America's Most Miserable Cities

Detroit grabs the distinction from Forbes

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 22, 2013 11:30 AM CST

(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.
Click for the full list.

A swimmer walks in the Detroit River at Belle Isle in Detroit, with the city skyline behind him in this file photo.
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)
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