Ok. I know I said these ratings were BS, and I stand by my claim.
How else could Cleveland be rated the No. 14 city for singles among the nation’s 40 largest metro areas?
In its infinite wisdom, Forbes has cooked up another city ratings scheme. It goes like this: mix in cost of living, a dash of job growth, perceived coolness, culture, nightlife, online dating population and the percentage of single people in the population and …. viola! Cleveland is totally happening.
Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s fun to be a single person in Cleveland, it’s just that I’m the only single person I know.
So, Cleveland ups Columbus, Pittsburgh and Detroit in this survey, rocketing 24 places up the charts. Forbes attributes that change to the inclusion of the suburbs in this year’s equation.
“Tons of single people live in the suburbs,” said the Forbes “reporter” that compiled the ratings.
I like this remark from the Chamber of Commerce’s spokeswoman:
Still, Samantha Fryberger does admit to being a bit baffled by all these city lists, mentioning that in June alone, Cleveland was named one of the nation’s most fun cities by Ritz Crackers and the nation’s most boring city by a travel Web site.
“You’re up one moment,” she added, “and down the next.”
What’s the deal Forbes? Are you just throwing us a bone out here in “most miserable” land? Or perhaps, did you think the newspapers (and, even more easily manipulated, bloggers) would prefer a plot twist?
I guess all our brain drain problems are solved.