“Stockton has been on the list all three years. Foreclosures are among the highest in the country. 2010 unemployment is supposed to average 18.5% in Stockton. So that area is dealing with a lot of problems.”
“We kind of feel like the Rodney Dangerfield of cities – we can’t get no respect.”
Kathy Miller is Stockton’s Vice-Mayor. She says the ranking is not helpful.
“It’s demoralizing to the people who live here especially in this economy. I think it’s unfair. We’ve got a vibrant port. We have a downtown waterfront. We have a lot of really unique qualities here in Stockton.”
Miller says the city recently expanded its port to attract new economic growth. And she says they’ve also seen a drop in Stockton’s crime rate in the past few months.
Two other Northern California cities made the dubious Forbes list – Modesto at number 11 and Sacramento at number 17. Cleveland takes the top spot.