With its violent crimes, high unemployment, dwindling population and financial crisis, Detroit was named as the most miserable city in the US.
It toppled Miami, which held the title last year, and surpassed Flint, Michigan, Rockford and Chicago in Illinois and Modesto, California, which rounded out the five most unhappy urban areas.
“Detroit’s problems are hardly news. It has been in a four-decade decline paralleling the slide in the US auto industry,” according to Forbes.com, which compiles the yearly ranking.
Earlier, a panel of experts said the automotive city was facing a fiscal emergency and potential bankruptcy, as well as a possible financial takeover by the state.
Flint, which is being run by an emergency manager appointed by the state governor more than a year ago, faces similar problems, according to Forbes.com.
Violent crime, high foreclosure rates and declining home prices pushed Chicago into the fourth spot, along with the high expense of living there.(Reuters)