Atlanta Among Most ‘Miserable’ Cities to Live in America

Forbes has released the list of America’s most miserable cities of 2013, throwing light on the rising economic burden and unemployment across the country.

The cities were ranked based on the following factors:  violent crime, unemployment, foreclosures, taxes, net migration and home prices. Two hundred of the largest metropolitan areas in the country were part of the survey.

Here are some from that list, along with excerpted comments from Forbes:

#10 New York
“Taxes are always a hot button issue in New York, whether it revolves around banks paying their share or the taxes that residents face, which are the highest in the U.S. New Yorkers also rank first when it comes to the longest commutes.”

#13 Camden, N.J.
“New statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau labelled Camden the most impoverished city in the U.S. with 42.5% of residents living below the poverty line.”

#15 Atlantic City, N.J.
“In 2010, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visited the gambling mecca and proclaimed: “Atlantic City is dying.” Casino revenues have been in a downward spiral, which contributed to a recent unemployment rate of 14.4%.”

#16 Atlanta
“The housing crisis hit Atlanta hard with home prices off 42% since 2007 and foreclosure rates among the highest in the U.S. Another misery for Atlanta residents: traffic.”

#18 Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
“Poughkeepsie residents must endure crummy weather and long commutes to work. Their average commute of 31.9 minutes is the sixth highest in the U.S. Property tax rates are also onerous.”

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