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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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To: Moose4
I wonder why it supposedly has such a problem with obesity. Lots of good food? Too hot/cold to exercise?

High Native American Population percentage. Native Americans are more likely to become obese on a "European" diet.

It's Science.

Nothing OKC can do about it.

51 posted on 08/09/2010 11:11:02 AM PDT by UNGN (I've been here since '98 but had nothing to say until now)
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To: bill1952
So Phoenix Arizona makes it because of the new law that makes it too hard for Latinos to live here??

Phoenix and others probably made it because it's been too easy for illegals to live there.

52 posted on 08/09/2010 11:12:04 AM PDT by gundog (Why is it that useful idiots remain idiots long after they've exhausted their usefulness?)
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To: Tax-chick
and then moved to Tulsa

The lostest I've ever been was in Tulsa, that was pre G.P.S. days. I started to think that I'd just have to live there because I couldn't find my way out.

I couldn't just ask directions, I am after all a man and that would be such a girly thing to do.

53 posted on 08/09/2010 11:19:35 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (Nobody reads tag lines.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I just moved to Phoenix ... and I love it here ... heat and all


54 posted on 08/09/2010 11:26:08 AM PDT by clamper1797 (Would you hold my hand ... If I saw you in heaven ... to my angel in heaven)
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To: CedarDave
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.


Yes, I'd agree with this list, BUT there are a number of other cities that could be added. These cities all have ONE THING IN COMMON. I let the readers figure that one out. Most here are more than smart enough.
55 posted on 08/09/2010 11:29:11 AM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: BenLurkin

Thank you! I live in the suburbs of Cleveland. They dog us about the weather and then overlook the weather in Minn. (#1 livable). The county government is getting cleaned up. Sure we are hurting in the sports category, but we have had our share of heartbreak in that category, but at least we still have major sports team and have fought to keep them here. I just dont see how Cleveland came in 2nd to a small town on the Mexican border.


56 posted on 08/09/2010 11:29:35 AM PDT by marstegreg
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Cleveland no.2
Another democrat city falling apart from forty years of corruption and democrat rule.It’s Detroit’s twin except WE have TWO big sports stadiums (thanks to the taxpayers) to show off our two losing teams (browns and indians) with planning like that why arent we happy?


57 posted on 08/09/2010 11:29:45 AM PDT by Maumee (wtw)
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To: UNGN
High Native American Population percentage

3.5%. Either they weigh 3000 pounds each or someone else is holding up the average

58 posted on 08/09/2010 11:30:48 AM PDT by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP!)
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To: dragnet2

I live not too far from Eden Prairie. It wouldn’t hurt my feelings if they put EP in the top ten worst cities - maybe that would help keep some of the riff-raff from coming to MN...


59 posted on 08/09/2010 11:30:58 AM PDT by jonno (Having an opinion is not the same as having the answer...)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
El Centro....things must be really tough when the cemetery is closed.
60 posted on 08/09/2010 11:34:35 AM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/01...NEVER FORGET.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

ANY place run by DEMOCRATS!!


61 posted on 08/09/2010 11:35:49 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: bill1952
There is quite a slant in some of these listings.

Yes there is, because Scottsdale, Arizona is one of the best places in America for normal, sane, American citizens to live. I don't think Phoenix or even Las Vegas belong on this list, which should really be filled with Detroit, East St. Louis, Camden, NJ, Gary, Indiana, and other liberal social policy-spawned vacation paradises.

62 posted on 08/09/2010 11:37:00 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ( "The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended." - Rowan Atkinson)
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To: kidd
Impressive list.

And if you drive through these cities it is amazing how many "young retirees" are standing, sitting, sleeping in doorways while contemplating their next investment moves.

63 posted on 08/09/2010 11:37:54 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: Ingtar

LOL, but what they’re aren’t saying is it would be 10 even in a roaring good economy.


64 posted on 08/09/2010 11:38:12 AM PDT by 556x45
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To: Tax-chick
... carry-in-supper culture ...

I don't know what a "carry-in-supper culture" means. I did search via scroogle for that phrase, and I only found one instance, where it seemed to be used in a manner synonymous with a potluck dinner. Is that it?

65 posted on 08/09/2010 11:46:49 AM PDT by snowsislander (In this election year, please ask your candidates if they support repeal of the 1968 GCA.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

5. Oklahoma City, Okla.

No Way. Total BS.

I lived in Piedmont just outside of OKC for 7 years and it is a wonderful place and a wonderful state.

This is a subjective garbage entry on the list. The others I understand but this is simply wrong.


66 posted on 08/09/2010 11:50:16 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: marstegreg

To be fair, El Centro is not directly on the border and the people there — that is 20+ years ago — were very nice. But you talk about weather — yikes!


67 posted on 08/09/2010 11:52:10 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: woodbutcher1963

“Ever hear of Oil City , PA. and Quakerstate ?”

Yes, heard of them all as well as Pennzoil and the good Edwin(?)Drake who, I believe, made the initial discovery of oil in the US in western(?)PA back in the 1800’s.

But, did I not pretty well state the problem as government(state and local), relative to drilling/lack thereof, under pressure from greenies?


68 posted on 08/09/2010 11:54:11 AM PDT by izzatzo
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To: Sybeck1
"I drive into number 10 each day from Desoto county to work. Could you imagine this place without FEDEX?"

Funny -- I drive into number 10 each day from Desoto county to work as well. Small world...

The Treasure Fine

69 posted on 08/09/2010 11:55:12 AM PDT by BoilermakerCAengineerguy (And dying on the cross for the sick and the lost, is the Lover that I long to know...)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Aaron Crowe (Blogger) is a freelance journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area who can be found at www.AaronCrowe.net. He writes and edits at various Aol Web sites, and is a section editor at WalletPop, a personal finance Web site run by Aol. He has worked as a reporter, copy editor and assigning editor at newspapers throughout California.

