Thursday, January 31, 2008

Forbes' Inaugural List: Top 10 Most Miserable Cities

Forbes Magazine introduces the Forbes Misery Measure, based on a city's unemployment rate, personal tax rate, commute time, weather, crime, and toxic waste proximity. The top ten "most miserable" cities, according to Forbes:

1. Detroit, MI
2. Stockton, CA
3. Flint, MI
4. New York City
5. Philadelphia, PA
6. Chicago, IL
7. Los Angeles, CA
8. Modesto, CA
9. Charlotte, NC
10. Providence, RI

15 Comments:

At 1/31/2008 2:06 PM, Anonymous Machiavelli999 said...

Hmm, seems like a bad list to me. NYC and Chicago being on top 10 of most miserable cities??? And my town, Cleveland, not even being on the list?

 
At 1/31/2008 10:33 PM, Blogger holeydonut said...

I'm surprised Gary, Indiana didn't make the list.

 
At 1/31/2008 10:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait, NYC, Chicago, and LA make the list, but St. Louis, Buffalo NY, and Philadelphia don't? Seems bogus to me.

 
At 2/01/2008 8:27 AM, Anonymous Perhaps said...

The only thing bad in Charlotte is Tax rate-highest in the state
Commute-The highways/roads are all under construction
Crime-could be much better

 
At 2/01/2008 11:52 AM, Anonymous sarlevin@umflint.edu said...

How heartwarming to see 2 major automotive cities from right here in Michigan in the top 3! But then we allegedly aren't experiencing economic difficulties so the list must be a sham...

 
At 2/01/2008 1:02 PM, Blogger Darryl said...

In Flint, we rank number three. It's not #1, but I guess we'll take it. Everybody has to be good at something, I guess.

PS - holeydonut, I agree with you about Gary, IN.

 
At 2/02/2008 12:40 AM, Blogger holeydonut said...

Yeah, check out this article... you don't read stuff like this in the Detroit Free Press.


http://www.post-trib.com/766431,gdeadfolo.article


...
GARY -- Kwana Shaw is in critical condition from a single gunshot wound that destroyed her lung.

Her 13-month-old son is dead, shot twice -- in the face and groin -- by a carjacker who left the woman's car a few blocks from the abduction, Lt. Del Stout said Tuesday.
...

 
At 2/04/2008 12:01 AM, Blogger Linda said...

Memphis is not on this list?

Holy crap! There are places worse than Memphis???

 
At 2/11/2008 7:16 PM, Anonymous Been to all of them said...

The problem with all big cities is that on a daily basis too many people try to get in....Perhaps if everybody stayed and worked in their pretty little suburbs and left us city rats alone, everything would be better for both of us....NDW

 
At 2/11/2008 8:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TULSA OKLAHOMA! That place sucks, always under construction and the interstate runs smack in the middle of the city. When I think of Tulsa, I think of orange cones.

 
At 2/13/2008 11:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how in gods name is Buffalo,NY not on this list.

 
At 2/14/2008 1:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Buffalo, NY should be on the list.
I question the studies method. Just a puff piece to draw readers.

 
At 2/23/2008 12:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think they forgot about what lies between Philly and NYC -- New Jersey. With cities like Camden and Newark, seems like NJ surely would have made the list.

 
At 2/10/2009 10:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

CHICAGO IS NOT SUCH A MISERABLE CITY I LOVE THAT CITY THAT IS MY HOMETOWN....NOW WHEN U TALK ABOUT HORRIBLE THINK ABOUT JACKSON, MS

 
At 2/15/2009 5:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, this is bunch of crap. they've put cities like NYC, Chicago and LA in the list and they mention that they are hard to live in, but if you're in one of these cities, you have to be a complete idiot not to make money out of something, i.e. you can always find a job to at least cover your basic expenses.
And that's certainly not true about Buffalo, NY. Nobody gives a damn about your masters degree in business, for example,; they'll offer you a $25,000- 30,000 max job (if you're incredibly lucky and you've been searching for a year). Cleveland, OH, I hear is not much different either. I agree about Flint and Detroit.

 

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