Thursday, June 18, 2020

Where Should We Live?

I'm in the process of ranking the 19 U.S. metro areas we could possibly care to live in, on 18 different metrics. I'm still missing data for three of the categories, so it's still a work in progress. Nevertheless, an interesting fact is unfolding before me.

Here are the 19 locations: Cedar City UT, Charlotte NC, Chicago IL, Cincinnati OH, Columbus OH, Indianapolis IN, Jacksonville FL, Kansas City MO, Las Vegas NV, Louisville KY, Philadelphia PA, Phoenix AZ, Pittsburgh PA, Raleigh NC, Rexburg ID, Richmond VA, Saint George UT, Tallahassee FL, and Tucson AZ. And here are the 18 categories: church presence, temple access, airport connectivity, professional baseball, professional soccer, library quality, park access, volume of crime, proximity to family, desirability of climate, cost of living, traffic, natural disasters, university presence, transit options, homeschooling ease, dual-enrollment options, and family history ease. A location earns a score between 1 and 5 in each category, so a perfect location would get 90 points and a veritable Hell-on-Earth would get 18 points. (Three categories--library, park, and dual-enrollment--are still missing data, so right now the range is 15 to 75.)

As it now stands, the top areas are Cedar City, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and Raleigh, which are all tied at 56 points. (Pittsburgh's score will go up by one point when the announced temple is constructed.) And at the bottom of the list we find Jacksonville, with 41 points.

Yes, the place where I currently live is the worst possible place for me to live. I knew I didn't LOVE this town, but I didn't know it sucked so much. It turns out this place is pretty terrible. And that's before it even gets its score of 1 for park access.

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