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Looking for a bad time? Visit America's 'most miserable' cities

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Neenah, WI

#1 Feb 23, 2013
These cities all have one thing in common.

The Midwest, in fact, is heavily represented in both lists. Forbes' 20 most miserable cities also include Rockford, Ill.(third); Chicago (fourth); Lake County, Ill.(ninth); Toledo, Ohio (11th); St. Louis (12th); Milwaukee (14th); Cleveland (17th); Gary, Ind.(19th) and Youngstown, Ohio (20th).

Battle Creek, Mich.(eighth), and Lima, Ohio (ninth), also show up in the 20 saddest cities.

"This is not a league in which we want to play ball," Chuck Sweeny, political editor of The Rockford (Ill.) Star, wrote in a column Friday.

"We know what's wrong: too much poverty, too few college graduates, too few opportunities to get a college degree here, high crime in certain areas, an inability to work together to coordinate economic development and school districts considered poor or just average," Sweeny wrote.

"Add to that a crumbling inner city and thousands of substandard homes, and you've got a problem when the ratings folks come to town, or more likely, Google us."

At least "we are nothing like Flint," he added.

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