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10 Worst Places to Live
Wallet Pop ^ | August 5, 2010 | Aaron Crowe

Posted on 08/09/2010 10:41:04 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia

You don't need the U.S. Misery Index to tell you that things are bad in the U.S. Unemployment is near or at all-time highs in many parts of the country, foreclosures continue to happen at unprecedented rates and there are some very real indicators that we are heading toward a double-dip recession.

Some of us should count our lucky stars, however. In certain U.S. cities, life is much worse for residents than in other areas of the country. Using a variety of criteria, including unemployment rates, health data, the number of foreclosures, crime statistics, climate and other measures of misery, WalletPop came up with its unofficial list of the 10 worst cities to live in. This list is far from comprehensive, but there are some significant reasons why these cities made the cut. Read on.

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The list:

1. El Centro, CA
2. Cleveland, OH
3. Detroit, MI
4. Las Vegas, NV
5. Oklahoma City, OK
6. Los Angeles, CA
7. Phoenix, AZ
8. Newark, NJ
9. Miami, FL
10. Memphis, TN
1 posted on 08/09/2010 10:41:07 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

What about Frostbite Falls, MN?


2 posted on 08/09/2010 10:43:08 AM PDT by RexBeach ("Duty is ours; consequences are God's." Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia; GailA

We’re number 10! We’re number 10!


3 posted on 08/09/2010 10:43:11 AM PDT by Ingtar (If he could have taxed it, Obama's hole would have been plugged by now.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Yeah,

I have been to those ten places, this is fairly accurate. You could also throw-in any city in Upstate New York.

4 posted on 08/09/2010 10:43:50 AM PDT by outpostinmass2
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To: RexBeach

Moose and squirrel make it most hospitable place to live, comrade.


5 posted on 08/09/2010 10:44:56 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: RexBeach
What about Frostbite Falls, MN?

Frostbite Falls, MN....Home of Wossamotta U.!

Rah, Rah, Ree!
Kick 'em in the knee!
Rah, Rah, Rass!
Kick 'em in the other knee.

6 posted on 08/09/2010 10:45:57 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys: Cant' skipper a boat, Can't drive, Can't ski, Can't fly. But they KNOW what's best.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

El Centro has at least one important redeeming quality. It is home to my favorite food on the planet: Quesadilla Especial at La Hacienda (formerly in Imperial, CA.)


7 posted on 08/09/2010 10:46:19 AM PDT by fullchroma
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

0. The other side of Michelle Obama’s bed.


8 posted on 08/09/2010 10:46:19 AM PDT by twister881
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I heard all the gulf states are just terrible. The RSPCA is having a pet auction here in California due to so many families having to turn pets in at a shelter in the gulf area because of no money to take care of them.


9 posted on 08/09/2010 10:49:04 AM PDT by edcoil (Truth's commotion is directly proportional to how deeply the lie was believed.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Ten best small cities to live:

No. 1: Eden Prairie, Minn.
No. 2: Columbia / Ellicott City, Md.
No. 3: Newton, Mass.
No. 4: Bellevue, Wash.
No. 5: McKinney, Texas
No. 6: Fort Collins, Colo.
No. 7: Overland Park, Kansas
No. 8: Fishers, Ind.
No. 9: Ames, Iowa
No. 10: Rogers, Ark.

http://www.walletpop.com/mortgages/best-places-to-live-2010


10 posted on 08/09/2010 10:49:24 AM PDT by CedarDave (Obama's NINJA voters: No income, no job, no assets.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

This smells like more Lib agiprop to me... WHERE IS BALTIMORE, PHILLY, GARY IN and EAST ST. LOUIS??? all these armpits are far worse than Phoenix or Miami


11 posted on 08/09/2010 10:49:33 AM PDT by Nat Turner (I can see NOVEMBER from my house....)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Oklahoma City made the list because of our obesity index. Granted, we have more fat people than we should. But I have yet to hear that it is contagious or that people are forced into obesity because of organized crime. So, give me a break, other people’s being fat is no reason to black ball a city.

We have low unemployment, low cost of living, low foreclosure rate, housing prices have not declined to much extent. People are friendly and our crime rate is low. But too many fat people is worse than Chicago’s double digit weekly murder rate.


12 posted on 08/09/2010 10:49:48 AM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (If I weren't afraid of the feds, I would refer to Obama as our "undocumented POTUS")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Oklahoma City is the unhealthiest city in the country, as measured by the American College of Sports Medicine's annual fitness index. The index looks at 30 fitness indicators, including obesity and exercise rates, death rate from cardiovascular disease, acres of park land, number of primary care physicians per capita and percentage of residents who bicycle or walk to work.

Big FReepin' deal ... like I care if the neighbors work out. I'd rather they cooked great Mexican food ... with lard. And get those bicycles out of the way of my van already.

