Where are the worst places to be 16-24 in the U.S.?

Disconnected Youth in the United States

Wrote this about the percentage of Mississippi kids in two-parent families earlier this week. Now there’s a new study, also summarized here, about “disconnected youth.” What does that term mean? Glad you asked. Here’s the definition: Disconnected youth are teenagers and young adults between… Continue Reading

Migration patterns of U.S. young people

Young People Migration Patterns USA

Inequality: Let’s talk about 95-20 ratios in U.S. cities

A “95-20 ratio” compares the income of the top five percent of a city (the rich, essentially) with the bottom 20 percent (the poor, essentially) across the 50 largest U.S. cities. If the ratio is very high, that means the… Continue Reading


If you’re single in San Francisco, it’ll take you 17 years of income to buy a home

Easiest Places To Buy A Home In The U.S.

Read it, like it, share it. (Buttons at bottom.)  I pretty much summarize every article Richard Florida writes on CityLab, so I might as well go ahead and summarize this one too. This is about “How Many Years Of Income… Continue Reading

The six traits that an attractive city supposedly needs

What Makes A City Beautiful?

Here are two interesting concepts related to this discussion: A lot of times, people will say things such as “The beauty of a city is subjective!” To a certain extent, that’s true; it’s also true that how someone perceives a… Continue Reading

Here are the 10 most economically-powerful cities in the world; yes, NYC is No. 1

Methodology here, but this tries to be fairly comprehensive and looks at these elements: Overall economic clout Financial power Global competitiveness Equity and quality of life The study uses those five indicators. Within each indicator, they rank 10 global cities… Continue Reading

Here comes the slow death of the suburbs

Death of the Suburbs

Here’s a report from a place called “City Observatory,” which probably means they’re fairly pro-city. So, take it with a grain of salt. But check this out:  “Periphery” means, essentially, “suburbs.” From 2002-2007 (pre-crash), they grew at 1.2 percent in… Continue Reading

Here are the 10 cities with the largest share of young adults

Salt Lake City Young People

People love to breathlessly discuss “the cities of the future” or “where the young people are headed,” and goddamn hand to some deity, I am no exception. I’ve written about people moving away from coasts, the best cities for jobs… Continue Reading