The Northamptonshire town of Corby has been named the "yob" capital of England in a spending watchdog report.
One in two people in Corby believe anti-social behaviour is a problem
The National Audit Office used official figures to assess residents' perceptions of anti-social behaviour.
Analysis of the data suggested 48.8% of adults in Corby believed bad behaviour was a problem.
The study also suggests 17% of the population across England thought there were high levels of anti-social behaviour in general.
As part of its report The Home Office: Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour, the National Audit Office (NAO) said the percentage of people who believed anti-social behaviour was a problem had risen from 16% two years ago.
The worst 10 towns and cities
Ashfield (Notts) 41.2
Knowsley (Merseyside) 39.2
Easington (Durham) 38.9
Percentage of adults who think anti-social behaviour is a problem
The survey of all English local authorities suggested almost one in two people believed so-called "yobbish" behaviour was a big or fairly big problem in Corby.
Corby Borough Council said it was responding positively to the report.
Council leader Pat Fawcett said: "It would be easy to say 'yes it's unfair' and pretend we're the victim, but we've take on board any criticism and want to move forward.
"It gives us a point where we can see what we did then - three years ago - and compare it with what's happening in Corby now.
"So we're really looking at this report to see the differences. It's a benchmark for the borough."
Inspector Gary Williams, the area commander, said some people were less tolerant of youngsters than they used to be - children playing football in the street were now perceived by some people as anti-social.
Bristol was named as the place with the fewest perceived anti-social problems with only 5.7% of residents describing it as a big or fairly big issue.
In second-best place was Staffordshire Moorlands, the area around Leek.
Mansfield in Nottinghamshire was second worst with 44.4%, then Hackney in east London and Nottingham, both with 42.7%.
The best 10
Staffordshire Moorlands 6.0
Basingstoke and Deane 7.4
City of London 10.2
Richmond upon Thames 10.6
Luton - the Bedfordshire town voted the worst in Britain in an online poll two years ago - came fourth with 42%.
The report also suggested about 55% of anti-social behaviour orders had been breached.
The Asbos were either breached by offenders committing more offences or by breaking the terms of the order.
The NAO said 35% of Asbo holders breached the order on five or more occasions, but the average number was four per person.
The government said the findings did not mean Asbos were failing.