Seattle Sucks. And snags spot 3 on the misery list.

Take the local unemployment rates.

Add in rise in gas prices.

Plus the change in home values.

What’ve you got?

Seattle as the third most miserable city in the country.

Yup, the Wall Street Journal article on the the index measuring the three factors surprised me not.

The Emerald City some 50 miles north of me is fast losing its shine.

Even beat out Las Vegas!

And that did kinda surprises – but not, Vegas has been mired in deep doodoo for quite a while – and speaks to what I’ve long been saying: Seattle Sucks. I’ve penned the posts. Could turn it into a series if I cared enough about the city. I don’t.

So for you U.S. readers, particularly those curious as to whether their location’s listed, here are the Top 20 Cities with the Blues.

1. Phoenix
2. Portland
3. Seattle
4. Minneapolis
5. Los Angeles
6. Denver
7. Dallas
8. Las Vegas
9. Atlanta
10. San Francisco

11. Charlotte (North Carolina)
12. Miami
13. San Diego
14. Washington, D.C.
15. Chicago
16. Tampa
17. Detroit
18. New York
19. Cleveland
20. Boston


9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Karyn @ kloppenmum
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 17:29:59

    Did they also list the happiest?
    Then you’d know where to drive to…when you leave.


    • allycatadventures
      Apr 07, 2011 @ 11:20:34

      @Klopp – No, the “happiest” would be another study, another collection of data. Haha, no worries, my destination’s already settled on … san the happy or misery index. 😉


  2. longeyesamurai
    Apr 07, 2011 @ 01:59:25

    Actually, I’m kind of surprise by seeing this ranking. I would have expected places Detroit or Cleveland to be much higher…


    • allycatadventures
      Apr 07, 2011 @ 11:39:06

      @Capra – Well, it’s important to remember the rate of unemployment, housing value declines and gas price increases vary considerably. To illustrate

      Boston’s home prices have fallen just over 0.6% the past year … in Phoenix, 9.1%. Boston gas prices went up “just” 13.6% … in Phoenix, 22% … and nationwide, 18% the past year.

      As noted, Vegas has been mired in its deep housing muck for a while … while only now is it hitting Seattle. And the drop in housing values in Seattle is steep and on a rapid decline because, like California’s, its housing bubble was extraordinary and unsustainable. Washington state is the next California, the handwriting’s been on that wall a good long time.


  3. inaformerlifeanexpat
    Apr 07, 2011 @ 02:38:22 I DC, but them the government never runs out of money…or it just thinks it cannot.


  4. inaformerlifeanexpat
    Apr 08, 2011 @ 07:15:41

    No, no. While I have no love for the party that controls the WH or the Senate, this issue is much deeper and gos way beyond the further damage done since 2008. It all comes down to there being no free lunch and a.) is it really wise for people who live in an echo chamber here in DC to decide this for those they in their hearts look down upon? and b.) if you want entitlements, then be prepared to pay for them, even if doing so takes away even more from your pay check than is done now.


    • allycatadventures
      Apr 08, 2011 @ 14:12:48

      @Expat – All that’s well and good yet still strays far from the Conference Board’s study of data specifically on housing values, gas price increases and unemployment rates. Let it be and accept (or not) the data for its intended purpose .


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