These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In Michigan


We used science and data to determine which places in Michigan are the unhappiest of all.

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Do you live in one of the most miserable places in Michigan?

According to a Harris Poll taken in October of 2015, only a third of Americans say they are truly happy. That’s too bad, considering that Americans – especially folks in Michigan – don’t really have it too bad, in the grand scheme of things.

But, we were curious – which Michigan cities might be the most miserable? We’re about to find out, using science and data.

After analyzing the largest cities, we sadly present the most miserable cities in the Wolverine State:

  1. Highland Park (Photos)
  2. Detroit (Photos)
  3. River Rouge (Photos)
  4. Hamtramck (Photos)
  5. Inkster (Photos)
  6. Pontiac (Photos)
  7. Lapeer (Photos)
  8. Benton Harbor (Photos)
  9. Flint (Photos)
  10. Ecorse (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably don’t live in one of these cities.

Oh, and by the way, East Grand Rapids is the happiest place in Michigan.

Or check out the Most Miserable Cities In America.

If you’re looking for something more positive, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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How We Measured The Most Miserable Cities In Michigan

In order to rank the unhappiest places in Michigan, we had to determine what criteria makes people happy. It isn’t a stretch to assume that happy people earn great salaries, are relatively stress free, and have a stable home life.

So we went to the Census’s American Community Survey 2010-2014 report for the criteria, flipped the list, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Percentage of residents with a college degree
  • Average commute times
  • Unemployment rates
  • Cost of living
  • % of married couples
  • % of home owners
  • Poverty rate

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 108 places in Michigan with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 198 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the most miserable (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Miserable Index for each place with the lowest overall Miserable Index ‘earning’ the title ‘Most Miserable City In Michigan’.

If you’d like to see the complete list of states, most miserable to happiest, scroll to the bottom of this post to see the unabridged chart.

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1. Highland Park

Highland Park, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,951
People Who Own Their Home: 24.22%
Married Adults: 15.09%

2. Detroit

Detroit, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 695,437
People Who Own Their Home: 35.47%
Married Adults: 23.11%

3. River Rouge

River Rouge, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,761
People Who Own Their Home: 42.0%
Married Adults: 23.48%

4. Hamtramck

Hamtramck, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 22,256
People Who Own Their Home: 36.44%
Married Adults: 45.68%

5. Inkster

Inkster, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,056
People Who Own Their Home: 41.79%
Married Adults: 26.48%

6. Pontiac

Pontiac, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 59,658
People Who Own Their Home: 37.3%
Married Adults: 28.61%

7. Lapeer

Lapeer, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,801
People Who Own Their Home: 44.15%
Married Adults: 35.55%

8. Benton Harbor

Benton Harbor, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,056
People Who Own Their Home: 27.68%
Married Adults: 18.69%

9. Flint

Flint, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 100,569
People Who Own Their Home: 42.15%
Married Adults: 25.79%

10. Ecorse

Ecorse, Michigan

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,401
People Who Own Their Home: 44.61%
Married Adults: 30.81%

There You Have It

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the most miserable cities in {state} is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people are not stable, where you’re stuck in traffic, and no one spent the time to go to college, then this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the happiest cities in {state}, according to science:
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Detailed List Of Miserable Places In Michigan

