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Forbes Magazine Names America's Most Miserable Cities

Christina Talcott

Every year, Forbes Magazine crunches numbers and comes up with what it deems the "most miserable" cities in the U.S. This year's list holds a few surprises.

But first, here's an explanation of the method:

We compiled our rankings by looking at the 150 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the U.S., which meant those with a population of at least 378,000. We ranked those metros on nine factors: commute times, corruption, pro sports teams, Superfund sites, taxes (both income and sales), unemployment, violent crime and weather. The corruption category is new this year. (And D.C. still didn't make the list? Shocking!)

Cities such as Flint, Mich., and Modesto, Calif., routinely make the list every year. But in the wake of the election and that iconic night in Grant Park, we're a little surprised that Chicago snagged the #3 spot. Of course, its most famous resident did trade his Hyde Park digs for a fancier mansion in less snowy climes, and as for corruption... well, how could anyone forget this guy?

It's miserable on Miami's South Beach? Really? (Alan Diaz/AP)

Here are this year's Top Ten:
1. Stockton, Calif.
2. Memphis
3. Chicago
4. Cleveland
5. Modesto
6. Flint
7. Detroit
8. Buffalo
9. Miami
10. St. Louis

Do you agree or disagree about any of these picks? Or is there someplace you'd nominate for next year's list?

By Christina Talcott |  February 12, 2009; 3:46 PM ET  | Category:  Christina Talcott , In the News , Lists
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Based on living in #3 and 4 and a city not on the list, it seems fairly accurate (though next year Flint and Detroit should be ahead of both Chicago and Cleveland).

Posted by: purpjoh | February 18, 2009 5:34 PM

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