When it comes to the 150 most miserable cities in America, we’re number 7. This, coming from the super-fantastic money magazine Forbes. They came up with our ranking with a highly scientific and very sexy formula, which incorporates the Misery Index and the Misery Score.
The Misery Index adds the unemployment rate to the inflation rate.
The Misery Score is the sum of corporate, personal, employer and sales taxes in different countries.
Forbes went a step further to invent The Misery Measure. They added four more factors that can make people miserable: commute times, weather, crime and toxic waste.
L.A.’s Misery Measure? Anyone? Anyone?
In sunny L.A., the weather is almost perfect. Everything else, not so perfect. If you are not stuck in traffic or forking over your earnings to put a dent in the state’s massive budget deficit, chances are, you are choking on the city’s polluted air.
Thank you, Forbes, for yet another pointless city ranking.