The Most Miserable City In America?
Californiaa s Central Valley city of Stockton recently earned the dubious distinction as #1 on Forbes magazinea s list of worst cities in America , based on demographic statistics like crime, the housing bust, ...
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#1 Feb 12, 2009
The most miserable city in North America? Try Chicagoland, Illinois, city and all suburbs included. Huge layoff and unemployment rates, insane property taxes, sales taxes, income taxes thrown together, heavy, widespread corruption, no services for people with disabilities, no friendliness in the community, social hostility that is at the point where only rich movie star look alikes fit in, winters are cold, long, and brutal, and to make matters worse, the farther you get from downtown Chicago, the worse it gets, until it peaks out in most of the area within Chicago's collar counties like DuPage and parts of Lake. The misery in Chicagoland is pretty much divided as follows;
Highest sales tax; Cook County, at 10%.
Highest property taxes; DuPage County, at nearly $8,000 a year.
Places with least friendliness/rudest locals; Glen Ellyn, Naperville, Bloomingdale, Oak Brook, Aurora, Batavia, Elmhurst, Villa Park, West Chicago.
Places with highest discrimination rates; Chicago, Berwyn, Cicero, Glen Ellyn, Elmhurst, Naperville, Gurnee.
Places with highest layoff/unemployment rates; Chicago, Glen Ellyn, West Chicago, Cicero, Berwyn, Oak Park.
Places with fewest English speaking people; Cicero, Berwyn, Chicago, Aurora.
#2 Feb 12, 2009
By the way, all the misery in the above post can be felt and noticed in places even as far flung as Dekalb and even Sycamore.
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