ANDERSON — Most Hoosiers will agree that while Indiana isn't always a "destination state," once you live here you become fiercely loyal to your home, but according to Business Insider three of the country's "most miserable" cities are apparently found right here — including the "most miserable" of all.
That top distinction, which is not one to be proud of, goes to Gary, Indiana.
According to Business Insider:
Gary has 75,000 residents but lost 6% from 2010 to 2018. Just over half of the population works, and 36% live in poverty. The most miserable city in the US was once a manufacturing mecca, but those days are over.
Business Insider used census data from 1,000 cities and compared the population changes, percentage of people working, median household incomes, median commute times, the number of people living in poverty and the percentage of people with healthcare.
Number 23 on the list belongs to Hammond in northern Indiana.
Hammond has about 76,000 people, and its population fell by 6.2% from 2010 to 2018. Sixty-one percent of people are in the labor force, and 22% live in poverty.
And the 35th most miserable city in the country, according to Business Insider, is Anderson.
Anderson has 55,000 residents but lost 2% from 2010 to 2018. Fifty-six percent of people are employed, and one-quarter live in poverty. Things deteriorated for the once thriving GM city, which had 24 factories, when the car-maker closed factories and 23,000 people lost their jobs. It's also been a city that has been dealing with blight. In 2015, the city was given $2.8 million to tear down 100 abandoned homes, and there were hundreds more that could have qualified.
To see the full list of the 50 "most miserable" cities in the country, click here.