Well, our fair city has made another publication’s list and as usual, it’s not good news. This time, we’re #5 on Forbes.com’s list of “America’s 20 Most Miserable Cities.” The big news is that California has 4 of the top 5 spots and 8 cities overall in the top 20.
How did they figure that? Forbes.com explains the methodology…
We ranked each area on 10 factors, including unemployment over three years, tax rates (both sales and income), commute times, violent crime and how its pro sports teams have fared over the past three years.
That last part is not a joke. And Sacramento’s entry makes specific mention of the Kings and their plight, while not mentioning that we actually have the most successful professional sports team of the last decade in the River Cats (no, I didn’t look it up).
Forbes claims to only lists cities over 249,000 population but somehow Merced, a town of 73,000, made the top 5. I’m not saying the Central Valley isn’t going through a shitstorm right now, but why make rules if you’re just going to break them?
And for some reason I get a kick out of this:
Lastly, we factored in an index put together by Portland, Ore., researcher Bert Sperling that rates weather in each metro on factors relating to temperature, precipitation and humidity.
C’mon Portland. Everybody knows you’re the greatest city since ancient Athens, but you don’t have to be a dick about it. Also doesn’t it rain like, 367 days of the year in Portland? Just go back to putting birds on things.
What do you think? Are you feeling miserable?