|The following is an article from Uncle John's Triumphant 20th Anniversary Bathroom Reader
Downtown Modesto, California, on a Sunday night. One of the oldest corners
in downtown Modesto is dominated by bail bonds businesses. Photo: Inkyhack
Every city has something to be proud of, but some cities, despite their
beauty, charm, or cultural importance, also have features of which they
might be a little less proud. Here are a few cities with dubious distinctions.
• According to a survey by AutoVantage (an auto club like AAA),
Miami, Florida, is the city with the rudest drivers.
• A Cornell University study determined that New York City has
the lowest quality of housing. The World Health Organization says that
New York is also the noisiest city in the United States.
• Because of high divorce and unemployment rates and consistently
gloomy weather, the city statistics analyzing firm BestPlaces named Tacoma,
Washington, the country's most stressful place to live.
• Breathe easy if you don't live in these places: Greenville, South
Carolina (where residents suffer the most respiratory tract infections);
Scranton, Pennsylvania (the worst city for asthma sufferers); and Tulsa,
Oklahoma (the pollen capital of America).
• Based on the number of accidents and fatalities, the International
Federation of Bike Messenger Associations named Boston the most dangerous
place to ride a bike.
• Zero, a group dedicated to slowing population growth, determined
what cities were the best and worst in which to raise children based on
the quality of healthcare, education, public safety, transportation, the
job market, and the natural environment. The best was Fargo, North Dakota;
the worst was Newark, New Jersey.
• According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, Sarasota,
Florida, is the city most hostile toward homeless people.
• Forbes magazine named Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the
worst city for single people. Reasons: expensive beer, few nightclubs,
and not enough single people.
• Worst traffic congestion: Los Angeles. (Not coincidentally, it
also has the worst air pollution.)
• City with the bumpiest, most pothole-infested roads: Seattle.
• In 2007 Men's Health magazine analyzed various cities'
obesity rates, eating habits, and other data, including how much time
people spend exercising and sitting in traffic. Result: Las Vegas was
judged the nation's "fattest city."
• The city with the most suicides per capita is Medford, Oregon.
• Decatur, Illinois, has the highest skin cancer fatality rate.
• America's most rat-infested city is Baltimore.
• New Orleans leads in both gun- and diabetes-related deaths per
• Hallmark Cards call El Paso, Texas, the city with the worst sense
of humor, based on polls in which very few people said they considered
themselves funny. (The city also has very low sales of Hallmark's humorous
• City with the highest percentage of lawyers: Washington, D.C.
Nearly 2% of all residents are attorneys.
• According to the book Cities Ranked and Rated, the worst
overall city in America is Modesto, California. The city scored a 0 on
the book's 100-point scale for its high cost of living, high unemployment
rate, lack of activities, and the highest car theft rate in the United