18. Spokane, Washington
Spokane residents enjoy easy access to hiking and biking trails (including the 37-mile Centennial Trail), lakes, rivers and beautiful waterfalls. But other aspects of living here aren’t quite so attractive.
Unemployment is relatively high (5.8% in April), and builders can’t keep up with the demand for rentals, condos and single-family homes. As a result, houses are selling for an average $259,000 — up 18.5% from a year ago — and renters are being priced out.
When you also consider downtown Spokane’s homeless problem, the region’s unbearably cold winters and fairly high crime rate, maybe it’s no wonder hordes of people want to leave the area.