Richard Florida

The Striking Decline in African-American Household Mobility

Over the course of the last century, black Americans went from being one of the groups most likely to move to one of the least.

The Global Cities That Power the World Economy Now

The latest numbers from the Brookings Institution are a reminder that inequality has a geographic dimension.

Inequality and the Growth of Cities

As metro areas grow and prosper, inequality doesn't have to be a given.

How Your Neighborhood Affects Your Paycheck

The part of town where you live—and especially where you grew up—can profoundly affect lifetime earnings.

What Your Personality Has to Do With Your Neighborhood

Extroverts are more likely to be drawn to a city's center, for example.

America's Best Performing Cities in 2014

The knowledge and energy hubs of San Francisco and Texas are among the year’s biggest economic winners.

The Connection Between Successful Cities and Inequality

New research shows that the largest U.S. cities would do well to focus on workers at the bottom of the economic ladder.

The Link Between Religious Diversity and Economic Development

Economic success may be tied to the fact that not all of your neighbors are celebrating the same winter holiday as you.

No One's Very Good at Correctly Identifying Gentrification

A new study suggests there's a gap between how researchers think about gentrification and what journalists are telling the public.

Walkability Is Good for You

A slew of new research links walkable neighborhoods with safer, healthier, more democratic places.

Tech Culture and Rising Inequality: A Complex Relationship

As high-tech hubs like San Francisco become increasingly unaffordable, we need to be asking the right questions.

Why Cities Can't Afford to Lose Their Artists

A look at America's leading arts hubs and their roles in economic development.

An Urban Agenda Against 'Secular Stagnation'

Cities provide the mechanism for rebuilding our middle class. Can we support their responsible growth for the sake of the nation's?

This Holiday Season, Let's Turn Retail Jobs Into Middle-Class Ones

Higher wages mean more engaged employees, better customer service and higher profits.

In the U.K., a Case for Shifting Political Power to the Cities

A year-long independent effort has identified the most practical strategies for empowering the U.K.'s cities and metro areas.

The Ideas That Led Calgary to Choose a 'Wonkish, Dorky' Mayor

Naheed Nenshi talks urban development, affordable housing, and how national governments fail cities.

Is New York the New Model for Startup Cities?

Its rise has been remarkable. But should aspiring tech hubs really emulate the Big Apple?

The Fall and (Partial) Rise of the Rural Creative Class

The rural creative class has recovered from the recession like its urban counterparts—but it’s how and where that matters.

The New Geography of Super-Charged Startup Cities

The Bay Area clearly dominates in software companies that have been valued at a billion dollars or more, but China is coming on strong.