Detroit Named Most Miserable City in US

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Detroit is well-known as a dwindling, depressing city after the decline of the U.S. auto industry, but it wasn’t until now that the city was named the country’s “most miserable city.”

Last year, Miami held the title. Detroit beat out Flint, Michigan, Rockford and Chicago, Illinois and Modesto, California, which made up the top 5 most unhappy cities.

“Detroit’s problems are hardly news. It has been in a four-decade decline paralleling the slide in the U.S. auto industry,” said.

Forbes looks at 200 of the country’s biggest urban areas and ranks them based on crime rates, foreclosures, taxes, home prices, commute times, weather and decreasing populations.

Chicago’s violent crime and high foreclosure rates put the city in fourth place.

New York made the list at number 10, mainly due to its high cost of living. The city has one of the highest income tax rates and longest commute time at an average of 36 minutes.

This week, experts in Detroit said the city was facing a fiscal emergency and bankruptcy, and may have to be taken over financially by the state.

Another Michigan city, Flint, is facing nearly identical issues. The city has high crime rates and a jobless rate of 11.3 percent. It is currently being run by an emergency manager assigned by the state governor.