The biggest surprise on our list is Charlotte, N.C., which is ranked ninth. Charlotte has undergone tremendous economic growth the past decade, while the population has soared 32%. But the current picture isn't as bright. Employment growth has not kept up with population growth, meaning unemployment rates are up more than 50% compared with 10 years ago. Charlotte scored in the bottom half of all six categories we examined. It scored the worst on violent crime, ranking 140th.
Detroit was number one. So what went into factoring this? Things like unemployment rates, taxes, commute times, weather, pollution and crime. Those factors may be true - we do have quite a bit of traffic - but what do you think? Do we deserve number 9 on the misery scale?
Read America's Most Miserable Cities from Forbes.com
- Rosie Reilman