Chicago Improves Miserableness

Forbes Magazine is out with its annual list. And things are... better. Sorta.

By Aixa Velez
|  Saturday, Feb 20, 2010  |  Updated 10:45 AM CDT
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A Chicago 2016 supporter reacts during the announcement from the 121st International Olympic Committee on the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Chicago, Friday, Oct. 2, 2009. Chicago was eliminated after the first vote in Copenhagen. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

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Mayor Daley has taken very personally a recent Forbes magazine article ranking Chicago as the third most miserable city in the country.
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It's gotten better, but Chicago is still miserable.  So says Forbes.

The magazine listed the most miserable and stressful cities, and the Windy City found itself on the list -- again.

There can be a little ease knowing that Chicago dropped to 10th place on the list this year instead of its high ranking third place in 2009.

Mayor Daley couldn’t believe Chicago made the list last year, so maybe he’ll be a little more pleased with our 10th place ranking.

What makes it so miserable? The city’s highest sales tax of 10.25 percent is a first step, and not to mention the long commutes to get places.

But aside from those things, Chicago’s failure to get the 2016 Olympics pretty much guaranteed its spot in the top ten miserable cities.

Forbes’ Misery Measure takes into account unemployment, taxes, commute times, violent crime and how its pro sports teams have fared over the past two years.

This years top three miserable cities were Cleveland, Ohio, Stockton, Calif., and Memphis Tenn. America's Most Miserable Cities


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