Atlanta Listed Among Top 10 Worst 'Rat Cities' in the World

Find out where the city ranked.

Where does Atlanta rank on a list of the world's rat-filled cities? File|Patch
Where does Atlanta rank on a list of the world's rat-filled cities? File|Patch

Would you classify Atlanta as a rodent-infested city? 

That's what Animal Planet has indicated in a new list of the Top 10 Worst Rat Cities in the World. The city was ranked No. 6 in the list, which includes five other U.S. cities, with New York City being listed at No. 1.

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Here's what Animal Planet had to say about Atlanta's rat problem: 

"Foreclosures triggered by the recession have made Atlanta a hotspot for rat populations. Urban poverty, along with the high foreclosure rate, mean many Atlantan homes stand abandoned, and rats are always ready to move in when no one is around to shoo them out. Even small cracks can serve as entry points, and rats will feast on anything from old boxes to overgrown hedges.

The problem has even spilled over into at least one airline serving the city's international airport. Although few follow-up details were made available by Delta Air Lines, a Delta plane was reportedly found littered with rodent pellets and urine by inspectors from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration."

The full list can be found below:

  1. New York City, NY
  2. Boston, Massachusetts
  3. Baltimore, Maryland
  4. Chicago, Illinois
  5. New Orleans, Louisiana 
  6. Atlanta, Georgia
  7. London, England
  8. Paris, France
  9. Rat Island, The Aleutians
  10. Deshnoke, India


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