St. Cloud Makes List of Most Miserable US Cities (Sorta, Kinda, Not Really)
Technically, St. Cloud made the list, but it's really nothing to get worked up about.
Insider.com recently ranked the 1,000 most miserable cities in America. Twenty-four Minnesota cities -- including St. Cloud -- made the list. But before you go eat your feelings out of a deep dish of tater tot hot dish, though, hold on -- it's not as bad as it sounds.
Insider.com referred to the US Census to determine and analyze a number of factors including population change (because if people are leaving it's usually for a good reason), the percentage of people working, median household incomes, the percentage of people without healthcare, median commute times, and the number of people living in poverty. Commonalities among the most miserable cities (we'll say the top 50) were devastation by natural disaster, blight and high crime rates, struggling industries and high rates of addictions.
The most miserable city in America as named by Insider.com is Gary, IN -- a once-booming manufacturing mecca now left desolate. The state with the most miserable cities is California with 10 in the top 50, followed by New Jersey (9) and Florida (6).
While 24 Minnesota cities did make the list of 1,000 none of them even cracked the top half. Duluth just barely missed the first 500 cities coming in at 506, followed by St. Cloud (588), St. Paul (597), Coon Rapids (632), Burnsville (639), Brooklyn Park (659), Bloomington (699), Maplewood (718), Minneapolis (757), Mankato (770), Eagan (843), Moorhead (845), Minnetonka (872), St. Louis Park (879), Apple Valley (885), Rochester (890), Edina (894), Eden Prairie (900), Blaine (914), Shakopee (916), Plymouth (919), Woodbury (947), Maple Grove (949) and Lakeville (962).
You know what is miserable? Snow in the forecast at the end of this week.