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Chicago Makes List of Cities to Leave

Published: Thursday, June 19, 2014 12:27 p.m. CDT

By Paul Tooher

The Windy City was recently named to a list that was sure to “spark some controversy" because "plenty of people love Chicago.”

Although the city often appears on lists of great places to live, Cities Journal stated, “that doesn’t mean they should live in this town plagued by long commutes, foreclosures, a lagging housing market, high dropout rates, even higher gas prices and a serious gun violence program.”

The Windy City made their top 15 list of cities to run away from.

The Journal noted that “Chicago garnered the #4 spot on Forbes’ list of America’s most miserable cities, with the housing market alone offering reason to leave. Flee-ers are most definitely not alone; in fact, Chicago boasts the sixth highest external migration rates out of the country’s 200 largest metro areas.”

Chicago ranked 14th on the Journal’s cities-to-move-out-of list, just ahead of St. Louis.

Rampant vehicle theft, stress, high sales and gas taxes, as well as government corruption are all reasons cited by the Journal for Chicago’s ranking.

Camden, N.J., ranked first, with the Journal noting that “The U.S. Census Bureau deemed Camden to be the country’s most impoverished city with nearly half of its residents living in poverty. While resident Walt Whitman once forecast the city’s invincibility, Camden has been brought to its knees by race riots, civic corruption, low income and high crime rates.

“When the governor himself declares your town the most dangerous in America, you’ve got a serious problem,” the Journal added.

Other cities on the top 15 list include Detroit; Buffalo, N.Y.; Hartford, Conn.; Springfield, Mass.; Paterson, N.J.; Atlantic City, N.J.; Philadelphia; Anchorage, Alaska; Milwaukee; East Los Angeles; Cleveland and Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

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