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31 January 2008

Forbes: America's Most Miserable Cities

Imagine living in a city with the country's highest rate for violent crime and the second-highest unemployment rate. As an added kicker you need more Superfund dollars allocated to your city to clean up contaminated toxic waste sites than just about any other metro.

Unfortunately, this nightmare is a reality for the residents of Detroit. The Motor City grabs the top spot on Forbes' inaugural list of America's Most Miserable Cities.

Forbes.com - Worst Places: America's Most Miserable Cities

And the complete top ten:

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

You know, I live very happily in New York City, and have enjoyed the time I've spent in Chicago, including a year living in the northern 'burbs.

And any methodology that objectively ranks Los Angeles as *less miserable* than NYC is inherently suspect in my book.

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