America’s Most Miserable Cities: Not Good Places to Buy a Second Home

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Eight of the top twenty cities on this “life sucks here” list are in California, which makes me sad because I LOVE Cali. But not sure I’d ever buy a home there, even in Pebble Beach, unless I had oodles of high net worth. (And I LOVE San Diego.) So check out this list. Miami and Fort Lauderdale are big no-no’s, high foreclosures, crime, you-name-it. But kind of surprising to see that both the current and former home of President Obama are on the list, my our home town of Chicago and his new town of D.C:

Chicago ranks seventh on the strength of its long commutes (30.7 minutes on average–eighth-worst in the U.S.) and high sales tax (9.75%—tied for the highest). The Windy City also ranks in the bottom quartile on weather, crime, foreclosures and home price trends.

President Obama’s (relatively) new home also makes the cut at No. 16. Washington, D.C., has one of the healthiest economies, but problems abound. Traffic is a nightmare, with commute times averaging 33.4 minutes–only New York is worse. Income tax rates are among the highest in the country and home prices are down 27% over three years.

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  1. Scott M. says

    Yes dear, but Stockton, Merced, Modesto, Sacramento, Fresno, Salinas, and Bakersfield were never garden spots, even in the best of times. That's like bragging that you live in Los Angeles, when you actually live in Watts or South Central under the power lines.

  2. Scott M. says

    Yes dear, but Stockton, Merced, Modesto, Sacramento, Fresno, Salinas, and Bakersfield were never garden spots, even in the best of times. That's like bragging that you live in Los Angeles, when you actually live in Watts or South Central under the power lines.