Posts Tagged ‘Cities’

Best Cities for Running!

September 27, 2016

In the October issue of Runner’s World, they analyzed more than 250 cities (populations greater than 160K) with the highest number of households per capita who reportedly participated in some form of running over the last twelve months.  Data was gathered from a variety of sources to create five categories of special importance to runners (presence of sanctioned clubs, races, and running stores; the number of trails, open spaces, running tracks, etc.; ideal running weather; access to healthy food options; and safety [crime and traffic] for pedestrians).   Here’s the list of the top-50.

  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. Seattle, WA
  3. Boston, MA
  4. San Diego, CA
  5. Washington, DC
  6. Portland, OR
  7. Minneapolis, MN
  8. New York, NY
  9. Omaha, NE
  10. Denver, CO
  11. Chicago, IL
  12. Madison, WI
  13. Colorado Springs, CO
  14. San Jose, CA
  15. Los Angeles, CA
  16. Rochester, NY
  17. Pittsburgh, PA
  18. Tucson, AZ
  19. Raleigh, NC
  20. Boise, ID
  21. Oakland, CA
  22. Philadelphia, PA
  23. Sacramento, CA
  24. St. Louis, MO
  25. Buffalo, NY
  26. Virginia Beach, VA
  27. St. Paul, MN
  28. Richmond, VA
  29. Santa Rosa, CA
  30. Charlotte, NC
  31. Las Vegas, NV
  32. Tampa, FL
  33. Lincoln, NE
  34. Albuquerque, NM
  35. Cleveland, OH
  36. Cincinnati, OH
  37. Milwaukee, WI
  38. Atlanta, GA
  39. Des Moines, IA
  40. Irvine, CA
  41. Salt Lake City, UT
  42. Baltimore, MD
  43. Spokane, WA
  44. Honolulu, HI
  45. Indianapolis, IN
  46. Phoenix, AZ
  47. San Antonio, TX
  48. Miami, FL
  49. Oklahoma City, OK
  50. Houston, TX


So, Are You Looking for New Friends?

December 4, 2015

Cities where the residents interact with, and look out for, family, friends, and neighbors, join civic groups, vote in high numbers, and have easy access to the digital world are often good places to live.   Here are the top ten cities for making new friends (based on city size — small, medium, and large).  For more details, check out AARP’s Livability Index.

Small cities
1.  Rapid City, SD
2.  Bismarck, ND
3.  Franklin, TN
4.  Kearney, NE
5.  Wheeling, WV
6.  Brentwood, TN
7.  Portland, ME
8.  West Fargo, ND
9.  South Portland, ME
10.  Owatonna, MN

Medium Cities
1.  Sioux Falls, SD
2.  Fargo, ND
3.  Springfield, IL
4.  Cedar Rapids, IA
5.  Tallahassee, FL
6.  Madison, WI
7.  Lincoln, NE
8.  Springfield, MO
9.  New Orleans, LA
10.  Gresham, OR

Large Cities
1.  Washington, DC
2.  Portland, OR
3.  Nashville, TN
4.  Jacksonville, FL
5.  Philadelphia, PA
6.  Milwaukee, WI
7.  Boston, MA
8.  Austin, TX
9.  San Francisco, CA
10.  Columbus, OH

Source: AARP Bulletin (May 2015)

How About a Date?

November 5, 2015

If you are wanting to enjoy a night out on the town, it shouldn’t be a problem in any of these towns.  Between the performing arts companies, museums, concert venues, sports stadiums, and movie theaters, you will have plenty of entertainment options in these top cities (courtesy of the AARP Bulletin).   Here are the top ten cities where entertainment is plentiful (based on city size — small, medium, and large).  For more details, check out AARP’s Livability Index.

Small cities
1.  Brentwood, TN
2.  Franklin, TN
3.  Spring Hill, TN
4.  Novato, CA
5.  San Rafael, CA
6.  Charlottesville, VA
7.  Fredericksburg, VA
8.  Pittsfield, MA
9.  Juneau, AK
10.  Barnstabletown, MA

Medium Cities
1.  Richmond, VA
2.  New Orleans, LA
3.  St. Louis, MO
4.  Santa Maria, CA
5.  Gresham, OR
6.  Atlanta, GA
7.  Fargo, ND
8.  Abilene, TX
9.  Yonkers, NY
10.  Minneapolis, MN

Large Cities
1.  Nashville, TN
2.  San Francisco, CA
3.  Washington, DC
4.  New York, NY
5.  Boston, MA
6.  Portland, OR
7.  Denver, CO
8.  Los Angeles, CA
9.  Austin, TX
10.  Seattle, WA

Source: AARP Bulletin (May 2015)

Getting Around Town!

