Cleveland No Longer Forbes' Most Miserable City




One year ago Forbes proclaimed Cleveland the most miserable city in the history of miserable cities. We did not take kindly to the honor.

Forbes has just released their updated rankings, and — guess what? — Cleveland is no longer holding down the top spot.

(We'll take full credit for the change in ranking. Forbes must have read our groundbreaking feature story on why Cleveland is the best place in the world, a city that Rome would have modeled itself after had Cleveland been built first, and changed their minds.)

The Forest City still comes in at No. 10 on the list, but we'll consider this progress. And we'll also reevaluate our decision to punch Forbes in the nuts. Maybe.

The new most miserable city in America is Stockton, California, which is not interesting at all because it's in California. Here's what they had to say about Cleveland:

Last year's most miserable city drops back thanks to a housing market that never overheated and therefore hasn't crashed like many other metros'. The weather is lousy, corruption persistent and it's a tortured sports market, with no championships since 1964. LeBron James' departure delivered the latest cruel blow last summer.

We fell asleep reading that last paragraph; we wouldn't blame you if you did as well. On the upside, while we were napping, we decided we haven't changed our position on punching Forbes in the nuts.

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