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Old 05-30-2007, 08:10 PM
Location: Austin, TX
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This is hilarious:

I was searching for the name of the agency that conducts the US census and I typed "census bureau is run by" (with the quotes) into Google. There was one page of results, and I have to post these because they're just too funny and too irrelevant to anything:

"the Census Bureau is run by career employees with a long tradition of independence and professionalism." (That's the flattering one)

"All I can say is that the Census Bureau is run by idiots."

"The Census Bureau is run by Euro Americans who decide the categories for classification and first floated the idea that we should be worried about who is..."

"...the Census Bureau is run by a Bush crony, so you can hardly believe it."

"The census bureau is run by liberals that don't support Bush..."

"I can only assume you will respond with a statement such as the Census Bureau is run by white people."

That, my friends, is the sum total of results I got from my first restricted Google search on the topic. Perhaps I need to remove the quotes...

I especially love the back-to-back quotes about how the census is run by Bush cronies and anti-Bush liberals. People will find ANY excuse to turn every topic into partisan bickering.
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Old 05-30-2007, 08:47 PM
Location: Austin, TX
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Alternative lists:

Without listing all the criteria, here are some examples of lists from sources other than Wikipedia. They will all seem absurd in one way or another because they're not comprehensive in measurement and no objective list exists with respect to the entire experience of living in a city. So, have a laugh, here they are, starting with a list that doesn't include San Francisco in the top ten!

1. New York
2. Boston
3. Juneau
4. Anchorage
5. San Diego
6. Philadelphia
7. Los Angeles
8. Fairbanks
9. Ann Arbor
10. Seattle

1. New York
2. San Francisco
3. Los Angeles
4. San Jose
5. Washington, DC
6. Honolulu
7. Chicago
8. Boston
9. Seattle
10. Miami

1. New York
2. Los Angeles
3. Oakland
4. San Diego
5. Washington, DC
6. Newark
7. Edison, NJ (?)
8. Seattle
9. Philadelphia
10. Chicago

1. New York
2. Anchorage
3. Fairbanks
4. San Francisco
5. Honolulu
6. San Jose
7. Boston
8. Salinas, CA (!!!)
9. Minneapolis
10. Jersey City

1. New York
2. San Francisco
3. Los Angeles
4. San Jose
5. Orange County, CA
6. Boston
7. Oakland-Berkeley
8. San Diego
9. Washington, DC
10. Fort Lauderdale

1. San Francisco, CA
2. Orange County, CA
3. Santa Cruz, CA
4. San Jose, CA
5. Salinas, CA
6. Santa Barbara, CA
7. Oakland, CA
8. Santa Rosa, CA
9. San Luis Obispo, CA
10. San Diego, CA

My favorite list is this one from CNN's survey in 2005 comparing cost of living to average pay, as it matches my own perceptions very well with the blatant exceptions of Bakersfield and Fresno (!!!):

* New York
* San Francisco
* Stamford, Conn.
* San Jose, Calif.
* San Diego
* Santa Barbara, Calif.
* Bakersfield, Calif.
* Los Angeles
* Fresno, Calif.
* Boston

Most of these lists compare average household income to housing prices and other basic living costs. Alaskan cities show up in some of the lists because of the extremely high cost of delivering goods to the remote location. California's dominant presence on the lists is a no-brainer, and the absence of Texas cities is equally predictable.

Most lists of "least expensive cities" will show a lot of Texan cities, especially in far south Texas near the Rio Grande.
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Old 06-11-2007, 01:39 PM
Location: Houston Texas
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Originally Posted by mpope409 View Post
According to the Mercer Human Resource Consulting 2006 survey, the top 10 most expensive cities in the country are as follows:

1. New York, New York
2. Los Angeles, California
3. San Francisco, California
4. Chicago, Illinois
5. Miami, Florida
6. White Plains, New York (New York metro)
7. Honolulu, Hawaii
8. Houston, Texas
9. Washington, D.C.
10. Morristown, New Jersey (New York metro)

Which ones are worth your money?

Which ones are you surprised about being left out of the top 10?
Of all of these, Miami is definately not worth the money, too many low paying jobs. I am shocked that Houston is in the most expensive, I know it's desirable and there are tons of good paying jobs here but still.I am surprised also that San Diego ISN'T on this list.
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