Richard Florida

America’s Leading High-Tech Metros

The new geography of technology centers.

Race, Gender, and the Creative Class

The creative class has opened up new avenues of advancement for women and minorities, but its existence has failed to put an end to long-standing divisions.

The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited

A new economic and social order is a double-edged sword: it unleashes incredible energies, but it also causes tremendous hardships.

America's Melting-Pot Cities

The metros where new American citizens live now.

Homeownership Means Little to Economic Growth

The rate of homeownership has virtually no bearing on the economic development of America's cities and metros.

San Francisco's High-Tech Cost Advantage

San Francisco stacks up well these days compared with Silicon Valley.

Map of the Day: Where Seniors Are Moving

Baby Boomers over 65 are moving to the coasts.

Americans Positive About Their Local Economy

Despite deep concerns about our national finances, Americans think their cities and towns are doing all right.

What If Mayors Ruled the World?

With Washington paralyzed by political dysfunction, is it time for mayors to take over?

The Geography of Abortion

America's deepest economic and political divides are reflected in the rate of abortions across the 50 states.

The Economic Impact of Knowledge Clusters

A new study identifies 11 knowledge cluster regions throughout the U.S. and their economic impact. 

America's Brainiest Cities

Tracking metros by a new measure of "brain performance."

The Death and Life of Downtown Shopping Districts

Lessons from Miami’s bold Design District experiment.

America's Economic Rebound

The declinists are wrong, America is emerging from the crisis stronger than before.

Why Some States Are More Economically Mobile Than Others

The impact of income, class, and religion.

What Critics Get Wrong About Creative Cities

Economic development, innovation and creativity are undoubtedly connected. Squabbling about which comes first misses the point.

The Surprising Math Behind Airports and City Size

The population of a given metro area affects airline travelers more than you might think.

Airports and the Wealth of Cities

Airports play a considerable role in economic development, and the most important cargo they move is people.

The NBA's Small-Market Disadvantage

Two teams from smaller metros are doing remarkably well in this year's playoffs. But big city franchises have typically dominated NBA titles.