Richard Florida

America's Leading Metros for Venture Capital

The Bay Area remains at the top, but several cities are starting to catch up.

The Silicon Valleys of Everything

There's a reason this cliché won't die.

A Better Way of Measuring America's Science and Tech Jobs

A new study argues that only half of our so-called STEM jobs require a college degree.

Why No City Can Afford to Forget About Seniors

Baby boomers aren't drawn to the same sorts of retirement communities their parents were.

The New Global Start-Up Cities

Our first in a series examining the changing geography of venture capital and high-tech companies.

In Search of the Entrepreneurial Personalities of Specific Places

The relationship between personality structure and entrepreneurial activity appears to be rather robust.

The Geography of America's Pop Music/Entertainment Complex

Pop songs, like widgets, are "manufactured" commodities, with a production system embedded in real places.

The New Geography of Teen Mothers

A look at why birth rates vary so dramatically across states.

The Economic Geography of America's Abortion Wars

Increasingly, abortion has become a privilege reserved for residents of affluent states.

America's Most Bikeable Neighborhoods

And city rankings, based on Bike Score.

Lower State Income Tax Does Not Spur Economic Development

States with higher per capita tax collection rates are more affluent, with higher concentrations of talent and highly educated people.

Where Americans Tweet Messages of Hate

Clear and distressing pockets of hate speech.

The Link Between High Levels of Homeownership and Unemployment

Communities with lots of homeowners may restrict labor mobility, generate longer commutes, and lower rates of new business formation.

The Hidden Geography of America's Surging Suicide Rate

It's not just the recession. Rates of gun ownership also appear to be a major factor.

Does Having Lots of Local Governments Help or Hurt Economic Development?

The number of local governments per capita is negatively correlated with key measures of state economic performance.

The World's Leading Science Cities

A new study ranks the top cities for physics research around the world.

America's Best Performing Cities

Ideas, talent, skills, and density remain key contributors to the growth of America's metros.

Immigrants Boost the Wages, Income and Economic Output of Cities

Contrary to the political conventional wisdom, higher shares of immigrants are associated with many good things in U.S. metros.

Renting the American Dream

A new study finds a major shift in attitudes about renting and home ownership.