Yesterday, I had a conversation with a friend about her friend. You see, the friend-of-a-friend wants to move to the Big Apple. She’s tired of living in the political town that is Washington, D.C. but not because of politics, or culture, or a new job. She wants to move because over her weekend in Manhattan, more men paid attention to her there than they did here.
Of course, this sent me reeling into a self-righteous rant over shipping out for some guy. Well, not even a guy but the hope of a guy. Had this woman never watched Sex in the City?
This started a conversation about those websites and magazines that list the top places to live for [insert demographic here]. It got me thinking about what these rags base their lists on, and why certain criteria should be more important to some people than others.
Forbes is famous for its lists, like this one on the best places to live for young professionals. Their criteria is buried in paragraphs, so I’ve bulleted it for you:
- Cities with more than 1 million people
- Cities where Moody’s Economy.com predicts job growth will be positive
- Unemployment rate
- Average salary of college grads
- Cost of living index
- Rank based on number of 200 largest U.S. public companies call that city home
- Prevalence of grads from top six universities (Princeton, Harvard, Stanford, Duke, Rice and Northwestern)
And big surprise everyone, Houston tops the list!
Wait, what? Oh right, “Fourteen of the country’s largest companies (as measured by market capitalization) are based” in Houston. I guess if you want to work for our corporate overlords that’s great. The same goes for other places like Atlanta (Coca Cola), Seattle (Microsoft), and Minneapolis (Travelers Co., US Bancorp, Medtronic).
Sounds fetching, eh? If all you’re basing your decision on is a large corporate presence and an influx of finance grads, then you probably won’t mind epic pollution and the possibility of a mugging in the fair city of Houston.
Well, I beg to differ. Having lived around the world and on both coasts, I think I’ve got a pretty good idea about what factors should inform any individual making a decision to move on — unless you have children, in which case you should something in there about good schools.
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