Forbes has released a new slideshow, “America’s 20 Dirtiest Cities“, which is based mostly on dataÂ readily available on our Sperling’s BestPlaces website (www.bestplaces.net).
The Forbes list and the story is pretty straightforward; a callout of theÂ large U.S.Â metro areas with the worst scores for air and water quality, plus measures of toxic releases and Superfund sites.
And It’s a fairly accurate list.Â All the places named have issues, but I’ve got to say thatÂ I’m not proud of being associated with stories like this.
Stories like thisÂ focus on the negative, andÂ have titles guaranteed to be irresistable to the casual web browser – America’s Dirtiest Cities, Miserable Cities, Worst Cities to Live, Depressing Cities, Dangerous Cities,Â Dying Cities, Drunkest Cities, Fattest Cities, Worst Schools, and Dumbest Cities.
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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. Â 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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October!Â The most special month of the year for every baseball fan.Â The World Series determines the best baseball team, but did you ever wonder which place can lay claim to the best baseball city?
We wondered too, and thought about what it means to be a great baseball town.Â We decided itâ€™s more than wins and losses, attendance, and championships.Â Itâ€™s where thereâ€™s a batting cage in every backyard, kids sleep with their mitts, and families spend their entire weekend at the Little League field.
We realized that every big-league ballplayer represents thousands of kids who once dreamed playing in the Big Show.
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