Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Welcome to Detroit - America's Most Miserable City

Forbes has released its list of most miserable of the nation's largest 150 metropolitan areas, and guess what – Detroit is number one. But then, why wouldn't it be?
Motown is the worst in the country when it comes to violent crime, with an annual rate of 1,251 crimes for every 100,000 residents. Unemployment in the area is below the double-digit rates it hit in the early 1990s, but at 8.5% over the past three years, it is still the second-highest in the country among the 150 largest metro areas.
While Detroit doesn't provoke the sunniest outlooks among its residents, those hundreds of thousands uneducated workers who are still sitting pretty on cushy union jobs have little to gripe about. Even if they get laid-off, it will be in the form of a buyout worth hundreds of thousands of dollars each. If worse comes to worse they can depart at will to their lake cabins up north and wait for brighter economic times.

No, I don't have a chip on my shoulder.

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