobility opportunities that are more available in urban areas.

As a result, many towns around the United States for instance have lost tens of millions of people as their populations seek jobs and opportunities elsewhere.

And what remains of these places can be pretty sketchy.

People told us more after Redditor RadicalizedSnackWrap asked the online community,

"What's a super sketchy US city that we never hear about?"

"Imagine..."

"Daytona Beach, FL. Imagine a bunch of alcoholic high school kids who came for spring break in 1984, and never left, and never grew up."

angmakesit

Oh, I don't have to imagine it.

I've seen it!

"I lived..."

"Yakima, Washington.

I lived in a neighboring town for a while and bodies would always turn up in farmer's fields that the cartel in Yakima had dropped off there."

PhreshlyBaked

Sounds like Netflix needs to get its hands on Yakima, a new show to go against Ozark.

"I remember a story..."

"Guntersville, Alabama. If I were to ballpark it, over 80% of the population are meth addicts and traffickers.

I remember a story where a man walked into the Walmart, took all the supplies and equipment required to cook, and proceeded to cook meth in the bathroom."

MightBArtistic

​"A run-down town..."

"Reading, PA. A run-down town that is mostly used as a central point to run drugs between New York and Philly."

dielonecabino

I am writing this from right nearby actually, and I can smell it from here.

"Small town almost entirely..."

"Butte, Montana. Small town almost entirely comprised of violent meth heads."

JackSwader

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"More of a town than a city..."

"Coolidge, Arizona.

More of a town than a city, but it's such a weird place, bordering on Twilight Zone. You'll see a meth house right next to a youth theatre."

GreedyJewGoblin

According to a friend I have who spent a lot of time in Arizona, this sounds about right.

"Used to have..."

"Gary, Indiana. Used to have a prosperous steel economy, but now it's just home to abandoned buildings, failing infrastructure, and lots and lots of crime. Just look up pictures."

BreakfastBagels

"I always said..."

"Amityville. Yes, that Amityville.

I always said the "Amityville Horror" house is for amateurs. You want something scary, put on a nice watch or a gold chain and wander around downtown Amityville after dark."

GooseNYC

I went there once.

Once.

I have not been back.

"It looks harmless..."

"Harrisburg PA. It looks harmless and maybe a little boring but holy hell that place is a giant puddle of corruption just waiting for someone to step in it. Not just state government, there's a bunch of layers you can use to crawl up the corruption ladder."

TraditionalNewt172

"Used to be..."

"Natchez, Mississippi. Use to be the headquarters for the KKK. Not much there besides crackheads, plantation homes, and European tourists. Don't own a nice place if you're black, you'll be stopped by the police and questioned."

Crolane97

Depressed yet?

It doesn't look any of these are changing anytime soon, and that's sad.

Have some small towns to tell us about? Feel free to tell us more in the comments below!

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