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Lyft’s Top Destinations in Major American Cities

Jason C.
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What are the most popular destinations in major U.S. cities? Bars, restaurants, gyms—every major city has these establishments. Now, we have an idea of which ones people prefer the most thanks to Lyft. The rideshare company released their 2018 Lyftie Award Winners. The awards cover the most popular places in 45 cities. If you live in our around these cities, do the establishments look familiar?

Here’s the full list:

2018 Atlanta Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Dark Horse Tavern
Most Popular Concert Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Altanta Breakfast Club
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Waffle House
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LA Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Buckhead
Only In Atlanta: Ponce City Market

2018 Austin Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Whisler’s
Most Popular Concert Venue: Stubb’s
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: South Congress Cafe
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Kerbey Lane Cafe
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Castle Hill Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Rainey Street
Only In Austin: Barton Springs Pool

2018 Baltimore Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Max’s Taphouse
Most Popular Concert Venue: Royal Farms Arena
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Barcocina
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Planet Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Uptown Towson
Only In Baltimore : Horseshoe Casino

2018 Boston Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Lansdowne Pub
Most Popular Concert Venue: Agganis Arena
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: The Friendly Toast
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Felipe’s Taqueria
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: CorePower Yoga
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Southie
Only In Boston: Fenway Park

2018 Chicago Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Sidetrack
Most Popular Concert Venue: Douglas Park
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Beatrix
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: The Vig
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: XSport
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Boystown
Only In Chicago: Navy Pier

2018 Cleveland Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Punch Bowl Social
Most Popular Concert Venue: House of Blues Cleveland
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: TownHall
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Dive Bar
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Planet Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: East Bank Flats
Only In Cleveland: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

2018 Charlotte Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Ink n Ivy
Most Popular Concert Venue: PNC Music Pavilion
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Tupelo Honey
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Gin Mill South End
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Charlotte Athletic Club
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Uptown
Only In Charlotte: Epicentre

2018 Columbus Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Standard Hall
Most Popular Concert Venue: Ohio Stadium
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Forno Kitchen & Bar
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Union Cafe
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LA Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Short North
Only In Columbus: Hollywood Casino Columbus

2018 Dallas-Fort Worth Lyftie Award Winners
Most winners in Lyft’s 2018 list were in Dallas only. No standalone business locations from Fort Worth or other area cities made the list, so it’s odd they decided to say these were he winners for all of DFW.

Most Visited Bar: Backyard Dallas
Most Popular Concert Venue: American Airlines Center
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Pecan Lodge
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Whataburger
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LA Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Uptown Dallas
Only In Dallas-Fort Worth: The Statler

2018 Denver Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Avanti Food and Beverage
Most Popular Concert Venue: Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Snooze an A.M. Eatery
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Lodo’s Bar & Grill
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: 24 Hour Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Lodo
Only In Denver: Union Station

2018 Detroit Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: The Apparatus Room
Most Popular Concert Venue: Ford Field
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Dime Store
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Lafayette Coney Island
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Detroit Athletic Club
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Greektown
Only In Detroit: The Belt

2018 Honolulu Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Mai Tai Bar
Most Popular Concert Venue: The Republik
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Scratch Kitchen
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Chingu
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: UFC GYM
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Chinatown
Only In Honolulu: Diamond Head

2018 Houston Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Kung Fu Saloon
Most Popular Concert Venue: NRG Stadium
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Snooze, an A.M. Eatery
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Whataburger
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LA Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Midtown
Only In Houston: White Oak Music Hall

2018 Indianapolis Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Kilroy’s
Most Popular Concert Venue: Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Milktooth
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Brothers Bar & Grill
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LA Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Wholesale District
Only In Indianapolis: MIlitary Park

2018 Los Angeles Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: The Abbey
Most Popular Concert Venue: Hollywood Bowl
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Soho House
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: In-N-Out Burger
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LA Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: West Hollywood
Only In Los Angeles: Santa Monica Pier

2018 Las Vegas Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: PT’s
Most Popular Concert Venue: Downtown Las Vegas
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Carnival Buffet at The Rio Hotel
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Pho Kim Long Restaurant
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LVAC
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: The Las Vegas Strip
Only In Las Vegas: Caesar’s Palace

2018 Madison Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: The Old Fashioned
Most Popular Concert Venue: The Kohl Center
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: DLUX
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Red Rock Saloon
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: UW Natatorium
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Marquette
Only In Madison: Memorial Union Terrace

2018 Memphis Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: B.B. King’s Blues Club
Most Popular Concert Venue: FedEx Forum
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Tin Roof
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Life Time Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Beale Street Entertainment District
Only In Memphis: Graceland

