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Spartanburg Is Miserable

Spartanburg, S.C. is America’s tenth most miserable city, according to a report published recently by the website 24/7 Wall Street.com. “Spartanburg residents had among the lowest well-being scores in the nation, according to Gallup,” the website noted. “Relative to the rest of the United States, they were far more likely to…

Spartanburg, S.C. is America’s tenth most miserable city, according to a report published recently by the website 24/7 Wall Street.com.

“Spartanburg residents had among the lowest well-being scores in the nation, according to Gallup,” the website noted. “Relative to the rest of the United States, they were far more likely to have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, to have been diagnosed with diabetes or cancer, or have a heart attack.”

You don’t say …

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Nearly 51 (percent) of residents were classified by Gallup as “suffering,” while just 45.8 (percent) were qualified as “thriving,” one of the lowest figures in the country. In the area, median household income was $40,167, more than $10,000 lower than the national median. Many residents lacked the education necessary to earn higher incomes. In Spartanburg, less than 21 (percent) of residents have a college degree, versus 28.5 (percent) of all Americans.

Hmmmm … must be all those government-run school districts up there (which are routinely propped up by the city’s New York Times-owned newspaper). Or maybe the irascible vagina of local man-hating “Republican” politico Karen Floyd sucked up all their joy.

Either way, say it with us, people … “it’s a great day in South Carolina!”

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39 comments

hack April 1, 2013 at 2:57 pm

No one reads that rag anyway. Sparkle City is home to some great greasy spoons and dives, a yuppie college and some really great real estate. It has been infested by Mexicans and Asians (the lesser of two evils) of late and there are no jobs there because well, the unemployment rate is probably around 30% unless you want to wait tables. It is certainly not it’s banking and business friendly cousin Greenville who has grown leaps and bounds the past 25 years. The educrats are the political machine in the County though. You are correct in that assessment.

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James Fleming Jr April 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Look at the census figures of all these once wonderful places that have gone to the dogs.These figures paint a consistent figure of which folks are not supposed to speak of. Look at all you major cities that are crumbling and see the picture.

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Alonzo April 7, 2015 at 12:45 am

It’s the white trash that makes spartanburg so miserable. Everyone looks like they’re inbred and everyone is like 300 pounds from eating the greasy garbage that you talk about.

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hack April 1, 2013 at 2:57 pm

No one reads that rag anyway. Sparkle City is home to some great greasy spoons and dives, a yuppie college and some really great real estate. It has been infested by Mexicans and Asians (the lesser of two evils) of late and there are no jobs there because well, the unemployment rate is probably around 30% unless you want to wait tables. It is certainly not it’s banking and business friendly cousin Greenville who has grown leaps and bounds the past 25 years. The educrats are the political machine in the County though. You are correct in that assessment.

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James Fleming Jr April 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Look at the census figures of all these once wonderful places that have gone to the dogs.These figures paint a consistent figure of which folks are not supposed to speak of. Look at all you major cities that are crumbling and see the picture.

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vicupstate April 1, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Well, duh.

BEACON Drive in is responsible for the health issues.

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vicupstate April 1, 2013 at 3:01 pm

Well, duh.

BEACON Drive in is responsible for the health issues.

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upstate April 1, 2013 at 3:08 pm

while this isn’t far off, what is missing from the picture is the breakdown of what areas they investigated for their findings. Inside the city of Spartanburg is basically a shit hole, with a few exceptions. Most of the higher income folks live outside the city limits, and have similar educational/income standards as other parts of the state.

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upstate April 1, 2013 at 3:08 pm

while this isn’t far off, what is missing from the picture is the breakdown of what areas they investigated for their findings. Inside the city of Spartanburg is basically a shit hole, with a few exceptions. Most of the higher income folks live outside the city limits, and have similar educational/income standards as other parts of the state.

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James Fleming Jr April 1, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Spartanburg once was a lovely city that folks dearly loved but like a lot of cities certain elements to over and to the dogs she went!

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tomstickler April 1, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Is that a “dog-whistle” I’m hearing?

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James Fleming Jr April 1, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Spartanburg once was a lovely city that folks dearly loved but like a lot of cities certain elements to over and to the dogs she went!

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tomstickler April 1, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Is that a “dog-whistle” I’m hearing?