October 7, 2015

How easy is it to get around in your city?  Do you have plenty of transportation options?  Well, the May issue of the AARP Bulletin did some investigating and found that cities with a variety of transit options do well on the Livability Index‘s transportation category.  Here are the top ten cities where it is the easiest to get around (based on city size — small, medium, and large).

Small cities
1.  Hoboken, NJ
2.  LaCrosse, WI
3.  Union City, NJ
4.  West New York, NJ
5.  Superior, WI
6.  Blacksburg, WV
7.  Duluth, MN
8.  West Lafayette, IN
9.  Urbana, IL
10.  Town of Tonawanda, NY

Medium Cities
1.  Buffalo, NY
2.  Cambridge, MA
3.  Minneapolis, MN
4.  Allentown, PA
5.  Erie, PA
6.  St. Paul, MN
7.  Providence, RI
8.  Jersey City, NJ
9.  Boulder, CO
10.  Fort Wayne, IN

Large Cities
1.  San Francisco, CA
2.  Boston, MA
3.  New York, NY
4.  Milwaukee, WI
5.  Philadelphia, PA
6.  Portland, OR
7.  Baltimore, MD
8.  Washington, DC
9.  Chicago, IL
10.  Seattle, WA

Source: AARP Bulletin (May 2015)

Best Cities for Staying Healthy!

August 17, 2015

Hmm, I did not see Tulsa anywhere on the lists.  Oh well, c’est la vie!  Regardless, there are several cities that do seem to be doing this better than others (70% are in California).  Here are the top-ten cities based on their population: large (population over 500K), medium (population 100K-500K, and small (population 25K-100K).  Some of the factors that were examined included (but not limited to) the cities where residents engaged in healthy lifestyles, where doctors and hospitals were plentiful, where they have low obesity rates, access to exercise opportunities, and highly regarded care from the local hospitals.

Healthiest Large Cities
1.  San Francisco, CA
2.  San Jose, CA
3.  Seattle, WA
4.  Denver, CO
5.  San Diego, CA
6.  Portland, OR
7.  Albuquerque, NM
8.  Charlotte, NC
9.  Los Angeles, CA
10.  Boston, MA

Healthiest Medium Cities
1.  Arlington, VA
2.  Sunnyvale, CA
3.  Costa Mesa, CA
4.  Irvine, CA
5.  Santa Maria, CA
6.  Fullerton, CA
7.  Orange, CA
8.  Berkeley, CA
9.  Dale City, CA
10.  Santa Clara, CA

Healthiest Small Cities
1.  Novato, CA
2.  San Rafael, CA
3.  Los Altos, CA
4.  Burlingame, CA
5.  San Bruno, CA
6.  Potomac, MD
7.  North Bethesda, MD
8.  Cuppertino, CA
9.  Mountain View, CA
10,.  San Mateo, CA

Source: AARP Bulletin, May 2015

Ghost Towns of Oklahoma!

August 12, 2015

I guess it would first be useful to define what is meant by “ghost town.”  Unfortunately, there seems to be no universal definition — towns that are completely abandoned, towns that are dead and dying, towns that may have never been a town at all (a hamlet, a village, a camp, etc.), or towns where the population has decreased at least eighty (80) percent from its maximum (can these really be considered “ghost” towns if people actually remain?).

Regardless of the definition, Oklahoma seems to have quite a few.  Here are a few sites that document these towns (in Oklahoma as well as throughout the U.S. and the world).

Most Livable Cities!

July 13, 2015

Depending on what you are looking for, many cities across the United States can have something to offer.  In May, the AARP Bulletin examined around sixty “livability indicators” that they used  when calculating their lists of “most livable” cities.  They even have a tool to help you see where your community rates (livability index).  So, here are the top ten for three different-sized community types (large [over 500K population], medium [100-500K population], and small [25-100K population]).

