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The 10 Cities That Make Phoenix Look Like Paradise


One thing we know about the chilly winter weather in metro Phoenix this morning. It won't last. It'll be 70 again before you know it — in February. 

Which is to say that visitors from other parts of the country will discover what the rest of us already know: It's great living here! In fact, many of these visitors will like it so much that they'll pack up and move to the Valley of the Sun. This isn't one of the fastest-growing U.S. metro areas because living here sucks.

Read on to find out which former hometowns make our desert metropolis look like paradise:  


10) Chicago


Freezing your ass off half the year, getting it shot at the other half.


9) Portland


Portlandia's not far off the mark: Ridiculously eccentric denizens make this city one to flee.


8) New York City


Aggro jerks. Plus, it's either private school or the kid hangs out in subway tunnels.


7) Houston


Flat, soulless, full of snake-infested flood-control ditches — and it ain't a dry heat.


6) Los Angeles


All the culture you want in return for six hours of daily drive time, breathing foul air, and swimming with garbage.


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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.