Coinciding with Veteran’s Day, we just completed an interesting study about the best places in the U.S. for military retirees to start a second career. Since most veterans retire from service in their 30’s or 40’s, they have plenty of time to start a new professional chapter in their lives.
So what are the best places to enter the civilian job sector? To help us find out, we partnered with USAA (a financial services provider) and Military.com (the largest military and veteran membership organization). We looked at factors such as affordability, unemployment rate, prevalence of military skill related jobs, and number of veteran-owned businesses. But we didn’t stop there.
Where do America’s REAL men live? “America’s Manliest Cities” is one of most entertaining studies I do, and it always seems to get a big reaction across the nation. I’m not surprised – having one’s manhood appraised is definitely bound to start some spirited discussion!
This is the third year we’ve done the study, partnering with the good folks at Combos, the “official cheese-filled snack of NASCAR.” (I’m not kidding.)
This year good ole’ Nashville, TN grabbed the top spot, and Charlotte, NC was runner-up. In fact, all of the top 10 Manliest Cities were in the South or Midwest. Must be all that macho stuff like country music, huntin’, and grillin’.
Actually, we did consider things like number of BBQ restaurants, as well as rodeos, sports events, and manly occupations. Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg… there’s a lot more to the study.
The results of our newest study were released today on the CBS show, Sunday Morning. Louisville, KY earned the top spot of Most Sleepless City, and Honolulu residents got the best rest in our study of insomnia.
(see the video clip on CBS)
Our new study ranks the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States, home to fully half of the U.S. population. The Sperling study analyzes over 400,000 responses from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (the world’s largest telephone survey, conducted annually by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), and also considers factors contributing to poor sleep,
such as joblessness, divorce, and lengthy commuting.
The highlight of the day was my speech at noon, at the beautiful facilities in the LaSells Stewart Center. After a glowing introduction by Associate Dean Don Neubaum, I spoke for an hour about how I became an internationally-recognized thought leader and the lessons for anyone seeking to be successful in today’s complex web-connected world.
This represented a different topic from my usual talks about livability and quality of life, and my rankings of the best places to live. Someone said what I do is interesting, but how I do it is important.
The title of the talk was, “Create Your Own Brand and Control Your Destiny.”
I just completed a really in-depth study on the best metro areas for seniors to live in. Minneapolis came in first, with Boston and Pittsburgh rounding out the top three. There’s an overview of the study here, with the top 25 cities:
We considered nine broad categories, each consisting of several specific measures: Healthcare, Economy, Health & Longevity, Social Life, Environment, Spiritual Life, Housing, Transportation, and Crime.
Here you can download a PDF of the entire study, with all 50 cities ranked, as well as full methodology and detailed city writeups:
Finding a job these days is tough enough, but holding one down while being a mom raises a whole new set of concerns. I was consulted by Forbes for a recent study that looked at the Best Cities for Working Mothers.
This is the study’s third year, and I think you’ll find the results interesting. You can read the article here:
Some of the most rewarding and interesting studies I do deal with health issues. Recently I was asked to find those U.S. cities that are most challenged by nasal congestion. It’s a significant issue, as one in five Americans suffers from chronic nighttime nasal congestion.
We looked at a host of indicators, such as pollen and allergens as well as usage of OTC and prescription congestion drugs.
I was asked by the Post to explain why the DC metro has suddenly gained so many 25-34 year olds. According to the Census Bureau, DC is now right up there with hipster havens like Austin and Portland (Oregon).
Reporter Carol Morello asked me, “Does this mean Washington is now ‘cool’?”
My answer was, “Umm, sorry, no.” I explained, it’s a simple case of economics. The DC area has had one of the lowest unemployment rates in the U.S. along large metro areas. Young people are flocking to where the jobs are.
Bill Frey, of the Brookings Institution, also chimed in, agreeing that it’s the economy, but also stating that DC has a “certain vibe.”
My quote in the article spoke about each place has its own identity or brand, and Washington’s is one of government and power. “I don’t know if you want your seat of government to be too cool and quirky.”
Sort of like, you don’t want to find out your heart surgeon also does stand-up comedy.