Flint And Detroit Are The Two Most Miserable Cities According To Forbes
Forbes Magazine has named Flint and Detroit, the two most miserable cities in America. While most people would agree that we are no vacation paradise, it's hard to believe that we are the two worst out there.
Forbes used a scale based on nine total factors including crime, unemployment and taxes when compiling the list. Here is what they had to say about Detroit,
Violent crime in the Detroit metro 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. Home prices were off 35% the past 3 years, which is the biggest drop in the U.S.
The picture that Forbes painted for Flint wasn't much better.
Flint has been demolishing homes as the city shrinks with residents leaving in search of jobs. Only Detroit has a higher net out-migration rate. Flint ranks third worst for violent crime, behind Detroit and Memphis.
One thing that Forbes has left out of their snapshot is the enormous debt that both of our cities are facing. While the efforts to improve Flint and Detroit are ongoing right now, not much will get done until the cities themselves can get the debt under control.
So here is my main question, if you had the chance to make a lateral move to a different city, would you? You're financial situation, employment and all other current factors would stay the exact same but you would be in a different city.
Would you leave Flint?