Detroit has been placed on the first spot in the 2013 List of America’s Most Miserable Cities.

If in 2011 Forbes wrote an article about Detroit calling it the ‘City of Hope’, this year Mayor Dave Bing told the magazine “Right now, it’s all about survival,” as the city’s problems continue to deepen and multiply. The high levels of unemployment and violent crime have prompted an increase of 35% in migration out of the city over the past three years.

As the city is in the impossibility of paying its bills, it might soon be taken over by the state. All these have placed the city on the first spot in the 2013 ranking of America’s Most Miserable Cities among the 200 largest metro areas in the United States. The factors taken into consideration to make this list are: unemployment, violent crime, taxes, foreclosures, home prices, and even commute times and weather. In 2012 Detroit took the second place after Miami.

Detroit’s problems are not new, as in 1992 it was downgraded to the junk level by Moody’s. Although in 2011 the level of violent crime dropped 5%, it still remains the highest in the country 1,052 violent crimes per 100,000 people. The lack of money also led to significant cutbacks to the police force, which subsequently forced people to leave the city.

“There is no question that Detroit has many challenges,” Bing said in a statement to Forbes today. “With all due respect to the data in this report, Detroit is in the midst of a transformation. That transformation is being driven by my restructuring plan, which is focused on four key areas: public safety; public lighting; public transportation; and neighborhood blight removal.”


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