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Chicago Named Forbes' Third Most Miserable City

By Marcus Gilmer in Miscellaneous on Feb 10, 2009 7:30PM

2009_02_10_misery.jpg In its annual "America's Most Miserable Cities" list, Forbes named Chicago the nation's third most miserable city. Numbers One and Two? Stockton, California and Memphis, Tennessee. Said Forbes of our fair home:

Chicago would seem to be on quite a roll these days. The city is a leading contender to host the Summer Olympics in 2016. The hometown Cubs had the most wins of any team in the National League last year and are one of the early favorites to win the 2009 World Series. And, of course, one of its own just became the most powerful person in the world (we're not talking about Oprah either, but she's close).

So with all of the good vibes coming out of Chicago, how does it show up as the third worst city on our second annual list of America's Most Miserable Cities?
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Lousy weather, long commutes, rising unemployment and the highest sales tax rate in the country are to blame for the Windy City being near the top of our list. High rates of corruption by public officials didn't help either...

Living costs in the Second City are not much higher than the national average, but the 10.3% sales tax is a killer and is the highest of any city. A winning Olympic bid should move along needed transportation infrastructure improvements.

Really, Forbes? Stockton and Memphis are your two most miserable cities? How dare you. We are waaaaaaaaaay more miserable than either of those two! Man, we hate getting slighted by mainstream publications. We are so canceling our subscription.

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