Posts Tagged ‘metros’

Richard Florida
by Richard Florida
Thu Jul 21st 2011 at 10:00am UTC

If Metros Were Countries

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Based on new data from the United States Conference of Mayors and The Council for the New American City annual U.S. Metro Economies Report

The above map highlights some of the U.S.’s largest metropolitan areas, comparing their Gross Metropolitan Products to the nearest Gross Domestic Product equivalents of countries. If nothing else, it provides an insight into the sheer scale of the U.S. economy, even when it is in crisis.  As I noted in an earlier post, 37 of the world’s 100 largest economies are U.S. metros.

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Richard Florida
by Richard Florida
Wed Jun 29th 2011 at 10:02am UTC

Top Metros for Same-Sex Couples with Children

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

With the passage of the New York Marriage Equality Act, the number of gay couples in the US who are eligible to marry has now doubled, as my post yesterday noted.  Approximately 9 million Americans are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) – slightly less than four percent of the population, according a recent study by Gary Gates of UCLA’s Williams Institute.  Approximately half of lesbians and gay men are members of same-sex couples including an estimated 160,000 who are married, according to Gates’ research. Nearly one in five same-sex couple households are raising children, compared to about 45 percent of heterosexual couples, according to figures from the American Community Survey (ACS).

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Richard Florida
by Richard Florida
Tue Apr 5th 2011 at 7:30am UTC

The State Story: Growth without Growth

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

This past weekend, I had an oped in the New York Daily News about the widespread fallacy that population growth and prosperity go hand in hand.

Yes, the Sunbelt is growing and the Frostbelt declining.  That decades old meme was confirmed by the earliest releases of the new 2010 Census. “The quest for mild winters remains the great constant of American demographics,” wrote Walter Shapiro in a piece headlined “The Census Ratifies the Sunbelt’s Supremacy and Buoys the GOP.  “For the first time in history, more than half of the nation’s population (308,745,538) resides either in the South or in the warm-weather states of California, Arizona and New Mexico.”

But are those states that are adding people also growing economically?   Not so much, actually.

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Richard Florida
by Richard Florida
Fri Mar 18th 2011 at 10:00am UTC

Happy Cities, Revisited

Friday, March 18th, 2011

The new Gallup data on America’s happiest metro regions has just been released. Last year’s Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index ranked Silicon Valley as America’s happiest metro-region. This year Boulder, Colorado is the winner.  Boulder recently was named the best city for startups and registers highly on my own creativity rankings. College towns dominate the rankings. DC ranks tenth.

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