Which city produces the mostÂ pro football players?Â Either all-time or the modern era, it’s the same place.
It may not be our national pastime, but football is probably the most-followed sport in America.Â Itâ€™s certainly got the biggest single game â€“ pigskin fanatic or not, chances are youâ€™ll be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday.
Cities that can lay claim to the title of Super Bowl Champion change every year, but are there places where football excellence has been consistent for decades?
We wondered too, and thought about what it means to be a great football town. We decided itâ€™s more than wins and losses, attendance, and championships. Heck, maybe there isnâ€™t even an NFL team in town.Â More importantly, itâ€™s where thereâ€™s touch games in the street, an old tire to throw to in every yard, and families spend their weekends at the Pop Warner field.
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This July was the hottest on record in the U.S. and 2012 is on track to be our hottest year ever. You better believe Americans are cranking the A/C and heading for the swimming holes.
But when it comes to my “cool cities” study, I’m talking about the other kind of cool. Â The sunglasses, Levi’s and t-shirt James Dean cool.
IÂ worked withÂ ForbesÂ with their article toÂ find where the youth of America are headed, where it’s “happening.” Â Would you believe Houston comes out on top? Â Last year H-town sported a vigorous 2.6% job growth while welcoming over 50,000 new residents to the area, many of them young professionals.
We looked at recreational opportunities, such as amount of green space, golfing and skiing, and pro and college sports teams.
We also used myÂ Diversity Index, which measures the likelihood that someone you meet will be of different race or ethnicity. Â Higher diversity translates to a greater number of cool stores, events, and eateries.
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Charitable Giving in the United States
Who tops our â€œShame Scoreâ€?
A report was released today by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, titled â€œHow America Gives.â€Â The report maps charitable giving by state, city and neighborhood, by analyzing IRS personal income tax data at the zip code level. Â Using the amount of charitable deductions, The Chronicleâ€™s report showed which places gave the greatest (and least) portion of their income to charity. Â (Actually, the report would be more accurately named â€œWhere America Gives,â€ not â€œHow.â€)
I did a similar analysis about a year ago, using the same data, and Iâ€™m pleased to see we reached the same conclusions. Â To summarize it simply, the poor give a greater percent of their income to charity than the wealthy, and people are more likely give more in states that vote Republican and are strongly religious.
The states with the highest percentage of claimed charitable contributions are Utah, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and South Carolina.Â The least generous states are New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
I must admit, this is not what I had expected to find.
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I just completed a really in-depth study on the best metro areas for seniors to live in.Â Minneapolis came in first, with Boston and Pittsburgh rounding out the top three.Â There’s an overview of the study here, with the top 25 cities:
2011 Best Cities for Seniors
WeÂ considered nine broad categories, each consisting of several specific measures:Â Healthcare, Economy, HealthÂ & 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 asÂ full methodology and detailed city writeups:
Best Cities for Seniors Full Study
In the PDF, we’ve even broken how citiesÂ scoredÂ in each of theÂ individualÂ categories.Â For example, the #1 city for Environment was San Francisco, whereas the #1 city for Housing was Oklahoma City.