Antioch ranked most miserable city in Bay Area, study finds

A bank-owned for sale sign is posted in front of a foreclosed home in Antioch. A study of government data on subprime loans showed that 56 percent of the $1.38 trillion in subprime mortgages originated from 15 lenders in CA between 2005 and 2007.

The Bay Area has a bunch to offer— scenic views, amazing food, prestigious universities. But stack that up against the exorbitant cost of living and long commutes times, the happiness meter toggles back and forth. 

Business Insider compiled a list of the Most Miserable Cities in the U.S. and while the Bay Area didn't top off the list, Antioch is the most miserable city in the region, according to the data. 

Antioch was ranked 213 out of 1,000 cities and would have been the most miserable in Northern California if Yuba City didn't take the title at 161, East County Today reports. 

Richmond and Vallejo weren't too far behind Antioch, coming in at 241 and 249. 

The data from Business Insider factored in employment and poverty rates, household incomes, percentage of people without health care, commute times, and how many people are leaving each city. 

The East Bay Times reported back in April that Antioch launched a marketing campaign to help sharpen the city's image and boost its economy by attracting new business.

Situated along the San Joaquin River, the city links the San Francisco/East Bay region to Sacramento and the Central Valley. Mayor Sean Wright told the Times that with the city's new BART station and improvements to Highway 4, opportunities are endless. 

But the data doesn't see it that way, at least for now. 

Here's a break down of other Northern California cities that made the list of Most Miserable Cities and where they ranked: 

Merced at 215
Stockton at 232
Richmond at 241
Vallejo at 249
Modesto at 326
Pittsburg at 409
Concord at 413
San Leandro at 421
Lodi at 447
Santa Rosa 458
Turlock at 470
Tracy at 474
Sacramento at 499
Walnut Creek at 545
Vacaville at 607
Napa at 638
Fairfield at 642
San Jose at 725
Oakley at 785
San Ramon at 808
Brentwood at 848
Danville at 855
Livermore at 864
Pleasanton at 922
Dublin at 979