America's Uneven Economic Recovery: The 10 Best and 10 Worst Cities

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Washington DCFor the past few months, reports have repeatedly affirmed that the economy is slowly improving. However, as one recent study highlights, some areas are recovering much faster than others. In fact, depending on where you live, the future may be bright ... or bleak.

Last week, CredAbility, a nonprofit credit counseling service, released the Consumer Distress Index, which cataloged the rates of economic recovery across America. Based on 65 surveys conducted by the federal government, private credit companies, and other groups, CredAbility's index analyzes employment, housing, credit, household budget and net worth statistics to determine which areas of the country are surging ahead and which are lagging behind.

Mark Cole, executive vice president and chief operations officer for CredAbility, notes that, while the country is recovering, "people at different levels are experiencing the recovery at very different speeds." This has been especially hard on the middle class: "The average family is still lagging behind," Cole says. "For them, it's been a slow, grinding recovery."

When it comes to individual states, CredAbility's survey paints an optimistic picture. In comparison to the last quarter of 2011, situations have improved across the country, and no states are classed as being in the lowest "Emergency Crisis" level. On the other hand, none garner the top rating of "Excellent, Secure," and only two achieve the B-level "Good, Stable" rating.

On the citywide level, the economic situation varies widely. Currently, CredAbility ranks the distress levels of America's 25 largest cities, and the company plans to extend its survey to the top 75 later this year. While their list has a few limitations -- for example, some states, like Nevada, don't have any cities in the top 25, while others have several -- it gives a glimpse of the best and worst metropolitan areas to live right now. For a look at the winners and losers, click on the gallery below.



Bruce Watson is a senior features writer for DailyFinance. You can reach him by e-mail at bruce.watson@teamaol.com, or follow him on Twitter at @bruce1971.




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Mingo

Recovery ?????????????????????????????????? Where is there there real recovery ? Where is there a real unemployment stat. The Feds just said last week we are still on the down side . This week they say we are slipping back into a recession and to top it off they stated that over 50% os students graduating from college will not find jobs Still we here of companies moving jobs from america and that china has purchased more of our homeland Wake -up america this is the season of lies and for the most part the press is helping with those lies

May 24 2012 at 8:51 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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Setanta

now now mingo--the ministry of propaganda sez so ,SO IT MUST BE TRUTH !
put the lame stream outta business and the sooner the better - EDUCATE ALL YOU CROSS PATHS WITH and in the course of the day,it has to be a few.
explain it,break it down for them--do whatever it takes.
supermarket and gas stations are the best places--
spell it all out for them-
now i'm NOT SAYING others are stupid or ignorant BUT they have been asleep and BELIEVE the $#!t they see and hear on the tv/radio and read on websites like AOL,huufffand puff etc.

May 24 2012 at 10:57 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
ha6ai

Oh, by the way, there is no "economic recovery". You are reading Obama-media.

May 24 2012 at 2:52 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
ha6ai

Ignore Bruce Watson. Ignore HuffPuff-Obama-media.

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Obama forcing Catholics to pay for and provide abortion on demand (including late-term abortions where legal), abortion pills, sterilization, and contraception, is a an un-American fascist attack on the First Amendment, and Freedom of Religion!

Religious freedom is under attack by Obama.

Have you heard about these law suits? WHERE is this reported by the left-wing media?

May 24 2012 at 2:50 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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Setanta

oooooooh don't worry,huffingho will slap this one up under the bs on the WAR ON WOMEN and their USUAL ANTICATHOLIC line and all the trolls,dwebes and drones will chime in with THEIR ABORTION CONTRACEPTIVE RANT.
BUT WHAT ALL ARE NEGLECTING TO STATE IS that islam got a pass and is NOT included in this mandate THE SAME AS MANY UNIONS and YES I SAID UNIONS are also exempt .--amish ,christian scientists and one or 2 others also EXEMPT.

