Chicago Is Officially America’s Most Rat-Infested City

Well that's gross.

Bryan Brunatiby Bryan Brunati
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Hey, when it comes to rats, New York is finally in the clear.

For the third-straight year, Chicago is number one when it comes to “Rattiest City,” according to a list released by pest-control company Orkin. The company recently released the Top 50 Rattiest Cities and once again the “Windy City” wins. Well, I don’t know if they should be proud of this accomplishment.

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The list was simply complied by taking the amount of rodent treatments Orkin completed in the year that ended Sept. 15. So while I always see a giant rat running across me when I go to Bryant Park in the city, good old New York is in second place when it comes to rats. Thanks, Chi-Town.

Here’s the rest of the list. See if your city is on the list.

  1. Chicago
  2. New York
  3. Los Angeles 
  4. San Francisco – Oakland
  5. Washington, D.C. 
  6. Philadelphia 
  7. Detroit
  8. Baltimore
  9. Seattle – Tacoma
  10. Dallas – Ft. Worth
  11. Denver
  12. Minneapolis – St. Paul
  13. Cleveland – Akron
  14. Atlanta
  15. Boston
  16. Hartford – New Haven
  17. Portland, Oregon
  18. Miami – Ft. Lauderdale
  19. Indianapolis
  20. Houston
  21. Milwaukee
  22. Pittsburgh
  23. New Orleans
  24. Cincinnati
  25. Richmond – Petersburg
  26. Sacramento – Stockton
  27. Kansas City
  28. Charlotte
  29. Norfolk – Portsmouth – Newport News 
  30. Buffalo
  31. Columbus, Ohio
  32. St. Louis
  33. Raleigh – Durham 
  34. Grand Rapids – Kalamazoo 
  35. San Diego
  36. Albany – Schenectady
  37. San Antonio
  38. Tampa – St. Petersburg
  39. Rochester, New York
  40. Nashville
  41. Champaign – Springfield – Decatur
  42. Greenville – Spartanburg 
  43. Memphis
  44. Phoenix 
  45. Syracuse
  46. West Palm Beach
  47. Orlando – Daytona Beach
  48. Madison
  49. Flint – Saginaw 
  50. Green Bay – Appleton 

h/t Huffington Post

And don’t forgot about those roaches: Here’s Where You Can Expect To Find The Most Cockroaches And Rats In America