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Old 06-02-2008, 08:36 PM
 
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True about Sperlings....very comprehensive stats, little subjectivity. And most southern states have no tax base, with nothing to show for it. No libraries, parks, etc.....no free lunch
Here in CO, we have reasonably low taxes compared to many coastal areas, yet we have fine schools and many of our very old "Carnegie" public libraries are still going strong.

Top Ten lists are all about impulse buying at supermarket shelves, little more. Sperling's and hard data rule!
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Orange, California
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Listening to the touts in Austin, you would swear that its the only place to hear a bar band, or a music fest, of which there are reams all over the USA. Every college, mid-sized, and large city has entertainment districts with bar bands. Again, you would swear, listening to the PR folks in Austin, that it is the ONLY place to partake of such, as if they invented or hold a patent on bar band districts, or festivals.
No doubt. Austin is a cool town, but its music scene is not unique. All the publicity makes it sound like the end-all-be-all for mid-20s to mid-30s music hipsters. It ain't as weird as it used to be...
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Old 06-11-2008, 02:41 PM
 
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Beware greatly of any list that has Omaha(SORRY WARREN) ranked #3 and Houston#1.......How about the Bay area, which wasn't even in the
top 10 in Kiplingers, along with Chicago, San Diego, Boston, and NYC? I mean, PLEASE!
Houston#1 because according to the Kiplinger article, Houston generated more that 100kjobs in the last 12 months. In addition, Houston is first in the nation for manufacturing jobs, according to bizjournals."Houston alone currently accounts for 222,072 industrial jobs -- comparable to the number of manufacturing jobs for the entire state of Oregon."
the cities you mentioned are not even close.
Houston first in nation for manufacturing jobs - Houston Business Journal:
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Old 06-12-2008, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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I can't stress enough not to follow these best lists. If you do, break them down into your own lists and criterias that would meet your own needs. Always ask yourself who are they the best lists for to begin with. They are best lists for housing contractors, and real estate agents, and anyone else who can make a buck off of people moving in. Thats what you have to ask yourself when reading them, and decide if these lists meet your criterias of likes/ dislikes. I think many of these lists are the biggest marketing gimmicks around. Just recently one rated Gainesville, Fla as a mecca for retirees. If anyone has been there, it is a small city dominated by the Univ of Fla. Party town, thousands of college kids. Thats fine for the college kids, but how many retirees are going to want to be in a place like that. It would be a very disproportinate population in a very small area for one thing. I say these lists are ridiculous and one has to wonder about the writers of them.
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Old 06-12-2008, 02:18 PM
 
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The kiplinger article (list) is very straightforward. It pointed out that the reason that Houston was picked as #1 was because the number of jobs Houston generated last year (over 100,000 jobs), and the cost of living. (Now days that is very important). In addition the Houston Business Journal wrote that houston is first in the nation for manufacturing jobs. These figures come from the labor dpt., as well as other economic indicators. These are facts that can be checked and verified. I do not see any "marketing gimmicks being played out" as you stated. To call this list ridiculous, is ridiculous in itself.
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Old 06-12-2008, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Vero Beach, FL
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I detest them all - top 10's, bottom 10's, rankings, polls, etc ....
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Old 06-13-2008, 05:39 PM
 
Location: The land of sugar... previously Houston and Austin
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Houston#1 because according to the Kiplinger article, Houston generated more that 100k jobs in the last 12 months. In addition, Houston is first in the nation for manufacturing jobs, according to bizjournals."Houston alone currently accounts for 222,072 industrial jobs -- comparable to the number of manufacturing jobs for the entire state of Oregon."
the cities you mentioned are not even close.
Houston first in nation for manufacturing jobs - Houston Business Journal:
The list was called best places to "live, work & play" so it also considered that Houston is a large city with a lot of things to do. And a nice place to actually live. More than most outsiders realize or care to acknowledge.
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