California is No. 1! Tops list of states with most ‘miserable’ cities

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Of the 50 most “miserable” cities in the United States, a whopping 20 percent of them reside in America’s most radically left-wing state, California, according to analysis by Business Insider.

“We’ve identified the 50 most miserable cities in the US, using census data from 1,000 cities, taking into consideration population change … 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,” the outlet revealed late last month.

The states with the most miserable cities were the Democrat state of California with 10 cities, the Democrat state of New Jersey with nine cities and the swing state of Florida with six cities.

Texas, one of the largest states by land mass (268,596.46 square miles) and number of municipalities (1,209) meanwhile boasted only five miserable cities. California, on the other hand, boasted significantly more, despite it having only 478 municipalities.

Municipalities are relevant because a state with more municipalities is likely to contain more miserable cities. It’s like reaching into a jar of M&M’s. The more M&M’s you add to the jar, the more red M&M’s will invariably be in it. But as seen by the numbers above, this general trend doesn’t seem to hold true when comparing Texas to California.

California first shows up on the list at 10th place with Huntington Park — which lies in the Los Angeles metropolitan area — because of its abundance of poverty and illegal aliens.

“The Los Angeles Times describes Huntington Park as a ‘working class haven,’ which has affordable housing, but high poverty rates mean many struggle to purchase homes,” Business Insider reported in its ruling. “The area is more than 97 percent Latino and has been called an ‘entry point for immigrants.’ A reasonable portion of those immigrants are unauthorized and can’t vote, resulting in low political engagement for the area.”

The median Huntington Park home value is $442,500, while the median household income is only $38,106. That’s a fairly large contrast — one that can be seen throughout all of California.

Using data from the American Community Survey, two years ago Zippia found that California ranks fourth in “highest income inequality” and second in “fastest growing income inequality.”

California shows up on Business Insider’s list again because of Bell Gardens (poverty), Lynwood (policies), El Monte (poverty), Palmdale (poverty, foreclosures), Montbello (poverty, lack of health insurance, unaffordable housing), Compton (unemployment, poverty, violence), San Bernardino (unemployment, poverty), Hemet (poverty, crime) and Lancaster (poverty, crime, drug addiction, neo-Nazis).

It doesn’t appear that Business Insider factored homelessness into its equation. Had it been included, a slew of California’s metropolitan areas would have likely also made the list.

“Almost half (47 percent) of all sheltered homeless people are found in the state of California, about four times as high as California’s share of the overall U.S. population,” a report from the Council on Economic Advisers released last month reads.

The report was released around the time that President Donald Trump traveled to California to campaign for the 2020 election and also address the state’s growing homelessness crisis.

“We can’t let Los Angeles, San Francisco and numerous other cities destroy themselves by allowing what’s happening,” he said while speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One en route to San Francisco.

“We have people living in our … best highways, our best streets, our best entrances to buildings … where people in those buildings pay tremendous taxes, where they went to those locations because of the prestige,” he continued.

“In many cases, they came from other countries and they moved to Los Angeles or they moved to San Francisco because of the prestige of the city, and all of a sudden they have tents,” he added. “Hundreds and hundreds of tents and people living at the entrance to their office building. And they want to leave. And the people of San Francisco are fed up, and the people of Los Angeles are fed up.”

It’s not clear whether his efforts will engender any change, given as California’s root problems remain — namely, its Democrat leaders’ policies.

If anything, the situation in the left-wing state is destined to grow even worse thanks to the latest policy that forces the ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft to treat their contractors as employees. This move is expected to lead to a collapse of the companies and thus many layoffs.

“But when AB5 goes into effect, which could take a while given how it completely upturns the sector, these companies will suddenly be left with costs for which they never planned,” the Foundation for Economic Education has warned. “For many, these costs will be impossible to afford and could signal their end. And with fewer gig economy options available to workers, that means less financial opportunities for would-be hardworking Californians.”


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