Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so some cities that one person may consider attractive, another may think is pretty ugly.

What are Some Reasons a City Could Be Called 'Ugly'?

From the infrastructure to architecture, if a city has a lot of mismatched or poorly designed buildings, it might be considered ugly.

Bad roads and bridges, graffiti, litter, and neglected public spaces are key reasons a town will be unattractive to visitors and tourists.

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While crucial for the economy, too much industrialization in a community with factories and warehouses spread across the landscape could make it visually less appealing.

3 of the 8 Ugliest American Cities are in the Midwest

According to the Impulse Traveler survey which listed the ugliest American cities in the U.S., nearly half of the list are midwestern cities.


Cleveland has made efforts to bring life back to its waterfront and downtown area, some Reddit users feel it still "has a long way to go before it can be considered a beautiful city."


Motor City hasn't had the best reputation over the past couple of decades, but now the renaissance is in full swing. But, perception is still the reality.

The city's history of industrial decline, poverty, and crime has left it scarred, though the city has been making efforts to revitalize its downtown area and attract new investment.

Baltimore, Maryland, Buffalo, New York, and Newark, New Jersey also made the ugliest 8 cities in America. The ugliest city out west was San Francisco, and Vali, Arizona is one ugly desert.

But, there's still one more town from the Midwest ranked on this 'ugly' list.

It's Not in Illinois, But This City is Pretty Close

According to The Impulse Traveler, one of America's ugliest cities is Gary, Indiana.

One traveler said that while visiting Gary, he walked through town and described it as "the most tense and depressing walk I'd ever taken."

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LOOK: Explore the iconic buildings from every state

From colonial homesteads to mansions by the ocean, iconic buildings define every state in the country. Stacker compiled this list of notable examples from historic and government reports and news articles. 

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LOOK: See how much gasoline cost the year you started driving

To find out more about how has the price of gas changed throughout the years, Stacker ran the numbers on the cost of a gallon of gasoline for each of the last 84 years. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (released in April 2020), we analyzed the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline from 1976 to 2020 along with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for unleaded regular gasoline from 1937 to 1976, including the absolute and inflation-adjusted prices for each year.

Read on to explore the cost of gas over time and rediscover just how much a gallon was when you first started driving.

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