Where’s a Venn diagram or mapmaker when you want one?

  1. Oklahoma City
  2. Birmingham
  3. Memphis
  4. Indianapolis
  5. Columbus
  6. Kansas City
  7. Cincinnati
  8. San Antonio
  9. Charlotte
  10. Salt Lake City
  11. Nashville
  12. Atlanta
  13. Cleveland
  14. St. Louis
  15. Milwaukee
  16. Dallas-Fort Worth
  17. Jacksonville
  18. Houston
  19. Detroit
  20. Austin

"Where to Rent Cheap: Some rents in major metropolitan areas rose more than 10% this year, but apartments in the Midwest and South remain easy on the pocket," Business Week, Maya Roney, January 10, 2007

  1. Jacksonville, FL
  2. Columbus, OH
  3. Indianapolis, IN
  4. Charlotte, NC
  5. Dallas, TX
  6. Nashville, TN
  7. Houston, TX
  8. Raleigh-Durham, NC
  9. Washington, D.C. Metro

"10 Best Cities for African-Americans," Black Enterprise, earlier this year.

  1. New York, NY
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Fort Collins, CO
  4. Raleigh-Durham, NC
  5. Chicago, IL
  6. Portland, OR
  7. Boise, ID
  8. Salt Lake City, UT
  9. Miami, FL
  10. Austin, TX
  11. Madison, WI
  12. Tucson, AZ

U.S. cities listed in "30 Fastest Cities to Live, Work, and Play" slideshow in "Fast Cities 2007," Fast Company, Andrew Park, July/August 2007

3 replies on “Where’s a Venn diagram or mapmaker when you want one?”

new york is the #1 city for african americans?  interesting information there.  the price of living here is astronomical but I do think the job market is wide open if you have the right mentality (hustler, homie).

on the other hand I’m quite surprised ft. collins came in 3rd, as well…I was born in denver and go back occasionally to visit my father.  I wouldn’t imagine any city in colorado to be in that category due to a seriously lacking black population…but it is a beautiful state and the price of living is mad fair. 

I guess the moral is that I should enjoy where I am and where I came from, n’es pas?

I just realized I read this wrong…now it all comes together.  “30 fastest cities”…thats not nearly as brag-worthy as “the best”.  whomp whomp.

Swear, I don’t know how y’all New Yorkers keep making a dollar out of fifteen cents.

Fort Collins wasn’t top-of-mind for me, either. Western states offer opportunities (says the D.C. native-turned-Californian). Tucson, Boise, Salt Lake and Austin ain’t black-folks-central, but each has virtues that mightcould appeal to a critical mass of us. Five out of every six of us are urban (city/metro-dwellers) now. What’ll that mean one day if the city’s not coastal or Southern?

No moral at all. Just reality: Not only do we each have to use what we got to get what we want, we ought to use where we came from to get where we want to go (which makes “fastest cities” interesting to me, too).

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