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Old 02-19-2008, 10:09 PM
 
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1) Detroit, MI
2) Stockton, CA
3) Flint, MI
4) New York, NY
5) Philadelphia, PA
6) Chicago, IL
7) Los Angeles, CA
8) Modesto, CA
9) Charlotte, NC
10) Providence, R.I.

In Pictures: America's Most Miserable Cities - Forbes.com
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Old 02-19-2008, 10:11 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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How did Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Buffalo, and Newark not make the list? Charlotte would be paradise compared to all these. Also El Paso is pretty miserable, all overrun by illegals where nobody speaks English anymore, same with Miami.
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Old 02-19-2008, 10:23 PM
 
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I totally agree. Charlotte and Chicago seem easy compared to some of those cities.
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Old 02-20-2008, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Another crap list. Yeah, Chicago is soooooo miserable that 3 million people choose to live there, along with 5-6 million more right outside of it. Forbes needs to make a "our most miserable/clueless editors" list. Their polls are ridiculous and insulting.
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Old 02-20-2008, 09:55 AM
 
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silly list. providence but no ohio city? the only cities that belong are detroit, flint, philly and possibly nyc.
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Old 02-20-2008, 10:04 AM
 
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What is this, the 20th time this list has been posted? Also, if it weren't for the income tax index, just according to THEIR data Memphis and Orlando would be there.
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Old 02-20-2008, 10:27 AM
 
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How did Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Buffalo, and Newark not make the list? Charlotte would be paradise compared to all these. Also El Paso is pretty miserable, all overrun by illegals where nobody speaks English anymore, same with Miami.
And I quote (from Forbes.com):

"We looked at the 150 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S., which meant a minimum population of 371,000. We ranked the cities on unemployment, personal tax rates, commute times, weather, crime and the number and proximity of toxic 'Superfund' sites. We added their ranks together to establish what we call the Misery Measure.

"The data used in the rankings came from Portland, Ore., researcher Bert Sperling, who last year published the second edition of Cities Ranked & Rated along with Peter Sander. Economic research firm Economy.com, owned by Moody's, also supplied some data."

Maybe, just maybe, it's based on facts not opinion. Or at least contemporaneous facts, instead of facts from 20-30 years ago.

You know the saying, "never let the truth get in the way of a good story," right? That can apply to personally-held beliefs or something you read in a supposedly reputable publication. LOL
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Old 02-20-2008, 10:31 AM
 
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I'll say this much: I've worked in buildings in NYC and you could see the stress on the cubicle-confined employees. They made triple what I made but you could certainly tell they weren't happy

And, not for nothin', but Forbes needs to truly define what 'miserable' means b/c that's a pretty strong word. All factors they listed simply don't make a city 'miserable'
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Old 02-20-2008, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Great, so I live in the 3rd happiest city in the U.S. and work in the 4th most miserable. It's amazing I'm not bi-polar!
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Old 02-20-2008, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Hartford County, CT
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And Hartford is better... how?
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