Looking at nine factors: crime, unemployment, foreclosures, taxes, home prices, commute times and weather, Rockford and Chicago have earned the No. 3 and No. 4 spots on Forbes' list of the most miserable cities in America.
According to the magazine, Rockford earned the number 3 spot because a three decade decline in the manufacturing base has hurt Rockford's economy and kept unemployment high - currently at 11.2%, which is one of the highest rates in the U.S. On top of that, the city has high property tax rates.
Chicago came in number 4 because its residents must endure the misery of long commutes, plummeting home prices, brutal winters and high foreclosure rates. The migration rate out of Chicago is the sixth worst among the 200 largest metros.