More best cities lists

Posted: July 30, 2010 in Economy

We recently had Bangkok voted as the World’s Best City by Travel and Leisure magazine. Geez, how can we top that. Well, there are always lists of “bests” popping up. We had the five cities in which you could retire on an average social security check (Chiang Mai was one of them). I happened to see a couple of lists at Kiplinger.com today of various best cities. Here are some samples.

10 best cities for your future

  1. Austin
  2. Seattle
  3. Washington, D.C.
  4. Boulder
  5. Salt Lake City
  6. Rochester, Minn.
  7. Des Moines
  8. Burlington
  9. West Hartford
  10. Topeka

The first five in that list seem like pretty good choices. I’ve been to all of them and even spent a bit of time in a few. The last five, um, I don’t know, I think I would suffocate.

How about this list, 10 great cities for young adults:

  1. Austin
  2. Charlotte
  3. Chicago
  4. Houston
  5. Kansas City
  6. Lansing
  7. New York
  8. Portland
  9. Salt Lake City
  10. Washington, D.C.

Austin at the top of this list, too, mostly because of it’s “music and nightlife”, yeah a city for booze hounds.

But there is a major problem with all these lists. They are all in the U.S. Come on people, it’s a global world these days. You should go and live in it and you’ll have a very different perspective on what makes a great city or a great place to live.

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