Well fellow strugglers, we are a hair’s breadth from being declared the US city where it is “hardest to get by” according to Forbes‘ calculations. Ignominiously edged out by Providence (Providence?! Really?), we can still take some measure of pride in our position at the vanguard of economic collapse. Go team!
“To determine which of the 50 largest U.S. metropolitan statistical areas . . . squeeze residents most, [Forbes] measured cost of living, unemployment rate and median income in each.” LA, unsurprisingly, did okay on median income ($56,680) but pretty crappy on cost of living index (48 points above national average) and unemployment (10.2%).
Numbers three, four and five on the list were Riverside, California; Tampa, Florida; and Buffalo, New York.
Sing it along with me: “It’s a hard world to get a break in. All the good things have been taken…”