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Thursday, January 31, 2008

FORBES MAGAZINE MISERABLE CITIES RANKINS

Detroit has been ranked the number one most miserable city to live in out of the 150 largest metropolitan areas. The ratings were based on 6 factors including, unemployment, personal tax rates, commute times, weather, crime and toxic waste. Also in the top ten is Flint at 3, which means Michigan almost swept the top 3. On the other hand, cities also within the top ten include New York City at 4, Philadelphia at 5, Chicago at 6, Los Angeles at 7, and Charlotte at 9.

Like I said, rankings are stupid. The way I see it, if Detroit is accompanied in the top ten by Charlotte, a supposedly growing city at 9, Los Angeles at 7, Chicago, the self proclaimed jewel of the midwest at 6, and New York City, the self proclaimed greatest city in the world at 4, I'd say we are in good company. Or maybe the reality is that we are miserable. Either way, this ranking system sure isn't an indication of that. The most unfortunate thing about this ranking is that everyone will report that Detroit ranked number 1 for being miserable and that is all people will see. They won't read far enough along to see these other great cities in the U.S. are in the top ten for miserableness as well.

Here's the link, Forbes Miserable Cities Rankings

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Miserable is good. It means we care.

Mels said...

using the word "miserable" is propaganda to influence readers to think negatively about the "top" cities on such a list. their interpretation of "miserable" should have considered "research" which studies city pride, loyalty, and actions toward improvement, etc. The word miserable implies unhappiness and I, myself, a Detroiter, am certainly not unhappy here.