Forbes names Toledo a ‘Most Miserable City’Written by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Forbes ranked Toledo as the No. 12 of 20 U.S. cities on its “America’s Most Miserable Cities” list released Feb. 2.
The magazine cites the reason for this ranking as “A recent economic analysis of the Toledo metro forecast that employment would not return to pre-recession levels until after 2025. Unemployment has averaged 10.6% during the past three years.”
Other Ohio cities included on the list were Cleveland at No. 10 and Youngstown at No. 14. Detroit also made the list at No. 15.
Each year, Forbes ranks the top 20 most miserable cities based on different factors. Last year the money magazine ranked Toledo No. 15 on its list.
To rank cities, Forbes looked at the 200 largest metropolitan areas in the United States, with the minimum population of 249,000 to be eligible.
It ranked the cities based on 10 factors, including unemployment during the past three years, tax rates, commute times, violent crimes, weather and how a city’s professional sports teams fared, according to a Forbes article on methodology. Housing prices and foreclosure rates as well as convictions of public officials in each region were also considered.
Area politicians believe the ranking is an inaccurate portrayal of Toledo.
“We ought to extend an invitation to the editors of Forbes to come to Toledo; I think they’d change their mind in a hurry,” said Councilman Mike Craig.
Craig said Toledo may be suffering economically, but so are a lot of other cities in the Rust Belt and those cities don’t have anything over Toledo.
“There’s a lot of value to living in Toledo and I think [Forbes] is misinformed,” he said.
Councilman Joe McNamara thinks the methodology is flawed.
“We shouldn’t be rated or compared to other cities on factors we can’t control; like weather and the presence of a pro sports team,” he said.
McNamara said the methodology also doesn’t factor in the positive things happening in Toledo, like the number of cultural entities in the city and its push to be a hub of alternative energies.
Councilman D. Michael Collins said he’s disappointed because he does not think Forbes appropriately defined Toledo.
“I’m not questioning their integrity, but I do think Toledo, and Northwest Ohio, has been and remains a city to live in that as far more advantages than disadvantages,” he said.
Collins said Toledo has a brilliant future and if public education and confidence in municipal is fixed, the sky is the limit for Toledo.
“I believe both of these are doable,” he said. “If we have a sustained effort to correct both of these, not only our reputation of Toledo but the quality of life will be look upon by the nation as a very desirable place to live.”
To see Forbes’ rankings, visit www.forbes.com/2011/02/02/stockton-miami-cleveland-business-washington-miserable-cities.