The United States is a huge piece of land and let’s just say that not all of it's postcard-worthy. Sad, but true: there are some pretty miserable places to live in the U.S. Some of the places on this list are considered to be the ugliest cities in America. Others have intolerable weather, reportedly low libido and the ugliest people in America living in them (according to this Travel + Leisure survey… don’t kill the messenger!) For all of these reasons and more, the cities on this list are considered to be the most miserable places to live.
No place is perfect, or course, and even the “ugliest city” in America can have good things going for it. Someone may live in the foggiest place in America and absolutely love it because it has good nightlife. Someone else may live in one of the most depressing cities in the U.S. and not even notice because they love to stay indoors anyway. This is just to say that even the ugliest states and cities have a silver lining.If live in the worst city or ugliest state– we’re sorry! leave a comment and tell us why you think it shouldn’t be on this list.
Cape Disappointment, Washington - FoggiestPhoto: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY
Since Washington is one of the most overcast states in the country, it's no surprise that its residents have named towns all over the state with deeply depressing names. The most depressing name of all though has to go to Cape Disappointment whose very existence implicates a huge letdown.
British fur trader John Meares supposedly named the dreariest of dreary towns back in 1788 when he thought the area was only a bay. He turned his ship back and missed discovering the Columbia River. What a disappointment.
Residents of Cape Disappointment live a hazy life with 106 days of fog a year. Brave tourists willing to visit the cape may find its name literally true, especially if they camp on the beach at the Cape Disappointment State Park in a flimsy tent. Believe it or not, this area was actually one of the most populated places in aboriginal North America, that is, before Europeans showed up with their contagious and fatal diseases.
What'd you expect, a place named like this is never going to have a happy ending.Source
Sevier County, Utah - Most Online Porn SubscriptionsPhoto: uploaded by Ivana Wynn
Harvard economics professor Benjamin Edelman tracked online porn subscriptions in the U.S. and found that ironically, Utah is the state with the highest number, particularly in Sevier County.
Utah's conservative sex laws, which go as far as outlawing adultery and treating oral and anal sex as well as masturbation and sodomy, keep residents completely repressed. However, nothing is ever really entirely repressed, as indicated by the good people in The Beehive State.
Sometimes these moral restrictions and family values held by Mormons and Christians alike can actually backfires and instead arouse the curiosity of get-down-and-dirty porn amongst young people. Hey, if you can't do it, you might as well watch.
Another interesting tidbit: Utah also has the highest searches for "topless," "naked girls," and "pornography." If someone's lying around here it sure ain't Google.Source
Pierce and Whatcom Counties, Washington - Most BestialityPhoto: uploaded by Ivana Wynn
For instance, in Pierce county, cases of bestiality with a pitbull, a goat, and an Arabian stallion were surfaced and ended in a man's death.
It gets weirder.
Douglas Spink, a cocaine smuggler in Whatcom County was also arrested for running a bestiality farm. The police found mice with their tails cut off, covered in Vaseline and tied with a string around them.
Uh, Washington sure knows how to get creative.Source
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Not only is La Crosse renown for its drinking culture (Oktoberfest has been celebrated here for the last 50 years) but there are rumors of a serial killer drowning 20-year-old college males in the Mississippi River.
Nine men around the same age have been found d***od in the river since 1997. It's fair to say that it could just be irresponsible drinking – all of them had blood alcohol content of .20 to .42 percent – and the FBI never found any signs of physical trauma on any of them.
There could just be something really cool in the water that people want to see when they're drunk, which hints at another kind of problem.
The latest case was in February 2010 when 21-year-old Western Technical College student Craig Meyers' body was found in the river. He had been drinking at a wedding reception and two bars several days before.
In a 2007 report, the La Crosse County Coroner estimated that the city had 40-50 alcohol-or drug-related deaths in the two years prior. He added, "It's personal responsibility. You can't babysit everybody."
One thing's for sure, no water-themed parties for these people.Source