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Three Michigan Cities Land On Forbes’ ‘Most Miserable’ List For 2013

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Forbes has been heaping praise on Grand Rapids over the last couple of years naming us, among other things, the best city to raise a family in and one of the top 15 cities with emerging downtowns. But, it turns out the magazine doesn’t heap praise on the entire Mitten State. Three Michigan cities have landed on their 2013 list of America’s Most Miserable cities.

Detroit actually lands on the list as number one. Why? Well, Forbes says it’s not the safest place to be:

Violent crime in the Detroit metro 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. Home prices were off 35% the past 3 years, which is the biggest drop in the U.S.

Number two on the list is also a Michigan city. Flint gets no love from the folks at Forbes who say,

Flint has been demolishing homes as the city shrinks with residents leaving in search of jobs. Only Detroit has a higher net out-migration rate. Flint ranks third worst for violent crime, behind Detroit and Memphis.

Thankfully, the next Michigan city doesn’t pop up until number seven. Warren, MI lands on the list because,

Like Detroit, the Warren metro has seen home prices collapse–off 53% the past five years.

While it’s hard to argue with the cold, hard facts, I don’t know that the factors listed by Forbes necessarily make a place “miserable”.

Read the rest of Forbes Miserable Cities list here.

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