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The Top 5 Cities for Disaffected Youth

California's "Inland Empire"
California's "Inland Empire"Photograph by Jeff Badger/Alamy

It’s not surprising to find disconnected youth in impoverished metro areas such as Detroit. What is surprising is that the metro area with the highest share of disconnected youth in the U.S. is barely a metro area at all—it’s the “Inland Empire,” a vast area of urban sprawl with no central city that lies east of Los Angeles and Orange County.

So reports Measure of America today in the second national study of disconnected youth—namely, young people aged 16 to 24 who aren’t in school and also can’t find jobs; they may have stopped job-hunting entirely.