Today’s Yahoo News brings this article, which is from Forbes.com describing the ten most miserable cities in the U.S. The criteria for determining what was used to qualify a city for a miserable ranking includes the unemployment rate and the inflation rate, commute times, weather, crime and the number of nearby toxic dumps.
That’s some interesting, selective criteria that did not include other factors like social inhomogeneity, employment diversity, education opportunty, proximity to potable water, obesity, cancer rate, mortality rate, affordable housing, shopping experience or any other factors that you and I could devise with a few minutes of brainstorming.
According to Forbes, the 10 most miserable cities are
- Stockton, CA
- Flint, MI
- New York City
- Los Angeles
- Modesto, CA
- Charlotte, NC
The article is so much crap. A much more interesting (and perhaps socially relevant) article would have been one that surveyed a few thousand Americans and asked what they considered to be the most miserable cities, and why. I bet the answers would have been very different. Buffalo might have been included in the top ten of that survey.
Perception alone has a major influence on how a municipality is treated with respect to government, business and the media. Buffalo knows this all too well, probably ranking extremely low on the national scale (perception) yet much higher locally. We (mostly) consider this a great place to live and raise a family; the rest of the nation might have a different opinion.
At least we’re not in this week’s Forbes top ten. Whew.