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Friday, May 11, 2007


Kevin notes that Durham (not Raleigh-Durham or some other marketing figment) was named the 15th best city to live in within the US, by Sperling's Best Cities. Raleigh-Cary comes in at #63, behind such meccas of culture as Wilmington, DE, San Antonio, TX, and Couer d'Alene, ID, about which the less said the better.

Gotta wonder about some of the criteria that Sperling's uses, though:
Where magazine surveys only show the big picture, Cities Ranked and Rated, 2nd Edition, lets you drill way down to find the percentage of white- versus blue-collar jobs, the number of annual days below zero degrees Fahrenheit, the cost for an average doctor visit and even the number of Starbucks in a given metro area.

What they don't say is whether that last one is a plus or a minus.



  • I notice that we dropped from #12.

    I blame Blazer Manpurse and his subversive blog. ;)

    By Blogger Joe, at 10:27 AM  

  • True -- but the earlier higher ranking was for Raleigh + Durham + Cary + Johnston Co.. (Voltron, unite!)

    In the new rankings, we took a step down, while Raleigh fell down the freakin' stairs. (Hmmm... maybe Michael Peterson *pushed* Raleigh down the stairs. Yessss... that explains everything.)

    By Blogger Kevin, at 10:51 AM  

  • Cities climbing above Durham this time included Ogden-Clearfield, UT, Logan, UT-ID (previously unranked), and Provo-Orem, UT. So clearly something about the criteria changed to favor some characteristics of mountain living.

    Look at Flagstaff, which jumped from 244 to 18. Flagstaff's a great place, if you don't mind the winter, but i can guarantee that not that much changed there since 2004 to make it so much more a desirable place to live.

    By Blogger Barry Ragin, at 11:09 AM  

  • the percentage of white- versus blue-collar jobs

    This is an interesting statistic, but what does it say about the quality of life?

    I don't even know what white and blue-collar mean in 2007...

    And the number of Starbucks as rating criteria is ambiguous, indeed. I mean, do people want a lot of Wal-Marts nearby, or is having no Wal-Marts a good thing?

    By Blogger toastie, at 11:45 AM  

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