The 'most miserable cities in the US' list is a downright depressing look at some of the places where people are most unhappy. Unfortunately, three Michigan cities make the threshold.

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What Makes a City Miserable?

Insider crunched the numbers and is quick to point out there was a distinction between 'worst' and 'most miserable' when they came up with the Top 50 list.

The publication took the following factors into account when coming up with the ranking:

  • Population Change - because if more people are moving out than moving in, it's not usually a good sign.)
  • Percentage of people working
  • Median household income
  • Percentage of people without healthcare
  • Median commute times
  • The number of people living in poverty

States With the Most Miserable Cities

The state with the most miserable cities on the list is California with 10, followed by New Jersey with nine, and Florida with six.

Three Michigan cities made the list, and you can likely predict which of the usual suspects made this list.

#31 - Saginaw

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Saginaw makes Insider's list because it lost 6% of its population from 2010 to 2018. The latest data available indicates that 55% of the population is working while 34% of Saginaw's population is living in poverty.

#7 - Flint

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As is often the case, Flint lands on many lists of this sort because of the high number of people living in poverty. A full 41% of its residents live below the poverty line, the highest percentage of all the cities that made the list. Like Saginaw, Flint also saw a 6% decrease in population over an eight year period.

#3 - Detroit

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Michigan's highest-ranking city on the most miserable cities list is Detroit. The Motor City has also seen a large decline in population and the latest data available indicates that 38% of the residents are living in poverty. Detroit's median household income is just $27,838.

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