13 posted on 08/09/2010 10:50:09 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Have you seen Bill's iPod? How about his algebra test book? Shower curtains? The topic?)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

“Well I met her in El Centro
In the men’s room of a bar
We consummated our relationship
In the front seat of our car”

(Beat Farmers, “Big Ugly Wheels”)

Y’know, the fact that Cleveland came out worse than Detroit is going to really annoy the Clevelanders. Being better than Detroit is their big hope after Lebron left.

}:-)4


14 posted on 08/09/2010 10:50:12 AM PDT by Moose4 (November 2, 2010--the day that "YES WE CAN" becomes "OH NO YOU DIN'T")
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To: Ingtar

I drive into number 10 each day from Desoto county to work. Could you imagine this place without FEDEX?


15 posted on 08/09/2010 10:50:57 AM PDT by Sybeck1
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I’ve never been to Oklahoma City, but to place them on this list over ‘fitness’ issues is a complete and utter joke...


16 posted on 08/09/2010 10:51:36 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

So Phoenix Arizona makes it because of the new law that makes it too hard for Latinos to live here??

There is quite a slant in some of these listings.


17 posted on 08/09/2010 10:53:33 AM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: Truth is a Weapon; Tax-chick

I’d sure pick OKC over most of the others on that list to live in. (No offense, I’d rather not live there, I like the Southeast, but OKC seems like a good town from everything I’ve read elsewhere.)

I wonder why it supposedly has such a problem with obesity. Lots of good food? Too hot/cold to exercise?

}:-)4


18 posted on 08/09/2010 10:53:55 AM PDT by Moose4 (November 2, 2010--the day that "YES WE CAN" becomes "OH NO YOU DIN'T")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

No Compton, CA or East St. Louis?


19 posted on 08/09/2010 10:54:38 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Never trust anyone who points their rear end at God while praying.)
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To: Nat Turner

Post #10

. . . . you nailed it ,,,, B/S !!!


20 posted on 08/09/2010 10:55:00 AM PDT by lionheart 247365 (-:{ GLENN BECK is 0bama's TRANSPARENCY CZAR }:-)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Sounds like OKC made it based upon obesity rates which sounds pretty squirrly. Every city in the US has a lot of fat people but that wouldn't be a detriment in my eyes. Maybe just a lot of good cooks. Oh yeah, they also didn't have many dog parks.
21 posted on 08/09/2010 10:55:30 AM PDT by bereanway
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Sounds like they’ve got way faulty reasoning. Several of these places could be considered some of the best places to live for various reasons: Miami, Phoenix, las Vegas, LA.....


22 posted on 08/09/2010 10:57:27 AM PDT by MIlle
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To: Moose4
Lots of good food? Too hot/cold to exercise?

That, and a carry-in-supper culture (buffets, too!) like many places in the South.

We lived near OKC for a little over three years, and then moved to Tulsa. It's an agreeable enough place, aside from the weather, with nice people.

23 posted on 08/09/2010 10:57:34 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Have you seen Bill's iPod? How about his algebra test book? Shower curtains? The topic?)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
El Centro is in the middle of the desert, nearly on the Mexican boarder....

Of course its nasty...

But no where near as bad as El Paso/Juarez area...lol

24 posted on 08/09/2010 10:57:40 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: reagan_fanatic
No Compton, CA or East St. Louis?


25 posted on 08/09/2010 10:57:42 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: CedarDave

McKinney is not small....it’s sprawl


26 posted on 08/09/2010 10:57:46 AM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: Ingtar

I really thought you would be much higher. My husband has a friend who used to live in Memphis. This year, he found out his well paying, fun job was relocating to Memphis, and quit. That bad.


27 posted on 08/09/2010 10:57:55 AM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: CedarDave

The ten best places are, how shall I say this, rather....undiverse.


28 posted on 08/09/2010 10:58:06 AM PDT by Jim Noble (If the answer is "Republican", it must be a stupid question.)
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To: outpostinmass2

I’d be more inclined to throw away any city in Upstate NY simply because there are places in Upstate NY that are not willing to help themselves. I say that because of the recent todo about gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale-Broome County has taken drilling off its agenda and I believe the state has too. As a proponent of “drill here, drill now”(drill everywhere), I think that’s pretty short-sighted when exploration/drilling could be a boon for the Upstate economy. But, no, most of what you see from Upstate is “save the mountain”, “go green’, etc from a bunch of green wienies. Let them reap what they sow.


29 posted on 08/09/2010 10:58:26 AM PDT by izzatzo
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To: twister881

Oh, no. ROTFLMAO.


30 posted on 08/09/2010 10:58:59 AM PDT by tgusa (Investment plan: blued steel, brass, lead, copper)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysmLA5TqbIY

Cleveland Tourism video.


31 posted on 08/09/2010 10:59:31 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: bill1952

I noticed that, too.


32 posted on 08/09/2010 10:59:35 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Forcing one person to pay for the irresponsibility of another is NOT social justice.)
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To: CedarDave
The best place to live? Eden Prairie, Minn?? Are they kidding?

