Miami named most miserable US city

2012-02-03 22:28

New York - Warm sun, white beaches, and million-dollar mansions notwithstanding, Miami has captured the dubious distinction of being the most miserable city in the United States, according to a new poll.

The playground of the rich and famous is home to a crippling housing crisis, one of the highest crime rates in the country, and lengthy daily commutes for workers, all of which have propelled it to the No. 1 position in the list.

"Miami has sun and beautiful weather but other things make people miserable. You have this two-tier society: glitzy South Beach attracts celebrities, but the income inequality has skyrocketed in recent years," explained Forbes senior editor Kurt Badenhausen.

The rankings are based on factors including jobless rates, violent crime, foreclosures, income and property taxes, as well as considerations like weather, commute time and political corruption.

Reeling for decades from the decline of the US auto industry, Michigan's troubled duo of Detroit and Flint registered at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, among the most miserable cities.

"Detroit and Flint are struggling," said Badenhausen. "Violent crime is highest in the country in Detroit; housing prices are down 55%. Detroit is closing schools and laying off policemen. In recent years they have been demolishing houses to change their city landscapes"

West Palm Beach, Florida and Sacramento, California rounded out the top five cities.

"We're trying to judge cities where residents have a lot of complaints. It doesn't mean that there aren't terrific things there," he said.

And for the haves Miami's charms remain undiminished.

"The 15t in Miami is doing fantastic. But for the vast majority, who make less than $75 000 [a year], Miami can be a challenging place," he said. "Forty-seven percent of homeowners sit on underwater mortgages. That's tough."

  • Success Mbuyane - 2012-02-04 06:47

    Thought the US doesn't have problems that we face everyday

      braamc - 2012-02-04 06:53

      @Mbuyane Where have you been? At least they don't have the murder, rape and violent crime stats than SA

      Thando - 2012-02-04 08:42

      @Braamc - Actually Detroit is much more violent than Johannesburg

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-02-04 09:25

    Lol all that glitters is not gold...

  • Lumko Ntshinka - 2012-02-04 09:25

    Lol all that glitters is not gold...

  • JC - 2012-02-04 09:31

    Up that to USA most miserable country - land of obesity

      Kevin - 2012-02-05 04:14

      Ah yes, share with us what shining, wonderful country you are from, "JC". Let me guess, some gutter Eurotrash society, where you live in a small apartment, your skinny pale body as pale as the greenish glare of your flickering fluorescent light and your scruffy little beard full of flecks of Spotted Dick. Mum is upstairs of your basement apartment, and her newest boyfriend is a football yob who pushes you around. If that weren't enough, you DREAM of coming to America, but can't afford the trip on your modest salary as a dog walker. So your intensely jealous. You smell like mayo no matter how much you wash, and sometimes when you pass gas you dump in your pants. Do I have that about right, dickweed?

  • JC - 2012-02-04 09:45

    Forgot ARROGANCE

  • Jonathan - 2012-02-04 10:53

    Sounds like a microcosm of South Africa

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