Most Fun Cities: Chicago, Detroit, Youngstown?

I know. I know. We said these things were stupid. I’m not going to retract that statement.

However, for the sake of discussion, Portfolio has cataloged the “Top 100 Fun Cities” and there’s a few interesting items.

In their list, Chicago scores second, Minneapolis 10th, Detroit 14th, Syracuse and Rochester 15th and 16th, Cleveland comes in at 23 (just before Portland?!), Milwaukee is 25, Youngstown’s 28 and Buffalo’s 29.

So, as we’ve discussed, these things are all relative and Portfolio doesn’t provide a ton of information about their rating system. Ratings are based on the categories of shopping, food and drink, gambling, popular entertainment, culture, low-impact sports and high-impact sports.


I have to say, if there is a kernel of truth in all this it’s that Cleveland just might be the funnest city in the country tonight–that is if you have Cavs tickets like me!

Also, while were on the subject, Forbes ranked Pittsburgh the country’s most livable city last week. Go figure!



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6 responses to “Most Fun Cities: Chicago, Detroit, Youngstown?

  1. Special K

    Also note: in Portfolio’s list, Pittsburgh came in at #12, and Toledo came in at #49, beating out sexier locales like Charlotte (#51) and Austin (#63)! But, these lists are stupid. Go Cavs!

  2. Lou

    Yay! Go Youngstown. Lot’s of interesting stuff is starting to happen, and the boosters who are left are showing a lot of pride.

  3. I guess the big advantage we should have is that the costs and normal barriers to entry should allow more people to create new fun things. (and have the time to enjoy them)

    That’s why, I personally love the Pittsburgh- Imagine What You Can Do Here tag line.

    It’s a totally diferent experience from say NYC. There, I never really felt responsible for the cities “fun level” or economy. If I didn’t show up for a band or an opening, or hype something I liked, someone else probably would.

    The Jane’s walk in Polish Hill went from one tiny little fun garden, or skatepark or small business. It’s a place that is really nurturing fun people.

  4. Stephen Gross

    Oooh baby… Another top ranking of cities according to an unclear methodology. I guess we can all learn a lot from that, eh?

    Most fun cities? What constitutes fun, anyway? Big institutional activities? Lots of groups to join? Fun parks? Playing video games all the time? Walking your dog? Teaching a class?


  5. schmange

    I don’t know, Steve. But clearly Cleveland has it and Austin doesn’t. Shush, don’t tell anyone. I like the real estate prices the way they are.

  6. Gotta believe location gave Youngstown an edge here in that one is midway between Pittsburgh and Cleveland.

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