My ex-hometown, long exed, made the Forbes list. The list of most miserable places to live. Why? Fast growth coupled with fast unemployment and accelerating violent crime:
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.
Places more miserable than Charlotte: Detriot, MI, Stockton, CA, Flint, MI, NYC and LA. All with high violent crime and high unemployment.