Friday, February 22, 2013
Predominantly-black Detroit has earned a dubious honor, topping Forbes’ list of the most miserable cities in the United States
With its violent crimes, high unemployment, dwindling population and financial crisis, Detroit dethroned Miami, which held the unflattering title in 2012. Michigan was on a roll in 2013, going one-two on the list with Flint proclaimed the second most miserable city, followed by Rockford and Chicago in Illinois and Modesto, California, which rounded out the five most unhappy urban areas. Recently, a panel of experts said that Detroit was facing a fiscal emergency and potential bankruptcy, as well as a possible financial takeover by the state. Once hailed as one of the nation’s most industrious cities, Detroit has been ravaged by a perfect storm of plummeting home prices, astronomically high crime rates and a mass exodus of residents. Violent crime in the Detroit metro division was down 5% in 2011, but it remains the highest in the country with 1,052 violent crimes per 100,000 people, according to the FBI.