Rankings

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The World's Best Cities for Students

If you're in college, these are the cities where you want to be.

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San Francisco Tops the Nation in Parking Meter Fines

Only New York City has comparatively expensive tickets for parking at an expired meter.

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American Schools Are Failing Miserably at Science Education

The majority of U.S. states have "mediocre to awful" standards in science, according to a brutal new scorecard.

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America's Most Literate Cities Not Necessarily the Wealthiest

Central Connecticut State University's annual study found no correlation between the wealth of a city and its literacy rate.

Samuel Arbesman

Do Rankings Affect Our Opinions of Cities?

What we think about different places also depends on where we live

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List of the Day: America's Power Regions

New Geography's list of the five areas that will do best post-election day, no matter who wins

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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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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

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List of the Day: America's Most Generous Cities

The places with the highest percent of givers

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The Problem With City Crime Rankings

Lists of the most dangerous cities don't actually tell us anything about those cities

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The Geography of Global Brands

Which countries are home to the most valuable names in business?

Andrea Bowers & Olga Koumoundouros

The Most Artistic Cities in America

Some smaller neighborhoods maintain surprisingly vibrant artistic communities

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The Best U.S. States for Working Women

Geography makes a clear difference in how much women earn in the workforce

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2011's Best Cities for Trick-or-Treating

Who comes out on top in our updated ranking for candy seekers?

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The Geography of Weed

Why the cost of smoking up depends on where you live

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What's Missing from the Latest Census Income Calculations

D.C. has one of the highest per capita incomes in the country, but that doesn't mean its workers are making more

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The Global Creativity Index

The U.S. stacks up better in this updated measure of the competitiveness of countries

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The World's Leading Creative Class Countries

The U.S. has fallen far behind in this key measure of human capital