Clearly they have never spent a long winter in Minnesota. lol.....

Ya might as well be on some distant frigid outer planet....

33 posted on 08/09/2010 11:00:29 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: who knows what evil?

How about this—Readers Digest’s Best Places to Live list said that New York City was the healthiest place to live in the United States. It was ranked #1 because . . . it had more hospitals per capita than any other city!


34 posted on 08/09/2010 11:02:46 AM PDT by ZGuy
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To: Moose4; rightwingintelligentsia; rdb3; brownsfan
I have worked in El Centro and spent considerable time in Cleveland. Cleveland would be heaven in comparison to El Centro. The people who made this list have there heads up their asses.
35 posted on 08/09/2010 11:04:27 AM PDT by BenLurkin (Will must be the harder, courage the bolder, spirit must be the more, as our might lessens.)
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To: RexBeach

What about Frostbite Falls, MN?

LOL!!


36 posted on 08/09/2010 11:04:28 AM PDT by cld51860
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To: ZGuy

Shaking head...


37 posted on 08/09/2010 11:04:37 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: RexBeach; dragnet2
What about Frostbite Falls, MN?

I think they were right up there with Eden Prairie, MN as a best place to live. /s

38 posted on 08/09/2010 11:05:17 AM PDT by CedarDave (Obama's NINJA voters: No income, no job, no assets.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

This list is predicated on the fact that nobody was willing to transport the compilers of it into Camden NJ, Buffalo NY, Oakland CA or Washington DC.
Not to mention Centralia PA which is still on fire after almost 50 years...but it’s vacant now.


39 posted on 08/09/2010 11:05:36 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
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To: Truth is a Weapon

Used to live in Shawnee and went to OKC often. Lovely city, lovely people, lovely state! I loved it so much that I now live just a few minutes from the OK state border in Fort Smith.

Okay, I didn’t move here because it’s close to Oklahoma, but it’s a bonus!


40 posted on 08/09/2010 11:05:57 AM PDT by Hoosier Catholic Momma (Arkansas resident of Hoosier upbringing--Yankee with a southern twang)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I’m in Vegas, We are Number 4!


41 posted on 08/09/2010 11:06:17 AM PDT by DaxtonBrown (HARRY: Money Mob & Influence (See my Expose on Reid on amazon.com written by me!))
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Of the worst 10 list, I’ve been to Cleveland, Detroit, Las Vegas, LA and Phoenix.

Among these, only Detroit should be on the list.No way Phoenix should be on the list.

My List of Worst 10:
1. Camden, NJ
2. Gary, IN
3. Detroit, MI
4. Bronx, NY
5. Philadelphia, PA
6. Bridgeport, CT
7. Flint, MI
8. Brooklyn, NY
9. Springfield, MA
10.Hartford, CT


42 posted on 08/09/2010 11:06:24 AM PDT by kidd
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To: Sybeck1

I cannot imagine this place without FedEx.


43 posted on 08/09/2010 11:07:24 AM PDT by Ingtar (If he could have taxed it, Obama's hole would have been plugged by now.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

And how did New Orleans fail to make the list?


44 posted on 08/09/2010 11:08:21 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
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To: kidd

Thank you, I was wondering why Flint wasn’t in there.


45 posted on 08/09/2010 11:08:29 AM PDT by PCBMan (Buh.)
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To: Tax-chick

I fry a lot of stuff in lard...french fries and onion rings just taste so much better that way! And since I weigh 110 soaking wet and my kids are rails, it obviously isn’t disagreeing with us :) Can’t speak for dh, though LOL. (I hope he doesn’t see that)


46 posted on 08/09/2010 11:08:45 AM PDT by Hoosier Catholic Momma (Arkansas resident of Hoosier upbringing--Yankee with a southern twang)
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To: izzatzo

I grew up south of Buffalo. There were natural gas wells there back in the 1970’s. I knew two families who had gas wells on their property. There has been oil exploration on the NY/PA border for 100 years. Ever hear of Oil City , PA. and Quakerstate ?

The economic malaise of upstate NY can be blamed on one thing. NY govt.


47 posted on 08/09/2010 11:10:00 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: bill1952

Actually it’s probably due to the rapid rise of the rates for murder and kidnapping; one of the things that helped push the immigration bill to pass... and it will be interesting to see how the bill impacts those rates.


48 posted on 08/09/2010 11:10:05 AM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: izzatzo
LOL! There is a high probability our next governor will be Tom Corbett. Cobett is so pro-drilling in the Marcellus Shale region that there is a good chance we Pennsylvanians will have the New York portion all drilled out as well before the NY politicians come to their senses.

But we'll still invite you to drive south and buy clothing at our tax free outlet malls.

49 posted on 08/09/2010 11:10:24 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: CedarDave

No. 9: Ames, Iowa! I SAY B*LLSH*T! Ames SUX!


50 posted on 08/09/2010 11:10:37 AM PDT by US Navy Vet
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