Richard Florida

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State of the Day: Wisconsin

The state offers a lesson for how smaller cities and metros can still compete in the globalized marketplace

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Why Some Cities Are Healthier Than Others

Happiness, form of commute and money all play a role

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America's Healthiest Metros

In the spirit of the New Year, a look at how U.S. cities stack up on measures like obesity and smoking

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Iowa Voters and the Economy

Caucus-goers say the economy is their top concern, but their state is doing much better than others

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How Good Is D.C. to Artists, Musicians, and Writers?

The city holds several advantages for creative types, despite its high cost of living

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Why Size Matters in Pro Sports Victories

When it comes to winning championships, big cities have some natural assets. But smaller areas can leverage their own advantages too

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More on What’s Left Over After Paying for Housing – Income Edition

Which cities come out on top when we look at a broader definition of wealth

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Why They Call Green Bay 'Titletown'

Why cities like Green Bay win an outsize number of championships

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The Geography of the Year in Music

The cities with the most singles on Pitchfork's 2011 "Best of" list

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The U.S. Cities With the Most Leftover to Spend ... After Paying for Housing

The differences across metro areas are considerable

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The U.S. Metros That Can Most Afford to Buy Gifts This Year

Unsurprisingly, 15 of the top 20 most economically advantaged metros are located on the East and West Coasts

The World's Housing Bubble

New data from the IMF suggests that many countries may be on their way to their own housing crises

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The Extraordinary Value of Great Universities

There are few better drivers of economic competitiveness

Map of the Day: The Uneven Spread of Urban Poverty

Economic segregation is still a big problem in cities like Washington, D.C.

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Where the World's Best Universities Are

Despite a flagging economy and supposedly waning global influence, America still comes out on top

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How Diversity Leads to Economic Growth

A new study suggests that countries with high levels of diversity are better able to adapt new technologies and ideas

Map of the Day: America's Poverty Belt

The poor in the U.S. are disproportionately clustered in a handful of southern states

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The Geography of American Brands

Some U.S. cities have more top global brands than many large countries

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How Twitter Proves That Place Matters

Social networks haven't replaced proximity - they just reinforce the importance of being near your friends and co-workers