- This sign would surely change Portfolio's mind.
Cleveland, already the "most miserable" city in America according to Forbes, gets knocked again in rankings put out last week by Portfolio. In the rankings for "Quality of Life" among big cities, Cleveland falls 59th out of 67. So it's time to freak out, pack up a U-Haul, and study the list for a city that has a better quality of life, like the shining beacon of happiness that is Allentown-Bethlehem, PA.
Cleveland did top Los Angeles, which came in at number 60. If you want to know how and why Portfolio ranked the cities as they did, the gory details are after the jump. Warning: They are boring.
Basically, they cobbled together a bunch of categories — poverty, housing, growth, transportation, income, unemployment, education — and pretended that you could extrapolate people's feelings about their life based on that. Nowhere did they include Number of Sporting Events That Crush Your Heart, Number of Politicians Who've Ridden in Batmobiles, or Number of LeBron James's Who Are Holding Your City Hostage, however.
You get the point.