May 24 2012 at 11:02 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Setanta

here's ANOTHER GOOD ONE--illegals GET TAX CREDITS FOR EARNED INCOME and OF COURSE FRAUD IS INVOLVED as THEY CLAIM x,y,and abc to Z as dependents BILLIONS LOOTED on top of THEIR WELFARE SCAM-
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A bill that would close an IRS tax credit loophole that allows the IRS to funnel over $4 billion to illegal immigrants is being held up by Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV). Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and the Ranking Member of the Senate Budget Committee, has been vocal in his disdain for the blatant misuse of taxpayer monies: I’m disappointed that the Majority Leader objected to our effort today to prevent billions in tax credits from being wrongly sent to illegal immigrants claiming they have dependents, many of whom do not live in...
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go to freerepublic.com breitbart drudge FOR THE UNADULTERATED/VERIFIABLE NEWS
and from there you will GET MORE websites etc

May 24 2012 at 11:19 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Mark

The news media has been telling us for the past 3 years that we are in "recovery". I will believe it when I see it. But then California is always last to recover. Another liberal state, been that way for over 50 years. We never seem to learn out here.

May 24 2012 at 1:24 AM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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firecicles

Ohio is a Republican state and they are having a bad recovery as well....

May 24 2012 at 1:51 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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Setanta

LOL--is ohio anywhere near the decline of californicate ?
mediyuuuh still shills for cali and cali is DYING due to the illegals and THEIR EXPENSES -and the political ****** that are SUPPOSED TO REPRESENT THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE.
finally taxpayers and BUSINESSES are leaving and setting up in other states NOT SCREWED via taxation and bs regulations .

May 24 2012 at 11:05 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down
Setanta

he he he ............ now why was the word "w h o r e " deleted ? it is a legit word and aptly DESCRIBES the sell out polticians that are more concerned with illegal LAWBREAKERS than their TAX PAYING CONSTITUENTS.
WAKE EM ALL UP and go door to door and get IT DONE.
this has to end.

May 24 2012 at 11:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down
trbgd

Huff and Puff sucks

May 23 2012 at 9:41 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
democracks0

Evan recently exchanged his orange jump suit for an ankle bracelet.

May 23 2012 at 9:40 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
benbgallaher

To view this economic tundra as a conservative/liberal issue is dumb as onions, and it's phenomenally petty to even introduce such binary concepts. Wealthy people run the show. All the others (that's us) bicker among themselves about how much"these people" or "those people" don't know how to do anything or what have you--and they're so busy with being puerile dolts that they don't see the decisions made AT EVERYONE'S EXPENSE. Think of how the energy from all of this invective could be put to constructive use.

May 23 2012 at 9:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Setanta

bennie ? onions ain't dumb they are a very valuable form of the lily family and work well for infections and even hair restoration.
NOW when has a political ho done such WORK ? and at such a cheap cost ????
and IF YOU CANNOT UNDERSTAND that there IS and ALWAYS WAS a distinct differing opinion between a conservative and a lib--you need HELP.

May 24 2012 at 11:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
democracks0

Evans a dope.

May 23 2012 at 9:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ohmyboehnertwo

A RIGHT TO WORK STATE IS REALLY A RIGHT TO WORK FOR LESS MONEY.

May 23 2012 at 9:01 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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democracks0

A right to work states keeps unions from stealing union dues from your paycheck.

May 23 2012 at 9:09 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
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Setanta

aaaaaaaaaaand that's WHY the diMs and their minions and drones will CONTINUE to post SCATOLOGY as NO UNIONS ??? no DNC piggybank---THANK G_D the word is FINALLY OUT AS TO WHAT THESE UNIONS DO with members union dues and ALL WITHOUT CONSENT.

May 24 2012 at 11:24 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down
Jay

Notice how many of the worst cities are in or were in democratic control? Now you cannot tell me that the libs know anything.

May 23 2012 at 8:55 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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ohmyboehnertwo

REPUBLICAN STATES ARE THE POOREST AND HAVE THE LOWEST PAYING JOBS.

May 23 2012 at 9:03 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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democracks0

Illinois is last on the list and has been destroyed by the democrooks and is known as the sinkhole state.

Obamas a failure.

May 23 2012 at 9:11 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down
Setanta

LOL as ALL DIMOCRAPPIC cities and states screw the WORKERS via THEIR TAX RATES--
LOL !!!!!!!!!! sure you MAKE A NICE WAGE and THEN they take almost HALF via TAXES TAXES TAXES and surcharges and taxes on the surcharges and even SURCHARGES ON THE SURCHARGES on top of their CITY TAX RATES ,SALES TAXES etc.
diMs are GREAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 24 2012 at 11:29 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down
Setanta

they know plenty and KNOW ENOUGH to keep EMPOWERED--the simple FACT that reid,pelosi,boxer ,mckenny etc ETC remain is living PROOF that FRAUD IS INVOLVED .

May 24 2012 at 11:26 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply