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Make Your Own “Best Place To Live” List

Make Your Own “Best Place To Live” List
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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 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.

Next page: The top 8 criteria for packing and shipping out:

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3:55AM PDT on Jun 9, 2012

thank you!!

3:39PM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

Good list! Tetchy, eh? Learned a new word today!

4:57AM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

Houston? After all the recent articles about horrendous treatment of women by the justice system there? Remember the Care 2 article of yesterday or the previous day about the 11-year who was gang-raped and who was considered responsible for causing it? Remember Jamie Leigh Jones? Get real! Texas prisons are full of death row convicts who aren't even guilty. That state is my definition of hell on earth

10:27AM PDT on Jul 10, 2011

A perfect place to live is different for everyone and that is why the world is so wonderful and diverse.

7:46AM PDT on Jul 9, 2011

Thank for the article

6:56PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Actually I like cities with lots of culture,clubs bars, and a great m/f ratio along with plenty of parking, cheap rents and food.

6:17PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

I really appreciate the diverse comments. They were all great comments. I live in Pahrump, Nevada. It is 65 miles west of Las Vegas and we live in the rural area. I work in Las Vegas, drive back and forth. I enjoy what I receive from both worlds. When I retire, I am looking forward to downtime, gardening, reading and doing all the wonderful things I am interested in and enjoy doing but do not have time for right now. Home is where your heart is happiest!!!

6:11PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Where our home is is just perfect.we have lived in many places,but here on a small fresh water lake,close to town beach and mountains wonderful.

6:04PM PDT on Jul 7, 2011

Sorry about the sandstorms etc going on in Arizona ... :( Portland is perfect for me & my family, we've lived here 8 generations, 166 years...

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