You’ll be shocked to learn that Detroit is #1.
Their methodology (if there is one) seems highly focused on crime rates. Somehow New Haven CT made the list. The crime in the city is mostly around the public housing projects, which tourists are unlikely to visit.
Chicago gets #5, partly because of the 10.25% sales tax. As a tourist destination, I think the obscene “soak the tourist” taxes on hotel rooms and rental cars is much worse. 15 months ago when I rented a car at O’Hare, it was close to $100 a day. The car I rented in Charlotte was $184 for the entire week.
The hotel tax in Chicago is 16.4%. The cheapest hotels (other than hostel/flophouses) are $100 a night, with $150 being more normal (that’s actually less than I expected – the city appears to have a glut of empty hotels)