Michigan is home to the Great Lakes, the Mighty Mac, amazing scenery, and some awesome cities and towns throughout the state.

Even with all of the good stuff, Michigan also has some miserable towns. Actually, four cities in Michigan made the list of most miserable cities in America.

Science A2Z revealed information from the U.S. Census about cities that are miserable throughout the United States. They took into account factors like poverty, unemployment, crime and gun violence when establishing this list. A miserable town is certain to have poor numbers in these categories to be ranked that miserable.

Towns that are considered miserable around the U.S. include cities like Cleveland, Ohio. Science A2Z says this about Cleveland:

In 2010, Cleveland was dubbed the most miserable city in the U.S. by Forbes. More than ten years later, its reputation hasn’t changed at all. Commonly known as “the mistake by the lake” about its proximity to Lake Erie, Cleveland isn’t a place anyone wants to live. Data revealed that roughly 35% of Cleveland’s population lives in poverty, even though half of those people are employed. People simply don’t make enough to survive in this town, which explains why it’s such a miserable city.

With this compelling review about Cleveland, let's take a look at what was said about the four cities in Michigan that made the top fifty list of most miserable cities in the U.S.

Michigan Cities That Rank in Top Fifty Most Miserable in U.S.

Saginaw, Michigan

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Science A2Z says:

The closure of GM factories has had a severe impact on Saginaw. The factories used to employ 25,000 people, but all of them lost their jobs when the factory shut down. Since 2010, the population in Saginaw has decreased by 6%. In addition to this, Saginaw is plagued with gun violence. Thirty shootings were reported in 2018, lending even more reason for residents to escape this town.

Flint, Michigan

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Photo by Adam Maloney on Unsplash

Science A2Z says this about Flint:

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Flint is on this list. After all, most people are aware of the Flint water crisis. Beyond the contaminated water, however, Flint also has a 41% poverty rate. It’s one of the poorest cities on this list. As if dirty water wasn’t bad enough, Flint also struggles with a severe opioid crisis, 20,000 abandoned buildings, and a high rate of violence. Suffice it to say, living in Flint is somewhat of a nightmare for many reasons.

Lansing, Michigan

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via TSM Lansing

Science A2Z didn't hold back:

What makes this city so miserable is the shocking crime rate. According to Business Insider, the city was rocked with 52 violent crimes per 10, 000 residents. It's also one of the few cities in which the crime rate is rising and not dropping, particularly in the last five years.

Detroit, Michigan

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Photo Courtesy of Google Maps

Science A2Z had this to say about the D:

Detroit has long been labeled as one of the ugliest cities in the United States. Businesses that once thrived are now neglected. Derelict buildings fill the city and crime rates are too high.

Each of these cities listed as the most miserable also have some very positive attributes that make them home to many people. The D is looking better every year, Lansing has work to do, Saginaw keeps fighting hard and Flint never gives up.

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