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Congrats, NYC: You're Not the 'Rattiest' City in America

Chicago takes that honor in rankings by Orkin pest control company; the Big Apple comes in 2nd
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 25, 2022 12:40 PM CDT
Congrats, NYC: You're Not the 'Rattiest' City in America
The Windy City is the city of choice for American rodents.   (Getty Images/GeorgeDolgikh)

Think "rats in the city," and many people are likely to envision the rodents who creep around in the Big Apple's alleyways and subway system. It's not New York City, though, but Chicago atop Orkin's list of the "rattiest" cities in America. USA Today notes it's the eighth straight year that the Windy City took the top spot in the pest control company's rankings, which looked at the 50 most rat- and mice-infested metropolises, calculating the "rattiness" factor by analyzing how many new residential and commercial rodent treatments were ordered in a city between September 2021 through the end of August. Check out the other cities in the top 10:

  1. Chicago
  2. New York
  3. Los Angeles
  4. Washington, DC
  5. San Francisco
  6. Philadelphia
  7. Baltimore
  8. Cleveland
  9. Detroit
  10. Denver
See more of Orkin's list here. (This is the most stressed city in America, though probably not from rats.)

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