City Rank People Who Own Their Home
Highland Park 1 24.22%
Detroit 2 35.47%
River Rouge 3 42.0%
Hamtramck 4 36.44%
Inkster 5 41.79%
Pontiac 6 37.3%
Lapeer 7 44.15%
Benton Harbor 8 27.68%
Flint 9 42.15%
Ecorse 10 44.61%
Hazel Park 11 50.93%
Big Rapids 12 33.15%
Hartford 13 59.0%
Beecher 14 49.13%
Buena Vista 15 45.71%
Muskegon Heights 16 40.4%
Ypsilanti 17 28.02%
Mount Clemens 18 49.69%
Muskegon 19 42.06%
Jackson 20 43.83%
Ionia 21 50.19%
Saginaw 22 48.83%
Decatur 23 55.45%
Albion 24 45.82%
Three Rivers 25 46.62%
Kalamazoo 26 39.39%
Adrian 27 47.44%
Oak Park 28 50.91%
Romulus 29 59.37%
Wayne 30 51.18%
Sandusky 31 48.39%
Dowagiac 32 49.09%
Bangor 33 52.91%
Comstock Park 34 41.55%
Harrison 35 41.18%
Lansing 36 44.84%
Port Huron 37 48.64%
Eastwood 38 49.37%
Mount Pleasant 39 31.09%
Greenville 40 48.13%
Eaton Rapids 41 50.17%
Harper Woods 42 55.42%
Roseville 43 59.74%
Southfield 44 44.31%
Springfield 45 43.67%
Grand Rapids 46 49.83%
Center Line 47 46.49%
Hudson 48 55.94%
Melvindale 49 52.86%
West Monroe 50 64.72%
Owosso 51 55.16%
Eastpointe 52 63.73%
Davison 53 50.5%
Niles 54 48.95%
Belding 55 56.79%
Escanaba 56 57.1%
Ferndale 57 53.75%
Westland 58 54.35%
Auburn Hills 59 43.98%
Alma 60 50.01%
Marquette 61 44.75%
Lincoln Park 62 64.32%
Allendale 63 55.37%
Madison Heights 64 57.75%
Utica 65 51.46%
Taylor 66 60.81%
Fenton 67 53.99%
Warren 68 65.44%
Ironwood 69 58.19%
Hillsdale 70 45.33%
Howell 71 47.43%
Walled Lake 72 53.77%
Battle Creek 73 51.32%
Houghton 74 36.72%
East Lansing 75 31.42%
Bay City 76 60.88%
Belleville 77 51.1%
Grand Blanc 78 53.72%
Westwood 79 53.4%
Coldwater 80 52.31%
Wixom 81 48.29%
New Haven 82 70.14%
Dearborn 83 61.68%
Ludington 84 46.55%
Dearborn Heights 85 68.93%
Manistee 86 45.7%
Sturgis 87 55.91%
Ann Arbor 88 42.7%
Charlotte 89 55.61%
Otsego 90 61.99%
Burton 91 65.84%
Alpena 92 57.33%
Manchester 93 65.54%
Monroe 94 55.52%
Allegan 95 51.34%
Cadillac 96 50.96%
Holly 97 64.88%
Southgate 98 60.53%
Menominee 99 63.05%
Wyoming 100 61.64%
Traverse City 101 51.89%
Richmond 102 63.01%
Grand Haven 103 54.59%
Petoskey 104 42.43%
Bridgeport 105 69.49%
Hastings 106 58.51%
Fremont 107 64.36%
Cutlerville 108 63.23%
Sterling Heights 109 69.79%
Clinton 110 76.55%
Oxford 111 58.79%
Flushing 112 62.97%
Sparta 113 58.66%
Fair Plain 114 59.21%
Wyandotte 115 67.25%
Holland 116 59.15%
Fraser 117 66.82%
Tecumseh 118 61.97%
Lowell 119 59.82%
Garden City 120 76.0%
Clawson 121 66.0%
Kentwood 122 55.79%
Comstock Northwest 123 46.29%
Flat Rock 124 68.27%
South Monroe 125 64.57%
Riverview 126 61.58%
Ishpeming 127 63.78%
Marshall 128 57.23%
Whitehall 129 60.66%
Vicksburg 130 69.15%
Milford 131 67.86%
Brighton 132 56.14%
Rockwood 133 64.19%
Swartz Creek 134 66.18%
Plymouth 135 54.91%
Haslett 136 55.41%
Royal Oak 137 62.65%
Waverly 138 51.87%
Ithaca 139 60.74%
Walker 140 58.57%
Portland 141 61.41%
Milan 142 65.41%
Midland 143 60.54%
Whitmore Lake 144 67.14%
Chelsea 145 56.35%
Grandville 146 69.01%
Lambertville 147 81.23%
Farmington 148 57.49%
South Lyon 149 65.66%
Rochester 150 58.81%
Marysville 151 75.9%
Farmington Hills 152 57.76%
Trenton 153 74.86%
Gladstone 154 62.18%
Kingsford 155 70.7%
Grosse Pointe 156 73.13%
Mason 157 52.55%
Northview 158 72.71%
Grand Ledge 159 57.93%
Okemos 160 62.37%
Novi 161 62.33%
Woodhaven 162 65.64%
Portage 163 64.38%
Berkley 164 75.88%
Troy 165 69.31%
Zeeland 166 64.24%
Norton Shores 167 78.41%
Allen Park 168 81.0%
Rochester Hills 169 71.6%
Rockford 170 68.1%
Hudsonville 171 70.98%
New Baltimore 172 79.19%
Northville 173 67.13%
Williamston 174 62.42%
Dexter 175 62.78%
Saline 176 70.47%
Holt 177 69.41%
Linden 178 77.16%
Grosse Pointe Park 179 66.67%
Iron Mountain 180 64.84%
Livonia 181 80.7%
Lake Fenton 182 76.79%
Grosse Pointe Woods 183 83.81%
Freeland 184 78.37%
Auburn 185 61.92%
Grosse Pointe Farms 186 92.01%
Shields 187 76.57%
Temperance 188 80.02%
Beverly Hills 189 84.55%
Byron Center 190 89.51%
Franklin 191 87.73%
Spring Lake 192 65.87%
Birmingham 193 69.15%
Jenison 194 81.26%
Bath 195 84.82%
Huntington Woods 196 92.87%
Forest Hills 197 91.88%
East Grand Rapids 198 90.08%

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