Most Libvable Large Cities
1.  San Francisco, CA
2.  Boston, MA
3.  Seattle, WA
4.  Milwaukee, WI
5.  New York, NY
6.  Philadelphia, PA
7.  Portland, OR
8.  Denver, CO
9.  Washington, DC
10.  Baltimore, MD

Most Livable Medium Cities
1.  Madison, WI
2.  St. Paul, MN
3.  Sioux Fall, SD
4.  Rochester, MN
5.  Minneapolis, MN
6.  Arlington, VA
7.  Cedar Rapids, IA
8.  Lincoln, NE
9.  Fargo, ND
10.  Cambridge, MA

Most Livable Small Cities
1.  LaCross, WI
2.  Fitchburg, WI
3.  Bismarck, ND
4.  Sun Prairie, WI
5.  Duluth, MN
6.  Union City, NJ
7.  Grand Island, NE
8.  Kirkland, WA
9.  Marion, IA
10.  West Bend, WI

Source: AARP Bulletin, May 2015

Friendly Cities!

October 24, 2014

Did you city make the top ten?  This month, Men’s Health magazine surveyed and ranked America’s cities for “friendliness”  based upon the following methodology: amount of park space (the Trust for Public Land), participation in team sports (SimplyMap), neighborhood activity (Volunteering and Civic Life in America), and facebook usage (Chitika).  Oklahoma City showed up on the list at #43 (Tulsa did not make the top fifty).  Here are the top ten friendliest cities in America . . .

1.  Minneapolis, MN
2. Austin, TX
3.  San Diego, CA
4.  St. Paul, MN
5.  Milwaukee, WI
6.  Kansas City, MO
7.  New Orleans, LA
8.  Washington, DC
9.  Boston, MA
10.  Columbus, OH

Here’s a link to the full list.

Source: Men’s Health magazine, Metrogrades (October 2014)



Hard At Work?!

August 12, 2014

So, which cities in the U.S. have the “toughest” jobs?  We should probably start by defining “tough.”  Physically and/or psychologically demanding, with an optional dash of danger!  This is the ranking by Men’s Health magazine based upon the methodology that looked at the proportion of people in these job with high stress and poor physical and emotional environments: firefighters, police, reporters, broadcasters, loggers, CEOs, PR execs, EMTs, chefs, and taxi drivers (CareerCast, Bureau of Labor Statistics); percentage of the labor force in the military (U.S. Census Bureau); fatal work injuries per capita, and weekly hours of private employees (Bureau of Labor Statistics).  Note: just as an FYI, the rank of a tenured university professor among the 200 toughest jobs:  . . .  200th.

Hardest working:
1.  Birmingham, AL
2. Washington, DC
3. Charlotte, NC
4. Columbia, SC
5. Miami, FL
6. Nashville, TN
7. New Orleans, LA
8. Boston, MA
9. Honolulu, HI
10. Chicago, IL

Hardly working:
91.  Billings, MT
92. Fresno, CA
93. San Jose, CA
94. Minneapolis, MN
95. St. Paul, MN
96. Las Vegas, NV
97. Lincoln, NE
98. Reno, NV
99. Wilmington, DE
100. Anaheim, CA

Source: Men’s Health magazine, September 2014 (

Live to One Hundred!

June 23, 2014

So, what is the secret to a long life?  Regular physical activity coupled with a proper diet (high in vegetables) could be the secret.  Both fight flab which helps to counteract life-shortening illnesses.  Of course having the right DNA also contributes a bit.  Here are the city rankings (courtesy of Men’s Health magazine, July/August 2014 issue).  The methodology used included the following factors: life expectancy of a man born in 1985 and rates of inactivity and obesity among men (Population Health Metrics); rates of men ages 90-99 and ages 100 or older per 10,000 population, ratio of single men age 75-plus to single women age 75-plus (U.S. Census Bureau); and the percentage of adults who smoke, have diabetes, and have high blood pressure (CDC).

Living Long
1.  Honolulu, HI
2.  Portland,  ME
3.  Seattle, WA
4.  Billings, MT
5.  Oakland, CA
6.  Manchester, NH
7.  Madison, WI
8.  Cheyenne, WY
9.  Tucson, AZ
10. Los Angeles, CA

Coming Up Short
100.  Chesapeake, VA
99.  Las Vegas, NV
98.  Jackson, MS
97.  Cleveland, OH
96.  Philadelphia, PA
95.  Memphis, TN
94.  Tampa, FL
93.  Columbus, OH
92.  Norfolk, VA
91.  Anchorage, AK