LES MISERABLES: Detroit Tops List of Most Miserable Cities in United States … Obama’s Current Home Town of Chicago is #4 with a Bullet
For the most miserable cities, it truly is an Obamanation …
This should come as a shock to absolutely no one … According to Forbes ranking, Detroit, Michigan tops the list as the most miserable city in the United States. Detroit was a pretty easy choice for #1 with its violent crimes, high unemployment, dwindling population and financial crisis. What do you notice that every one of these cities has in common … Democrat leadership, or the lack thereof. What do these cities also have in common, they all overwhelmingly voted for Barack Obama. Don’t look now, as the immortal Casey Kasem would say during his music countdown, Obama’s current home town of Chicago is #4 with a bullet.
The latest blow was Tuesday’s announcement that the city is on the verge of being taken over by the state. Detroit is in a financial emergency and cannot pay its bills. The city has been issuing debt to fund day-to-day operations. The continuing problems propelled Detroit to the top spot in our 2013 ranking of America’s Most Miserable Cities.
This year we examined nine factors for the 200 largest metro areas in the U.S. The metrics include the serious: violent crime, unemployment, foreclosures, taxes (income and property) and home prices. We also include less weighty, but still important quality-of-life issues like commute times and weather.
Detroit’s problems are hardly new. It has been in a four-decade decline, paralleling the slide of the U.S. auto industry. The city’s debt rating was cut to junk by Moody’s Investors Service in 1992, but declining tax revenues from a shrinking city will soon make Detroit a ward of the state.
Violent crime in the Detroit metro division was down 5% in 2011, but it remains the highest in the country with 1,052 violent crimes per 100,000 people, according to the FBI. The city’s financial problems have forced significant cutbacks to the police force. It is a circuitous problem as high crime and unemployment force people to leave the city, which lowers the tax base and strains Detroit’s finances further.
TOP 10 List. The rest of the Top 20 can be seen HERE.
1. Detroit, MI
2. Flint, MI
3. Rockford, IL
4. Chicago, IL – With Barack Obama in office and Rahm Emanuel as mayor Chicago is fading fast. Emanuel’s approval rating plummeting and Chicago is becoming the poster city for gun violence, even with the strictest gun laws in the country. Chicago has slipped from 10th in 2010, 7th in 2011 and 6th in 2012. With the strictest gun laws in the country and with it is only a matter of time before Chicago becomes #1.
5. Modesto, CA
6. Vallejo, CA
7. Warren, MI
8. Stockton, CA
9. Lake County, IL
10. New York, NY