lunes, 10 de diciembre de 2012

America's 50 Best Cities...from Bloomberg BusinessWeek

It's a long story. How math and statistics do not have a proper link with taste and personal preferences. Researchers have done a lot of work making "the perfect diet" with balanced elements, minimum costs and convenience to store. But no one ever liked it. Taste and preferences are unique, coming from the deeper feelings, habits, culture and many other unmeasurable factors, But data is always important because is the only thing we use without controversy... So we bring to you this exercise from Bloomberg BusinessWeek. This is the second time we bring it to our followers, as a tool to compare with our cities... 

The Best Places to Live
It's impossible to say what's "best" for everyone, of course. But where's the fun in not trying? Welcome to’s second America’s Best Cities ranking. With assistance from Bloomberg Rankings, evaluated 100 of the country’s largest cities based on leisure attributes (the number of restaurants, bars, libraries, museums, professional sports teams, and park acres by population); educational attributes (public school performance, the number of colleges, and graduate degree holders), economic factors (2011 income and June and July 2012 unemployment), crime, and air quality. Major professional league and minor league teams, as well as U.S.-based teams belonging to international leagues in that city were included. The greatest weighting was placed on leisure amenities, followed by educational metrics and economic metrics, and then crime and air quality. The data come from Onboard Informatics, except for park acreage, which comes from the Trust for Public Land. As the methodology has changed since the 2011 ranking, a city’s rise or fall compared with last year does not suggest that it has gotten “better” or “worse.”

Los Angeles
Rank: 50
Population: 3,811,518

Anchorage, Alaska
Rank: 49
Population: 297,018


Rank: 48
Population: 416,855

St. Louis

Rank: 47
Population: 304,219


Rank: 46
Population: 396,441

Chesapeake, Virginia

Rank: 45
Population: 223,454


Rank: 44
Population: 1,418,687

Scottsdale, Arizona

Rank: 43
Population: 214,770

Reno, Nevada

Rank: 42
Population: 225,561


Rank: 41
Population: 1,199,739

Virginia Beach

Rank: 40
Population: 438,243


Rank: 39
Population: 745,596


Rank: 38
Population: 395,176


Rank: 37
Population: 831,943

Colorado Springs

Rank: 36
Population: 421,350


Rank: 34 (tie)
Population: 340,509

Lincoln, Nebraska

Rank: 34 (tie)
Population: 259,06

San Jose

Rank: 33
Population: 956,368

Rochester, New York

Rank: 32
Population: 213,178

Oakland, California

Rank: 31
Population: 401,036

San Antonio

Rank: 30
Population: 1,365,256


Rank: 29
Population: 612,701


Rank: 28
Population: 2,679,998

Arlington, Virginia

Rank: 27
Population: 208,143


Rank: 26
Population: 593,545

Lexington, Kentucky

Rank: 25
Population: 299,520


Rank: 24
Population: 1,522,648

Oklahoma City

Rank: 23
Population: 588,053


Rank: 22
Population: 2,131,940


Rank: 21
Population: 292,050

Columbus, Ohio

Rank: 20
Population: 796,520


Rank: 19
Population: 399,124

Raleigh, North Carolina

Rank: 18
Population: 405,462


Rank: 17
Population: 231,999


Rank: 16
Population: 410,60

Kansas City, Missouri

Rank: 15
Population: 458,064

New Orleans

Rank: 14
Population: 349,773


Rank: 13
Population: 603,394


Rank: 12
Population: 388,229


Rank: 11
Population: 308,090

St. Paul, Minnesota

Rank: 10
Population: 288,263

San Diego, California

Rank: 9
Population: 1,319,558


Rank: 8
Population: 797,215

New York

Rank: 7
Population: 8,110,206


Rank: 6
Population: 597,466

Portland, Oregon

Rank: 5
Population: 598,205


Rank: 4
Population: 615,462

Washington, D.C.

Rank: 3
Population: 607,731


Rank: 2
Population: 624,070

San Francisco

Rank: 1
Population: 808,854

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