Miserable title moves to … South Beach?

Maybe it was LeBron James’ fault.

How else do you explain Miami claiming the 2012 “title” as the nation’s most miserable city from Stockton?

Stockton, which ranked No. 1 last year and No. 2 in 2010, dropped all the way to No. 11 in this year’s rankings by the influential business magazine Forbes.

It’s never something to celebrate when you’re picked as the 11th most miserable metropolitan area out of the 200 largest in the country. And we certainly think there are more than five more miserable places than Sacramento — a surprising No. 5 on this year’s list.

Forbes, as we’ve pointed out before, uses questionable statistics and broad brush strokes in painting these civic pictures.

They crunch the numbers in their Manhattan cubicles and then dole out rankings that truly can be biased.

That’s not to say Stockton doesn’t have problems. Mercy no. And in the categories which Forbes studies — crime, housing, etc. — we lag behind much of the nation.

Like the ground hog in Pennsylvania, Forbes has popped out of its hole in early February for this annual exercise.

No need for a rally on the Miracle Mile, or any mention past today really, in dealing with the issue this year.

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