The annual American Fitness Index is well-intentioned but conflicting metrics dilute its focus.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has released their sixth annual American Fitness Index (AFI) which “evaluates the infrastructure, community assets and policies that encourage healthy and fit lifestyles in the 50 most populous metro areas in the United States.”
I’m going review their study and tell you what they did right, and where the ACSM could improve their analysis. In fact, I’ll show you how in their effort to make a great study, they actually ended up making their index much weaker.
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Which city produces the most pro football players? 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. It’s certainly got the biggest single game – pigskin fanatic or not, chances are you’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 it’s more than wins and losses, attendance, and championships. Heck, maybe there isn’t even an NFL team in town. More importantly, it’s where there’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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Veterans starting the post-service phase of their lives face a unique set of opportunities and challenges.
On the one hand, the post-9/11 G.I. Bill can help with getting a college education. On the other hand, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that veterans between the ages of 25 and 34 have unemployment rates nearly 4 points higher than comparable civilians.
Working with USAA Insurance and Military.com, we decided to shed some light on this issue by determining the Best U.S. Cities for Veterans.
Out of 379 major U.S. metro areas, here’s the top 10:
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Phoenix, AZ
- Dallas, TX
- Cleveland, OH
- Atlanta, GA
- Warren, MI
- Ann Arbor, MI
- Cincinnati, OH
- Columbus, OH
- St. Louis, MO
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Can you really retire in America and only spend $100 a day? Turns out it’s a lot more possible than you might think.
When I started this recent study with AARP, I’d expected only about 20 or 30 U.S. cities would be this affordable. But I was surprised to discover that most U.S. metro areas have a low enough combination of housing prices and property taxes to meet this criteria.
So what are the best cities for a $100/day retirement?
Based on things like arts and culture, rich community and great restaurants, here’s the Top 10:
I’m assuming a 25% tax rate, which will reduce your yearly income of $36,500 to $27,375 spendable income. That’s $2,281 per month.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics uses a percentage of 31.5% for the housing component of the Consumer Price Index. That means that we have $719 per month for mortgage payments and property taxes.
I’m assuming a 20% down payment, which means that with current low interest rates, we can afford a house priced at $192,000. Of course, putting up the nearly $40,000 (20% of $192,000) for the down payment may be challenging.
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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:
2011 Best Cities for Seniors
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:
Best Cities for Seniors Full Study
In the PDF, we’ve even broken how cities scored in each of the individual categories. For example, the #1 city for Environment was San Francisco, whereas the #1 city for Housing was Oklahoma City.