Miami Is Most Miserable City In U.S.

For those Americans who think that escaping the frigid climes of the northern states for sunny Florida is the path to happiness, think again (about Miami at least). Reuters reports:

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.

Photo: UpstateNYer (CC)

Photo: UpstateNYer (CC)

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 U.S. auto industry, Michigan’s troubled duo of Detroit and Flint registered at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, among the most miserable cities…

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7 Comments on "Miami Is Most Miserable City In U.S."

  1. hahaha!  i’m going to be moving from flint to miami for a job opportunity next month!

  2. chinagreenelvis | Feb 5, 2012 at 6:02 pm |

    Der, that’s why Dexter has such an easy time finding serial killers to kill.

  3. I’m a Miami native now living in the DC Metro area. I’m VERY surprised not to see the latter city on the list.

    Pedantic note: “Glitzy South Beach” is in Miami Beach, which is a different city than Miami.

  4. Redacted | Feb 5, 2012 at 7:12 pm |

    I think its because Miami is so hot. It drives people into a rage, then they commit crime and that drives down property values, which means people can’t afford air conditioners, which means more people are being driven into a rage by the heat.

  5. Diodorussmith | Feb 6, 2012 at 2:39 am |
  6. Miami is the new New Orleans

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