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Looking for a Thriving Economy? These US Cities Fit the Bill

You'd do well to check out certain areas in the South and West

(Newser) - What helps keep a city afloat (and even thriving) as others hit hard times: a healthy, growing economy. WalletHub took a look at more than 500 cities of all different population sizes, looking at growth and decline over a seven-year stretch. The site examined 17 metrics in two key categories:... More »

Here Are the 10 Most Diverse Cities in America

Half of the top 10 are in one state

(Newser) - Since we were kids in school, we've heard America pumped up as a "melting pot" of cultures. To see which cities could stake the best claims to a diverse population, 24/7 Wall St. looked at US Census Bureau data for major metropolitan areas around the country, figuring out... More »

Looking for Fun in All the Wrong Places? Go Here Instead

Las Vegas tops WalletHub's list of US cities where you'll have a blast

(Newser) - Some cities boast the best job opportunities , others the best-educated populace . Let's face it, though: We all want to know where the fun is. That's why WalletHub examined more than 180 major US cities to gauge where merrymaking is in ample supply, looking at more than five dozen... More »

Thinking of Retiring? Keep These Cities on Your Radar

The Sunshine State looks especially tempting for your golden years

(Newser) - Already thinking ahead on where you want to kick back once you stop punching a time clock for good? WalletHub scrutinized more than 180 US cities to suss out which ones seem most appealing for retirees, looking at nearly four dozen key metrics across four categories: affordability (including cost of... More »

By 2080, These US Cities Will Be Arid Wastelands

If climate change patterns continue as expected, per GOBankingRates.com

(Newser) - Climate-linked headaches are taking place worldwide , but closer to home, a bunch of US sites are at risk of turning into actual deserts. GOBankingRates.com examined data from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and found 15 cities that will have significantly different climates by 2080, if global... More »

There's No Place Like This US City to Raise a Family

Overland Park, Kansas, gets top billing in WalletHub survey

(Newser) - Dorothy isn't the only one who thought "there's no place like home" when thinking about Kansas. Finding the ideal place to raise a family is often at the top of most parents' minds, and according to a new survey from WalletHub , the Sunflower State's Overland Park... More »

America's 10 Most, Least Educated Cities

Look for the learned in Ann Arbor, Mich.

(Newser) - "Smart" doesn't necessarily equate with "educated," but having an education can certainly help maximize one's natural intelligence—and there are certain US cities where the most scholarly are gathered. WalletHub looked at the 150 most populated metropolitan areas in the US, specifically across two key... More »

This Is the Best Big City in the US

Virginia Beach is No. 1 in WalletHub ranking

(Newser) - All big cities have problems. Some are just able to "tackle their problems and emphasize their strengths more efficiently than others," according to WalletHub , which rounds up the best US cities to call home with populations over 300,000. Three of the top 10 cities—based on affordability,... More »

10 Best, Worst Cities to Celebrate July 4

The Big Apple promises the best time, while San Bernardino falls last

(Newser) - Tomorrow is Independence Day, meaning you still have time to get to where the best celebrations are going to be. WalletHub tries to suss those out for you, looking at the 100 most populous cities in the nation across five major categories: affordability, attractions and activities, safety and accessibility, the... More »

This Is the Best US City for Recreation

San Diego tops new ranking from WalletHub

(Newser) - Looking for something to do this weekend? Your success depends a lot on where you live, as a new ranking by WalletHub demonstrates. The site looked at the 100 biggest cities in the US and crunched dozens of metrics that fall under the umbrella of "recreation." Of note:... More »

The Best- and Worst-Run Cities in America

Nampa, Idaho, is No. 1, and Washington, DC, is last in WalletHub ranking

(Newser) - The best-run city in the US isn't exactly a household name. Nampa, Idaho, gets the honor in a new ranking from WalletHub . The site ranked 150 of the nation's largest cities (including Washington, DC) on a range of factors, including financial stability, education, health, safety, infrastructure, and pollution.... More »

Small Town Forks Over $500K Ransom

To hackers, following cyberattack: 'I would've never dreamed this could've happened,' mayor says

(Newser) - A week after a Florida city caved to hackers demanding $600,000 to rid its computer system of a debilitating virus, another Florida city is following suit. Lake City, some 60 miles west of Jacksonville, will pay hackers 42 bitcoins, or around $500,000, following a cyberattack two weeks ago.... More »

America's 10 Best Cities for 'Staycations'

Honolulu is No. 1

(Newser) - Looking to start your vacation as soon as you clock your last hour at work? WalletHub looks at the best cities for "staycations," looking at more than three dozen metrics in the "Recreation," "Food and Entertainment," and "Rest and Relaxation" categories. Virginia Beach,... More »

First-Time Home Buyers Should Look Here

First American locates 10 most affordable cities for the group

(Newser) - Americans looking to buy their first home should consider the Midwest and South, according to insurance firm First American . The company uses its own calculations, saying "any affordability metric that includes existing homeowners is wildly misleading to first-time homebuyers" since the former group can already afford a home, per... More »

10 Best Cities to Begin Your Career

WalletHub lists 182 from best to worst

(Newser) - Wondering where to start a long and fruitful career? Well, how about Salt Lake City. So says WalletHub in a list of cities where freshly scrubbed graduates can jump into the marketplace. And the moment appears ripe, with NACE reporting that employers are poised to hire almost 17% more new... More »

Each State Has a City That Could Use Some TLC. Here They Are

24/7 Wall St. picks one from each state

(Newser) - There's no such thing as an "ideal" place to live in America—every city has its relative drawbacks—and some locations might even prompt you to do a double take, though not in a desirable way. Looking at more than two dozen metrics across four categories (affordability, quality... More »

10 Best US Cities for Business Startups

Orlando tops WalletHub's list

(Newser) - Anyone stuck in a cubicle at a dead-end job has dreamed of either hitting it big in the lottery or of starting a business—and for the latter, there are certain US cities that may be just the ticket to making that dream become reality. WalletHub examined startup opportunities in... More »

Here Are the 13 Most Common Names of American Towns

Live in Franklin? You're not alone

(Newser) - It would not be all that surprising if you, dear reader, live in a town called Franklin. There are 30 of them in the US, making it the most common town name across the country. (All of them a tribute to founding father Benjamin Franklin.) As 24/7 Wall St.... More »

Here Are the 10 Happiest US Cities

Looking for contentment? These might be your best bet

(Newser) - Marie Kondo is sparking joy around the nation, but you may be able to do that on your own (without a major closet reorg) if you simply pick the right place to live. WalletHub looked at 180-plus US cities across more than 30 "happiness" metrics in three main categories:... More »

Here Are the US Cities With the Best Work Ethic

The Lone Star state has some hardworking folks

(Newser) - Do you work to live or live to work? It might depend on where you live. WalletHub decided to take a look at nearly 120 of America's biggest cities to see how their work ethic holds up, looking at both "direct" work factors—including the employment rate, average... More »

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