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America's Most Miserable Cities, 2012
Yahoo!/Forbes.com ^ | Feb. 2, 2012 | Kurt Badenhausen

Posted on 02/03/2012 8:53:10 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

Miami is a playground for the rich and famous. Celebrities flock to parties at South Beach clubs and then return to their $10 million mansions in Miami Beach and Key Biscayne.

It’s a leading city in culture, finance and international trade. But away from the glitz and glamor, many ordinary Miamians are struggling.

A crippling housing crisis has cost multitudes of residents their homes and jobs. The metro area has one of the highest violent crime rates in the country and workers face lengthy daily commutes.

Add it all up and Miami takes the top spot in our ranking of America’s Most Miserable Cities.

The most famous way to gauge misery is the Misery Index developed by economist Arthur Okun in the 1960s, which combines unemployment and inflation.

Our take on misery is based on the things that people complain about on a regular basis.

We looked at 10 factors for the 200 largest metro areas and divisions in the U.S. Some are serious, like violent crime, unemployment rates, foreclosures, taxes (income and property), home prices and political corruption.

Other factors we included are less weighty, like commute times, weather and how the area’s pro sports teams did.

While sports, commuting and weather can be considered trivial by many, they can be the determining factor in the level of misery for a significant number of people.

One tweak to this year’s list: we swapped out sales tax rates for property tax rates.

Miami would have finished No. 1 under the old methodology as well.

(Excerpt) Read more at realestate.yahoo.com ...


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1 posted on 02/03/2012 8:53:14 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I would have figured Worcester is in the top 10, St. Louis in the top 5.


2 posted on 02/03/2012 9:08:38 PM PST by the invisib1e hand (religion + guns = liberty.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Let me guess, most of these cities are run by DemocRATs.


3 posted on 02/03/2012 9:16:20 PM PST by rllngrk33 (Things will continue getting worse until January 21, 2013.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Here’s a look at America’s 10 most miserable cities:

1. Miami, FL
2. Detroit, MI
3. Flint, MI
4. West Palm Beach, FL
5. Sacramento, CA
6. Chicago, IL
7. Fort Lauderdale, FL
8. Toledo, OH
9. Rockford, IL
10. Warren, MI


4 posted on 02/03/2012 9:22:12 PM PST by rawhide
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To: rawhide

Plenty of ILLinois cities up there.

Why didn’t our community organizer help out his own??


5 posted on 02/03/2012 9:25:35 PM PST by Downinthedixie (ABO)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Lots of misery in the USA, many cities could be on that list. The large minority populations and Democrats are something they all have in common.


6 posted on 02/03/2012 9:25:55 PM PST by dog breath
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To: dog breath

The majority of U.S. city Republicans are RINOS, instead of being conservatives, too.


7 posted on 02/03/2012 9:37:44 PM PST by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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8 posted on 02/03/2012 9:57:41 PM PST by onyx (SUPPORT FREE REPUBLIC, DONATE MONTHLY. If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, let me know.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

There are happy people in Worcester...dunno why but it’s funny. Must be the free Prozac they dole out in MA.
I feel the misery in Palm Beach county whenever I go there - it’s like a third world country there.


9 posted on 02/03/2012 10:07:44 PM PST by GreatRoad (O < 0)
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To: rawhide

Obviously they didn’t take Cleveland into consideration. The most economically depressed city in the country.


10 posted on 02/03/2012 10:15:33 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore
The majority of U.S. city Republicans are RINOS, instead of being conservatives, too.

But they think they are conservatives because all they have to compare their thinking to is the babble on the MSM. They don't even know they are on the left side of the road.

11 posted on 02/03/2012 10:27:46 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: rawhide
Really? Miami, Ok.

Ft. Lauderdale? hardly

West Palm Beach? WTH?? Rather be here than in Lost Angeles! Oh well.

12 posted on 02/04/2012 3:04:53 AM PST by corkoman (Release the Palin!)
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To: rawhide

Gary, Indiana must not be on this list because it’s in a category all by itself.


13 posted on 02/04/2012 5:50:56 AM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "p" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: GreatRoad

I misunderstood the premise: I thought it about miserable cities, not miserable people. Worcester used to be a cool place. Now I wouldn’t be surprised if they put Prozac in the water.


14 posted on 02/04/2012 8:20:02 AM PST by the invisib1e hand (religion + guns = liberty)
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To: grellis

Michigan has three of the top ten, yeah for us.

Yes, Warren is a depressing city to live in, but it beats Detroit and Flint!!!


15 posted on 02/04/2012 9:19:19 AM PST by Springman (Rest In Peace YaYa123 and Bahbah.)
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17 posted on 02/04/2012 4:22:23 PM PST by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: grellis

No New Orleans?


18 posted on 02/04/2012 4:33:11 PM PST by AGreatPer (Obama has NEVER given a speech where he did not lie!!!)
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To: rawhide

I live in the state of three of them and work in one of them out of state. Many of us are barely hanging on. (I don’t think there is a Republican mayor amongst them)


19 posted on 02/04/2012 6:58:34 PM PST by madison10
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I’d rather live in Miami than the Detroit metro area any day


20 posted on 02/05/2012 3:20:32 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
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To: Springman
Warren is a depressing city to live in

I don't know, being able to play some softball with a bunch of old guys at Halmich park on a Super Bowl sunday (today) kinda takes the edge off the misery......

21 posted on 02/05/2012 3:25:41 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (The only solution to this primary is a shoot out! Last person standing picks the candidate)
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To: Phantom Phixer
As is East St. Louis, IL

With a population of 31,452 it's probably not big enough to qualify.

22 posted on 02/05/2012 5:04:31 AM PST by Graybeard58 (Eccl 10 v. 19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.)
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