The 10 Most Miserable Cities in America

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    Yes it rains a lot in Washington, and we always tell people not to move here, they will never like it.  But in reality we know that’s not true.  Washington state is one of the most beautiful places in the country.  Today MSN released it’s list of the “not so great” places to live, with their list highlighting the 10 most miserable cities in America. Whether it is a poor real estate markets, bad economy, bad politics, or extreme weather conditions, the most miserable cities in America varied for a variety of reasons.  

    10. New York

    Along with some of the highest taxes in the country, New Yorkers also suffer the worst commutes.  This puts them at number ten on the list.

    9. Lake County, Ill

    This county is one of the wealthiest counties in the entire United States with a median family income of $76,424.  But, they are now struggling to bounce back from the real estate crash, and house prices have dropped 30% in the last 5 years.

    8. Stockton, Calif

    Besides the Bankruptcy filing in 2012 that created a massive exodus of police officers, firefighters and citizens from their city, Stockton is also in the top five for crime and unemployment.

    7. Warren, Mich

    Although Detroit is in a Financial state of emergency, there are actually places in Michigan that are just as bad off. A suburb of Detroit, Warren, Mich has seen its housing market crumble as well, to the tune of 53% in the last 5 years. To boot, the median home price in 2012 was a mere $59,600, granted the cost of living is 18.6% lower than the U.S. average.  And, while Michigan as a whole still has one of the highest unemployment rates in the U.S. at 8.9%, Warren sits at 10.9%.

    6. Vallejo, Calif

    After filing for bankruptcy in 2008, their economy has been slow to recover.  With a high number of foreclosures and an unemployment rate at 11.5% Vallejo residents find themselves right outside the top 5 most miserable cities in America.

    5. Modesto, Calif

    Like many of the cities on the countdown, Modesto has also been bombarded by foreclosures.  A total of 6,859 were recorded in 2012, and that number only looks to go down slightly in 2013.  Not only is the housing market still in shambles, the unemployment rate in Modesto is nearly double the national average at 15% by the end of 2012.

    4. Chicago, Ill

    Chicago is a great city with great citizens, but there is still a lot to loathe about the windy city.  Home prices have dropped nearly 33% since 2008.  Along with that, blustery winters, long commutes, and the second most homicides in 2012.

    3. Rockford, Ill

    Most notorious for its high crime rates, and high unemployment 11.2%.  Rockford also has some of the highest property taxes in the country. In 2010 they had the fifth highest tax rate in the country at 2.4%.

    2. Flint, Mich

    Speaking of exodus, Flint Michigan has seen its fair share of people leaving in search of prosperity.  Along with high levels of unemployment, foreclosures, and house demos, Flint also ranks high on violent crimes. 

    1. Detroit, Mich

    Detroit recently topped news headlines when an independent auditor found the city was in a “financial state of emergency, with no clear way out”.  Couple that with the highest violent crime rating, the largest drop in home prices in the last 3 years, and manufacturing jobs slow to recover, the once great Motown is America’s most miserable city.