70 posted on 08/09/2010 11:55:38 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

Katrina did a fair job at cleaning up New Orleans.


71 posted on 08/09/2010 11:56:40 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one.)
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To: N. Theknow

Love that line!!


72 posted on 08/09/2010 12:05:03 PM PDT by bfree (The revolution is coming - FUBO)
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To: Vigilanteman

Go, Tom Corbett-he cannot be any more pro-drilling than I; but, I’m not running for PA governor, or any other office. And, more power to you fine folks from the great state of Pennsylvania-may you reap great quantities of dollars from drilling leases and subsequent royalty payments even if it is from mineral sources across the Susquehanna or Delaware.

As for me, New York can go to hell and I’ll go back to Texas next month. (Paraphrasing Davy Crockett.)


73 posted on 08/09/2010 12:08:02 PM PDT by izzatzo
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To: snowsislander

Yes, carry-in is the same as potluck or covered-dish supper. Popular at church events.


75 posted on 08/09/2010 1:43:51 PM 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: Hoosier Catholic Momma
french fries and onion rings just taste so much better that way

Yes, they do. I bake fries, these days.

But going to church with the Spanish-speaking people, I just enjoy whatever they bring and don't ask what's in it!

76 posted on 08/09/2010 1:49:25 PM 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: Tax-chick

One of the most popular food booths at the annual spring festival for our kids’ Catholic school is the one serving Mexican—it’s yummy :) Of course, so is the Chinese, and the German...can’t forget the deep-fried Oreos and Snickers.

Shouldn’t talk about food when I’m already starving :(


77 posted on 08/09/2010 1:53:38 PM PDT by Hoosier Catholic Momma (Arkansas resident of Hoosier upbringing--Yankee with a southern twang)
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To: Hoosier Catholic Momma

Our Hispanic Ministry does a lot of business at the church festival. I’m renting them a generator this year, because their electric skillets kept tripping the breaker last year.

Mmmm, I’m hungry just thinking about Hermana Silvia’s enchiladas. I need to boot Young Bill, the slender and elusive youth, off his SAT prep to start making supper!


78 posted on 08/09/2010 1:56:02 PM 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: Tax-chick

My mil makes some fine enchiladas, and she’s of Irish descent ;)

We’re having fish, fresh corn on the cob, cole slaw, and some strawberry shortcake for dessert. Duty calls...


79 posted on 08/09/2010 2:08:51 PM PDT by Hoosier Catholic Momma (Arkansas resident of Hoosier upbringing--Yankee with a southern twang)
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To: Hoosier Catholic Momma

Always hamburgers on Monday, here, because of Boy Scouts.


80 posted on 08/09/2010 2:10:43 PM 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: Ingtar

Be still my beating heart we’ve come up a notch in the world!


81 posted on 08/09/2010 2:42:16 PM PDT by GailA (obamacare paid for by cuts & taxes on most vulnerable Veterans, retired Military, disabled & Seniors)
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To: GailA

Right. Weren’t we #2 in the last one? I guess we owe Fred for those 8 spots since this one weighted unemployment more.


82 posted on 08/09/2010 2:46:20 PM PDT by Ingtar (If he could have taxed it, Obama's hole would have been plugged by now.)
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To: Graybeard58

That’s kind of funny, because Tulsa is rather square, with streets marking off square-mile sections, although not iconically square like Oklahoma City. I rarely got on the interstate when we lived in Tulsa, because you could get where you were going on surface roads, three east-four north and so on.


83 posted on 08/09/2010 3:18:28 PM 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: edcoil
Many people in the Gulf states have lost their jobs because of the oil spill and the others.....Obama has shutdown drilling in the Gulf...for no good reason!

Obama has an agenda for the states states that did not vote for him...hurt them! He's a vindictive little jerk!

84 posted on 08/09/2010 3:24:21 PM PDT by lonestar (Barry is furious the big spill wasn't caused by EXXON...would have nationalized it by now.)
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To: Tax-chick
Yes, carry-in is the same as potluck or covered-dish supper. Popular at church events.

Thanks for the information. For what it is worth, the one reference I found on the net was indeed to a church event in Indiana.

The PDF is at APRIL 2010 NEWS & NOTES FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH; the term is used on page 4 with the entry for April 1st.

85 posted on 08/09/2010 3:43:02 PM PDT by snowsislander (In this election year, please ask your candidates if they support repeal of the 1968 GCA.)
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To: snowsislander

See, it’s Indiana. I’m from Missouri originally, and I was using the local term!


86 posted on 08/09/2010 3:44:05 PM 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: kidd

I agree with your list more than the BS one in the article.


87 posted on 08/09/2010 4:08:19 PM PDT by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (All sweat, no equity)
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To: CedarDave
Ten best small cities to live:

No. 4: Bellevue, Wash.

Blew it right there. No credibility.

88 posted on 08/09/2010 5:14:53 PM PDT by sionnsar (IranAzadi|5yst3m 0wn3d-it's N0t Y0ur5:SONY|TV--it's NOT news you can trust)
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To: Tax-chick; rightwingintelligentsia; Truth is a Weapon
I was told that all the fast food chains test-market in OKC; I know I saw an awful lot of fast food places when I was there...

Positive feedback loop?

89 posted on 08/09/2010 6:56:06 PM PDT by TXnMA (If it were not for losing the Library Of Congress and the Smithsonian...)
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To: Truth is a Weapon

Amen brother. But if it can keep the dang California libs from moving in and screwing our town up then the rating is worth it. I don’t care what some organization calls me, just so long as it leaves me alone.


90 posted on 08/09/2010 7:34:00 PM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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