Richard Florida

America's Most Productive Metros

New numbers show the power of energy and knowledge economies.

The Great Growth Disconnect: Population Growth Does Not Equal Economic Growth

It can create a troubling illusion of prosperity.

The Uneven Growth of High and Low-Wage Jobs Across America

The economic recovery — if we can call it that — has been driven largely by low-paying positions.

What the U.S. Can Learn From Canada's High-Paying Jobs Recovery

Jobs paying more than $30 an hour have fueled Canada's job growth, in stark contrast to America's temp-heavy recovery.

Where America's Economic Output Is Growing

80 percent of all metro areas saw their GDP's rise in 2012, according to a new Bureau of Economic Analysis report.

Why the U.S. Needs to Fall Out of Love With Homeownership

Politicians should stop pretending that owning your own home is the way to make the nation richer.

The Real Reason Creative Workers Are Good for the Economy

A new study shows that creative class workers spur innovation, no matter their field.

The Long History of America's Leading High-Tech Hubs

New evidence that you can't build a start-up city overnight.

The Best U.S. Metros for Recent College Grads Looking for Work

Why Baltimore or Austin may be a better bet this year than New York or L.A.

Why Today's Start-Ups Are Choosing Urban Lofts Over Suburban Office Parks

Today's high tech companies are flocking to downtowns across the country.

Where Wages Have Grown the Most (and Least) Since the Recovery

A look at the U.S. cities where salaries are rising the fastest.

Exploring the Curious Connections Between Traffic Deaths and NFL Home Games

With millions of fans driving to stadiums every week, is it more dangerous to take to the road after a football game?

The Amazon Model: The Rise of Urban Start-Ups in Smaller Tech Hubs

A look at the patterns of venture capital investment in Seattle, Austin, and Chicago.

From Sewing to Analyzing: The Historical Shift in Urban Work

Over the past century, cities have gone from being centers of specialized industries to arenas for diverse and complex employment.

Hollywood Has Embraced the High-Tech Scene

The regional geography of venture capital in Southern California.

The Surprising Cities Leading America's Start-Up Revolution

Some small cities rival blockbuster hubs like San Jose and Boston.

How East Coast Tech Startups Became a Downtown Phenomenon

New zip code analysis shows a concentration of urban investment along the Boston-Washington corridor.

The Most Famous Models for How Cities Grow Are Wrong

We need new ways to explain growing urban inequality.

Why San Francisco May Be the New Silicon Valley

A new analysis reveals that venture capital investment is flowing into cities at a startling clip.