23 California Cities Rank Among The 'Most Miserable' Places In The US

By Logan DeLoye

April 19, 2024

Inner city streets - Camden, NJ
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Would you consider your city to be a particularly miserable place to live?

"Misery" is a matter of opinion but factors such as "crime rate, median income, and commute time" all play into a miserable reputation. While you might not be miserable in your city, the aforementioned factors could cause someone to dream of living in a place where crime is less common, homes are more affordable, and commute time is non existent.

While no city is perfect, some are simply not an ideal place to live based on U.S Census Data.

According to a list complied by Herald Weekly, the most miserable cities in California are Compton, Palmdale, Bell Gardens, El Monte, Montebello, Hemet, Lynwood, Lancaster, San Bernardino, Huntington Park, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Jose, Stockton, Riverside, Fresno, Bakersfield, Emeryville, Los Angeles, Mendota, Adelanto, Firebaugh, and Corcoran.

Here's what Herald Weekly had to say about a few of the most miserable cities in California:


"Compton is struggling with a special set of problems. About 40% of the population in this city is unemployed and lives off benefits. With such a high rate of people out of work, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that 23% of the population lives in poverty and struggles on a day-to-day basis."


"It’s a bit of a gamble to buy a house in Palmdale. Since 19% of the population lives in poverty, Palmdale was once known as the foreclosure capital of California. It was the dream; it was the future; however, it has only been going downhill, and things are not looking as if they are going to change."

For a continued list of the most miserable cities in the country visit heraldweekly.com.

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