California scores high on new misery index

February 13, 2011

Times are tough in California, but are they miserable? According to a new survey, the answer may be a resounding “Yes.” [BBC]

Four California cities are ranked in the top five, according to the latest America’s 20 Most Miserable Cities index, released annually by Forbes magazine.

Stockton claimed the top spot for the second year in  a row, followed by Merced (3), Modesto (4), and Sacramento (5). Other California cities in the top 20 include Vallejo (9), Fresno (17), Salinas (18) and Bakersfield (20).

The non-California towns identified were Miami (2), Memphis (6), Chicago (7), West Palm Beach (8), Cleveland (9), Flint (10), Toledo (12), Ft. Lauderdale (13), Youngstown (14), Detroit (15), Washington, D.C. (16), and Jacksonville (19).

The new report concludes that “the Golden State has never looked less golden”.

California is at the epicenter of the foreclosure crisis, unemployment is way above the national average and high taxes are crippling business.

The Forbes ranking takes into account a range of factors – including the economy, crime levels, the climate and social factors, such as how the local sports teams are doing.

Stockton, for example, has seen property values drop 67 percent since 2005.



  1. roymann says:

    I wish they all could be California girls

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  2. whatdouno says:

    oh…but let’s not forget, San Luis Obispo is the happiest city in the US. Yeah right!
    Who ya gonna believe?

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    • Paso_Guy says:

      I would submit that the SLO folks are the happiest on account they do not live in Stockton

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      • undertow says:

        Look at the bright side, one could actually afford a home there :)

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  3. BeenThereDoneThat says:

    OMG!! We had four cities that beat the likes of Flint, Mich., Cleveland Ohio and Detroit Mich!!!???? Detroit!? Detroit!? A city that went from 1.6mil before the ’65 riots to a little less than 800,000 today? Man this is SAD!!! Go look up Flint or Detroit. They are pathetic. This is real SAD California.

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  4. zaphod says:

    California Dreaming

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