Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Money Magazine Calls CR Da Bomb

Ok, so that headline is probably misleading, perhaps even a downright lie. But hey, that's what headlines are for now, right? The whole point is to get lazy readers who won't actually read the article to think what you want them to by writing eye-catching, deceitful headlines. Ah, the spiraling shape!

Back to Money Magazine. While they did not exactly call Cedar Rapids "da Bomb," they did rank it the 64th best place to live in the nation (small cities category). Three Iowa towns made the list: CR, Iowa City, and West Des Moines. Iowa City and WDM were 74th and 71st. Cedar Rapids moved up from 87th in last year's list. Topping the list this year were Fort Collins, Colorado and Naperville, Illinois. What was striking to me was how many cities on the list were suburbs - which makes cities like Fort Collins and Cedar Rapids' achievements that much more important. They don't get to piggy-back off of major cities' recreational opportunities, nor are they as wealthy as posh suburbs, making it more difficult to get good education scores (both education and entertainment are categories on which the cities are judged for the rankings). Hopefully, Money's list will help such smaller yet vibrant and livable cities gain more attention and attract more people, businesses, and investments.


Anonymous Jason said...

According to Babyfit.com, Cedar Rapids rated 18th nationwide among Healthiest Cities for Pregnancy, too. Yea!

Suburbs definitely should not have been on that list. If I were less lazy, I'd go through and remove all suburbs to see where Cedar Rapids really falls on the list.

8:06 AM  
Anonymous Jason said...

Also from babyfit.com:

"Among its numerous awards, Cedar Rapids has placed in the top 20 of Forbes Magazine’s “Best Places to Live.” Cedar Rapids was also named one of Forbes Magazine’s Top 10 “Best Small Places to Live” in 2003."

8:16 AM  
Blogger Kyky said...

64th? I hardly think that qualifies as 'da bomb.' 'Da fireworks' or 'da car backfire' or 'da 'sploding soda can' perhaps. Not 'da bomb.' That being said, you make an astute observation about the difference between suburbs and non-suburbs. Go CR!

8:27 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Actually, 64th is quite the honor. According to Money, there are 670 cities that fall into the the small city category (50,000 - 300,000 population) that are not retirement communities (over 50% elderly). So that means CR is ranked in the top 6% of such cities in the country! I also made a quick look at all the cities, and according to my count, only 7 cities placed higher than CR that weren't suburbs of major cities.

9:41 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

I messed up my math. CR is in the top 10%, not top 6%

9:42 AM  
Anonymous Jason said...

The #8 small city that's not a suburb of a major city? I think that's entering lethal explosive territory for sure!

2:15 PM  
Blogger Nathan said...

Yeah, I'm going to have to backup D on "da bomb" name-calling. Besides, any city that can spawn such amazing people as Dan, me, my wife, JL, and Jason's baby has to be da bomb. No doubt about it. "On this-a matter, there-a can-a be-a no debate-a," as Poppy so eloquently said.

2:40 PM  

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