2 Cities in Georgia have placed in the top 50 for being the most miserable in America according to BusinessInsider.com.
They identified the 50 most miserable cities in the US, using census data from 1,000 cities, taking into consideration population change (because if people are leaving it’s usually for a good reason), the percentage of people working, median household incomes, the percentage of people without healthcare, median commute times, and the number of people living in poverty. (See the data and how we weighted it here.)
Often, these cities have been devastated by natural disasters. They’ve had to deal with blight and with high crime rates. Economies have struggled after the industry has collapsed. These cities also tend to have high rates of addiction.
The state with the most miserable cities was California, with 10 in the top 50. New Jersey was second, with nine, and Florida had six.
While Columbus did not make the list for Georgia, Macon and
47. Macon-Bibb County, Georgia
Macon-Bibb County has 153,000 people, but it lost 1.7% of its population from 2010 to 2018. Fifty-six percent are working, and 26% live in poverty.
One of Macon-Bibb County’s biggest problems is blight. Across the city there are about 3,700 unoccupied buildings, including dilapidated homes and overgrown yards.
18. Albany, Georgia
Nicknamed “the good life city,” Albany has 75,000 people, though its population fell by almost 3% from 2010 to 2018. Nearly 58% of the population is working, and a third live in poverty.
Along with poverty and crime, it also has been dealing with severe damage and ruined crops from a severe tornado and Hurricane Irma in the past few years.