Saturday, February 20, 2010

I Have Terrible Taste in Cities

Remember when I listed the top 20 cities in the United States (some readers questioned my inclusion of Milwaukee).

Well, now Forbes has a list of the 20 most "miserable" cities in the U.S. And guess what? Six of the cities are on my list.

Just to recap, here's my list — and while I compiled this in 2004, I'm not sure I'd make any changes today (maybe Seattle would be higher...West Siiiiide). Click here to see my thinking in making my choices.

Top 20 Cities
1. San Francisco
2. New York
3. Chicago
4. Los Angeles
5. Boston
6. Philadelphia
7. Seattle
8. San Diego
9. Washington, D.C.
10. Portland, Oregon
11. Denver
12. Minneapolis
13. Miami
14. Atlanta
15. St. Louis
16. Baltimore
17. Austin
18. Providence
19. Cleveland
20. Milwaukee

And here's the Forbes list of 20 Most Miserable Cities:
1. Cleveland
2. Stockton, Calif.
3. Memphis, Tenn.
4. Detroit
5. Flint, Mich.
6. Miami
7. St. Louis
8. Buffalo, N.Y.
9. Canton, Ohio
10. Chicago
11. Modesto, Calif.
12. Akron, Ohio
13. Kansas City, Mo.
14. Rockford, Ill.
15. Toledo, Ohio
16. New York
17. Sacramento, Calif.
18. Youngstown, Ohio
19. Gary, Ind.
20. Philadelphia

I have to say, I'd rather live in Cleveland or Philadelphia than Louisville, Colo., or Chanhassen, Minn. — the "best places to live in the United States," according to Money magazine. Maybe I'm just in the misery-loves-company mindset.