Detroit – America’s Most Miserable City – Thanks for Nothing Forbes

Detroit is number #1 – thanks to Forbes – topping the Most Miserable City chart.

Misery Index = unemployment rate + inflation rate
Misery Score = corporate + personal + employer + sales taxes

“But aren’t there other things that cause Americans misery? Of course. So we decided to expand on the Misery Index and the Misery Score to create our very own Forbes Misery Measure. We’re sticking with unemployment and personal tax rates, but we are adding four more factors that can make people miserable: commute times, weather, crime and that toxic waste dump in your backyard.”

The Forbes Misery Measure is unscientific and biased. Did Forbes take into account the commuters who are commuting to their dream jobs? Did they take into account those who love experiencing the four seasons in all their glory? Did they take into account violent vs. non-violent crimes?

“Misery is defined as a state of great unhappiness and emotional distress.”

I am rather happy and wasn’t emotionally distressed until I read this article. Forbes, if you need story ideas we have plenty of positive and scientifically sound ideas for you. We don’t need to be number one on any of your lists, but we do want to be judged fairly.

7 Comments so far

  1. Observer_Mike (unregistered) on February 6th, 2008 @ 2:50 pm

    I think we should burn down Forbes headquarters instead of the Foreclosed, dilapidated houses.
    Who’s with me!

  2. tonya (unregistered) on February 7th, 2008 @ 8:59 am

    i don’t think that people need to be reminded of the situation we are in, we need to focus on more on trying to live and make it with whatever we have. when you are down you certainly don’t need anyone to kick you in the teeth. instead how about a little encouragement.

  3. max (unregistered) on February 7th, 2008 @ 10:24 am

    i’m affraid that Detroit is always going to be one of those places that no matter how nice it is will forever be seen by the rest of the country as a high crime ghetto. i was talking to a business in California recently and told them something positive about this town and they replied "no matter how hard you try…you can’t polish a turd". even after the success of our Super Bowl and baseball all star game when the media from the whole country was here saying almost nothing but good things the image didn’t change a bit.

  4. JO (unregistered) on February 7th, 2008 @ 10:37 am


  5. Matt (unregistered) on February 7th, 2008 @ 2:35 pm

    Did anyone look at the other cities listed on the list: Chicago, Charlotte, New York City?

    Basically, the report is an indictment of urban centers across the country, which is really neither here nor there. Large cities have good areas, and they have bad areas.

  6. john morris (unregistered) on February 12th, 2008 @ 10:56 pm

    As much as I like Forbes. You have to take this list with a serious grain of salt. The main purpose aside from selling magazines is the usual agenda of promoting low taxes. Tax rates play a big part in the list. They also seemed to include metro areas which is how they got long commute times for a convenient city like NY.

  7. D-Train (unregistered) on February 13th, 2008 @ 8:59 am

    I agree with Jo. It may be a post-apocalyptic wasteland, but it’s MY post-apocalyptic wasteland. No one is required to live in the Detroit area unless you’re too broke to move away, and that happens everywhere. Is there some great job you have in Detroit that you can’t get somewhere else? Please. I live here because I love it. I’ve lived in other towns, and I would take Detroit over Chicago or New York in a heartbeat. I understand that not everyone is going to feel the way I do, but if you live here, and you like it, DEFEND IT!

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