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Chicago makes list of Top 15 cities to move away from

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago's world-famous skyline is lit up and looking good Thursday night. But an unidentified critic put Chicago right next to Detroit at the top of a list of "Cities You Should Move Away From."

Most residents would say that being stuck in the middle of a winter that just won't quit is a good reason to take a break from Chicago. But moving out altogether? That's another thing entirely.

After it ignited a fiery debate on social media, FOX 32 Political Editor Mike Flannery took a look at whether The Windy City deserves that ranking.

CitiesJournal.com cited "long commutes, foreclosures, a lagging housing market, high dropout rates, even higher gas prices, and a serious gun violence program" as reasons to relocate. List-makers said Chicago is a great place to visit, but maybe not the best place to live.

The unidentified author of this strange list failed to explain why Chicago's ranked as worse-off than Milwaukee, St. Louis, or even the notoriously-troubled Camden, New Jersey. But ranking The City of Big Shoulders right next to Detroit rings false on a day when Standard and Poor's credit rating agency issued a new report comparing the financial health of Chicago and Detroit.

The Wall Street experts concluded the two cities "respective credit characteristics...ultimately underscore Chicago's long-term viability against the backdrop of Detroit's bankruptcy and default. Our 'A+' rating on Chicago's...debt reflects our view of its overall solid credit quality, with support from a strong local economy."

Detroit's junk status credit rating is "D" as in default.

An arm of the London-based Economist news magazine put together its own list in 2012. After looking at 70 of the world's great cities, they ranked them in order of "liveability," considering such things as cultural assets, green space, pollution and how connected each city is to the rest of the world.

Hong Kong was at the top, followed by Amsterdam, Osaka, Japan and Paris.

But Chicago ranks No. 12 in the world and No. 2 in the U.S., behind only Washington, D.C. Using a somewhat different set of criteria, including for example healthcare, educational institutions, and infrastructure, Chicago again ranked No. 2 in America, ahead of such cities as New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

No, weather was not explicitly considered in the Economist's Great City "liveability" rankings, which focused on other factors important to business leaders needing quick access to the entire world.

Here's the entire list from Cities Journal:

15. Atlantic City, NJ

14. St. Louis, MO

13. Cleveland, OH

12. East L.A., CA

11. Milwaukee, WI

10. Buffalo, NY

9. Anchorage, AK

8. Philadelphia, PA

7. Paterson, New Jersey

6. Springfield, MA

5. Hartford, CT

4. Camden, NJ

3. Poughkeepsie, NY

2. Chicago, IL

1. Detroit, MI

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