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Old 12-08-2011, 09:13 PM
 
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Are your ready for this? Apparently internet lists that rank cities are...wildly wrong and inaccurate!!!

Now how will we decide where to live!

Why city rankings always get it wrong - Salon.com
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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Damn...I was really looking forward to "Best cities for sun tan lotion".
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Old 12-09-2011, 05:03 AM
 
Location: Chicago (from pittsburgh)
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BUT..BUT..You mean the recent thread about "America's Saddest Cities" on City vs City is inaccurate?!
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Old 12-09-2011, 05:21 AM
 
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Well, we all know this site is the only truly source of accurate information on cities.
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Old 12-09-2011, 05:29 AM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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But who will make my decisions concerning cities for me!?
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Old 12-09-2011, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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It doesn't surprise me at all. People have such varied criterias and personal preferences when it comes to places. So varied that I could never understand, how a publisher or whomever comes up with the Best places. The only best places lists that matters is the one we create for ourself.
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Old 12-10-2011, 02:19 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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The article's kind of a mix of good and bad. On the good it's right many of these lists are silly. That a great many of them are even just designed as advertizing for a company. And that not everything can be tangible and quantified. I could see a person loving say Detroit for some indefinable "Detroitness" they like.

On the bad it's kind of got that snotty NYC/LA-centric quality and comes close to an excess subjectivism. I know New Yorkers desperately believe all smart people want to move to NYC, and that no one would be caught dead in Utah, but that's not the reality. It's the reality for a fairly small world of writers and artists, but it's not the reality as a whole. People leave LA and NYC all the time. If huge amounts go there, well they're huge cities that dominate the media. Of course many will go to them. It's not really a sign of anything but bigness. Many smart people have moved elsewhere. So it's a bit like people here with "ooh look a thing is big, famous, and I like it therefore it must be better than dinky old Provo or Honolulu or whatever."

Still I do enjoy some of these lists for what they measure rather than they call themselves. If it's accurate on the figures the Men's Health list I think could be pretty good as a starting point on mental-health factors in a city. I mean if they broke down on how cities did on each factor. Like there might be some interest in comparing suicide rates by city in hopes of figuring out commonalities or issues in the "high suicide" cities. The anti-depressant usage might be off as cities who use more anti-depressants might be happier, not less happy, and maybe you could get into cultural comparisons of anti-depressant usage. If you're going to take them totally serious as "Men's Health said this city's happy, but I don't find the people here happy" than yeah they're probably pretty worthless. I just don't know it's inevitable one does that.
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