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jimlewisowb April 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm

“irascible vagina……Karen”

I spent a lot of time watching the Little Rascals and I don’t remember anyone named Vagina

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jimlewisowb April 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm

“irascible vagina……Karen”

I spent a lot of time watching the Little Rascals and I don’t remember anyone named Vagina

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Mark April 1, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Irascible vagina, man hating, I met her a couple of times, you are being way too lenient she is not that nice.

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Mark April 1, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Irascible vagina, man hating, I met her a couple of times, you are being way too lenient she is not that nice.

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Did Milliken do it? April 1, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Even the people who live there deny it – literally hell on earth. Every recession pushes them back 25 years. What a ya have what a ya have?

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Did Milliken do it? April 1, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Even the people who live there deny it – literally hell on earth. Every recession pushes them back 25 years. What a ya have what a ya have?

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DogVomit April 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Obviously these people haven’t visited Gaffney yet.

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Fleet April 1, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Or Laurens, Blacksburg, Saluda, Newberry, etc.

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dwb619 April 1, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Gaffney’s got Cherokee Speedway, “The place your mama warned you about”.
Love me some of them dirt super late models.

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Bubbas Brother April 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm

You had to read a poll to figure this out?

If we could cede all of Spartanburg County to North Carolina, we’d improve our SAT score average by 150 points and raise the IQ average in the state by 10 points.

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DogVomit April 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Obviously these people haven’t visited Gaffney yet.

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Fleet April 1, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Or Laurens, Blacksburg, Saluda, Newberry, etc.

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dwb619 April 1, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Gaffney’s got Cherokee Speedway, “The place your mama warned you about”.
Love me some of them dirt super late models.

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The Colonel (R) April 1, 2013 at 5:17 pm

You had to read a poll to figure this out?

If we could cede all of Spartanburg County to North Carolina, we’d improve our SAT score average by 150 points and raise the IQ average in the state by 10 points.

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george April 1, 2013 at 6:29 pm

From Spartanburg South Carolina…The Marshall Tucker Band!! But that ws 40 years ago.

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george April 1, 2013 at 6:29 pm

From Spartanburg South Carolina…The Marshall Tucker Band!! But that ws 40 years ago.

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Scooter April 1, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Spartanburg is too cliquish. Like Columbia, it is “govern” by a bunch of idiots. The town should take a clue from Greenville and show more entrepreneurship.

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Scooter April 1, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Spartanburg is too cliquish. Like Columbia, it is “govern” by a bunch of idiots. The town should take a clue from Greenville and show more entrepreneurship.

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dwb619 April 1, 2013 at 11:07 pm

Bet they vote Republican by a large margin also.

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dwb619 April 1, 2013 at 11:07 pm

Bet they vote Republican by a large margin also.

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Kid Friendly April 2, 2013 at 7:00 am

Looks like a nice version of Columbia.

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Kid Friendly April 2, 2013 at 7:00 am

Looks like a nice version of Columbia.

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Lizard Man April 2, 2013 at 10:12 am

Apparently, Richland County residents were too busy boiling water to respond to the poll. Spartanburg might be miserable, but Columbia is hopeless. That’s a fact. Another fact is that 47% of Richland County residents are actually bums living downtown and yet another fact is that 23% of Richland County residents have been hired by Mayor Benjamin to twiddle their thumbs and forget to make payments on their BMW leases. There is probably some crossover between those two groups. A third fact is that 87% of the City of Columbia is paved. A fourth fact is that 2% of the residents of the City of Columbia have walked on a sidewalk in the past week. And a fifth fact is that 61% of them have never heard of sidewalks.

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thereallizardman April 2, 2013 at 10:12 am

Apparently, Richland County residents were too busy boiling water to respond to the poll. Spartanburg might be miserable, but Columbia is hopeless. That’s a fact. Another fact is that 47% of Richland County residents are actually bums living downtown and yet another fact is that 23% of Richland County residents have been hired by Mayor Benjamin to twiddle their thumbs and forget to make payments on their BMW leases. There is probably some crossover between those two groups. A third fact is that 87% of the City of Columbia is paved. A fourth fact is that 2% of the residents of the City of Columbia have walked on a sidewalk in the past week. And a fifth fact is that 61% of them have never heard of sidewalks.

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asdf5252 April 1, 2014 at 4:12 pm

As much as I miss living in Spartanburg, I know that I am better off where I am now. Truthfully, I think the only things I miss about it are my family and friends.

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bluewaternavy February 3, 2015 at 3:23 pm

I’m in Spartanburg right now. WTF has happened to this town?!? It’s awful!

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