Detroit Tops 2013 List Of America's Most Miserable Cities

Forbes put Detroit Mayor Dave Bing on its cover in 2011 for a story with the optimistic headline: “City of Hope.” The premise was that the city had hit rock bottom and was poised for a turnaround. >>>

Two years later, Detroit’s problems continue to multiply, sadly. It is still dealing with high levels of violent crime and unemployment. Home prices, already at historic lows, plummeted a further 35% during the past three years >>>

The latest blow was Tuesday’s announcement that the city is on the verge of being taken over by the state. Detroit is in a financial emergency and cannot pay its bills. The city has been issuing debt to fund day-to-day operations. >>>

The problems of No. 2-ranked Flint, Mich. mirror those of Detroit. >>> Flint beat Detroit to the punch when it came to surrendering to the state over its finances. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder appointed an emergency manager at the end of 2011 to run the cash-strapped city. The manager is still in place.

Two cities on our list, Chicago (No. 4) and New York (No. 10) may surprise readers, though they’ve been here before. >>>

#1 Detroit, Mich.
#2 Flint, Mich.
#3 Rockford, Ill.
#4 Chicago, Ill.
#5 Modesto, Calif.
#6 Vallejo, Calif.
#7 Warren, Mich.
#8 Stockton, Calif.
#9 Lake County, Ill.
#10 New York, N.Y.
#11 Toledo, Ohio
#12 St. Louis, Mo.
#13 Camden, N.J.
#14 Milwaukee, Wisc.
#15 Atlantic City, NJ
#16 Atlanta, Ga.
#17 Cleveland, Ohio
#18 Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
#19 Gary, Ind.
#20 Youngstown, OH

Anybody notice who's been running these cities for most of the last 2, 3 or 4 decades?