It's never good to end up on a list like this. However, these rankings are always mildly subjective. Sure they look at poverty and crime rates, but most of the time to truly know if a place is the worst you need to live there.

Not a lot of people live at this location though. The town we are looking at today only has a population of about 200 people.

What Is A Rural Town?

The definition is exactly what you think,

In general, a rural area or a countryside is a geographic area that is located outside towns and cities. Typical rural areas have a low population density and small settlements. Agricultural areas and areas with forestry typically are described as rural.

This Iowa town fits that description perfectly.

rural road

The Worst Rural Town

According to the source "World According to Briggs" The town of Volga, Iowa is the worst in the state.

For this ranking, he reported the high crime rate, which is higher than the national average, and the fact that almost ten percent of residents in Volga live below the poverty line.

Home prices are also not looking good in the area with some houses hitting the market at only $50,000.

About Volga

Volga, formerly known as Volga City is a city in Clayton County, Iowa, United. As of writing this, it has a population of about 203. Sadly the population has been on the decline for years now. Its population was 247 in 2000.

Fun fact, It was named after the Volga River, which in turn was named after the Volga River in Russia.

Close-up view of River

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