America's Most Miserable Cities
Detroit grabs the distinction from Forbes
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2013 11:30 AM CST
A swimmer walks in the Detroit River at Belle Isle in Detroit, with the city skyline behind him in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

(Newser) – Sorry, Detroit. Forbes is out with its annual list of the most miserable cities in America, which takes into account not only obvious factors such as unemployment and crime, but also things like taxes, foreclosures, home prices, and commute times. Some highlights:

  • The worst five: Detroit leads the way, followed by Flint, Michigan; Rockford, Illinois; Chicago; and Modesto, California. (Cities in Michigan, Illinois, and California made up nine of the top 10.)

  • New York City: Yep, it cracks the list at No. 10, thanks in part to brutal commutes and high taxes. Like Chicago, it offers plenty of opportunity, "but it isn’t easy living in either city, particularly if you don’t earn a lot of money," writes Kurt Badenhausen.
  • Miami: Last year's winner showed marked improvement, falling outside the top 20 this time around. While crime is still high, housing prices were up 11% last year. This year's rankings also took into effect net migration, and Miami is No. 20 among big cities on that score.
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Jun 25, 2015 6:00 PM CDT
Everywhere is nice if you're rich. if you're poor, the more sparsely populated area you can move into, the less miserable you'll probably be.
Feb 24, 2013 8:27 AM CST
How did they miss Las Vegas on this list? Crime, unemployment, poverty, horrible weather, and foreclosures on every block.
Feb 23, 2013 9:18 AM CST
All are run by Democrats. This fact is funny, democrats ruin everything they Tax, eventually!