Rockford Is The Only Illinois Town On This Unfortunate List
It’s been a while since a list like this came out and Rockford landed on it, again.
The post titled “The Happiest (and Most Miserable) Cities in America” took a look at the top 25 happiest and I guess, saddest cities in the country.
The happiest city in the U.S. is Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island in Florida. While the most miserable in the country is Fort Smith, Arkansas.
So where does Rockford land on the list? Unfortunately, the Forest City is on the “miserable” side of things, ranking #12.
According to Yahoo!, “Rockford’s population is shrinking. The population declined by 2.5% between 2010 and 2015, while populations grew nationwide and in most metro areas. Just 72.9% of surveyed area residents are satisfied with the place in which they live, much lower than the comparable national share of 85.0% and one of the lowest percentages of areas reviewed.”
Strangely, the city I grew up in, Chicago didn’t make the list. Depending on who you ask you’d think the Chi-city is a shoo-in for either happiest or most miserable city in the U.S.