Where's the most miserable place of all?

Last updated 15:36 22/02/2013
Detroit city
Reuters

NOT A HAPPY PLACE: Forbes says Detroit's woes can be blamed on the decline in America's motoring industry.

Relevant offers

World

Sydney cafe siege inquest: Man Haron Monis wanted to be a Rebels bikie Woman shoots herself in the head while trying to take a selfie Powerball winner Gary Baron confronted by syndicate members World news while you were sleeping Anonymous threats against airliners prompts plane searches Malaysia finds 139 graves at 'cruel' jungle trafficking camps NZ woman suspected of fighting with terrorist groups could return Lindt siege inquest: Clairvoyancy business 'a front' Tony Abbott says stopping terrorists like stopping the boats Girl, 16, burnt alive by Guatemalan lynch mob

With its violent crimes, high unemployment, dwindling population and financial crisis, Detroit has been named the most miserable city in the United States.

It toppled Miami, which held the title last year, and surpassed Flint, Michigan, Rockford and Chicago in Illinois and Modesto, California, which rounded out the five most unhappy urban areas.

"Detroit's problems are hardly news. It has been in a four-decade decline paralleling the slide in the US auto industry," according to Forbes.com, which compiles the yearly ranking.

Earlier this week, a panel of experts said the automotive city was facing a fiscal emergency and potential bankruptcy, as well as a possible financial takeover by the state.

Flint, which is being run by an emergency manager appointed by the state governor more than a year ago, faces similar problems and has some of the worst crime rates in the country and a jobless rate of 11.3 percent, according to Forbes.com.

To compile the list, Forbes looked at 200 of the country's largest urban areas and ranked them on factors including crime rates, foreclosures, taxes, home prices, commute times, weather and decreasing populations.

Violent crime, high foreclosure rates and declining home prices pushed Chicago into the fourth spot, along with the high expense of living there.

New York, which came in at No 10, was also cited for its high cost of living.

The Big Apple has one of the country's highest income tax rates and longest average commuting time at 36 minutes.

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content