2018 Miami Lyftie Award Winners

Most Popular Concert Venue: Hard Rock Stadium
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Big Pink
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Mango’s Tropical Cafe
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LA Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: South Beach
Only In Miami: Wynwood Walls

2018 Milwaukee Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Lakefront Brewery
Most Popular Concert Venue: Bradley Center
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Café Benelux
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Brothers Bar & Grill
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Wisconsin Athletic Club
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Haymarket
Only In Milwaukee : Miller Park

2018 Twin Cities Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: The Saloon
Most Popular Concert Venue: US Bank Stadium
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Union Bar & Grille
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Stella’s Fish Café & Prestige Oyster Bar
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LA Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Downtown West
Only In Twin Cities: Mall of America

2018 New Jersey Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Bar Anticipation
Most Popular Concert Venue: MetLife Stadium
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: The Cheesecake Factory
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Grasshopper off the Green
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Planet Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Atlantic City
Only In New Jersey: SoJo Spa Club

2018 New Orleans Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Bacchanal Fine Wine & Spirits
Most Popular Concert Venue: New Orleans City Park
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Commander’s Palace
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Dat Dog
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: City Park
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Bourbon Street
Only In New Orleans: Cafe Du Monde

2018 Nashville Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Acme Feed & Seed
Most Popular Concert Venue: Ascend Amphitheater
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Biscuit Love Gulch
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Lower Broadway / Downtown
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Downtown YMCA
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Lower Broadway / Downtown
Only In Nashville: Ryman Auditorium

2018 New York City Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Elsewhere
Most Popular Concert Venue: Forest Hills Stadium
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Smorgasburg
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Freehold
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Planet Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Freehold
Only In New York City: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

2018 New York (Upstate) Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: City Beer Hall
Most Popular Concert Venue: The St. Joseph’s Amphitheater at Lakeview
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Stella’s Diner
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Falley Allen
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LA Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Allentown
Only In New York (Upstate): Buffalo Riverworks

2018 Orange County Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Baja Sharkeez
Most Popular Concert Venue: Honda Center
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Mutt Lynch’s
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Goat Hill Tavern
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: 24 Hour Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Newport Beach
Only In Orange County: Disneyland Park

2018 Orlando Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Ember
Most Popular Concert Venue: Camping World Stadium
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Bahama Breeze
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Mango’s Tropical Cafe
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LA Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Wall Street Plaza
Only In Orlando: Disney Springs

2018 Ottawa Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: The Lieutenant’s Pump
Most Popular Concert Venue: Lansdowne Park
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Daly’s Restaurant
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Heart & Crown Irish Pub
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Movati Athletic
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: ByWard Market
Only In Ottawa: Carleton University

2018 Philadelphia Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Morgan’s Pier
Most Popular Concert Venue: Wells Fargo Center
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Parc
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Pat’s King of Steaks
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Planet Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Center City
Only In Philadelphia: Eastern State Penitentiary

2018 Phoenix Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: El Hefe Scottsdale
Most Popular Concert Venue: State Farm Stadium
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Bottled Blonde
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LA Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Scottsdale Entertainment District
Only In Phoenix: Talking Stick Resort

2018 Pittsburgh Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Tequila Cowboy Bar & Grill
Most Popular Concert Venue: Stage AE
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Eat’n Park
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Primanti Bros.
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LA Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: South Side
Only In Pittsburgh: Giant Eagle Supermarket

2018 Portland Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: White Owl Social Club
Most Popular Concert Venue: McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Tasty n Alder
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Voodoo Doughnut
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Multnomah Athletic Club
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Buckman
Only In Portland: OHSU’s Aerial Tram

2018 Richmond Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Southern Railway Taphouse
Most Popular Concert Venue: Innsbrook After Hours
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Maple & Pine Restaurant
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Southern Railway Taphouse
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Gold’s Gym
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: The Fan
Only In Richmond: Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

2018 San Antonio Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Sternewirth
Most Popular Concert Venue: Yanaguana Gardens
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Pearl Brewery
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Brass Monkey
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Gold’s Gym
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Tobin Hill
Only In San Antonio: Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

2018 Sacramento Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Faces Nightclub
Most Popular Concert Venue: Golden 1 Center
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Iron Horse Tavern
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: LowBrau Bierhalle
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: 24 Hour Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Lavender Heights
Only In Sacramento : The Shady Lady Saloon

2018 San Diego Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Mavericks Beach Club
Most Popular Concert Venue: Valley View Casino Center
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Breakfast Republic
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Mavericks Beach Club
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: 24 Hour Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Gaslamp Quarter
Only In San Diego: Petco Park

2018 Seattle Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Optimism Brewing Company
Most Popular Concert Venue: CenturyLink Field
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Portage Bay Cafe
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Big Mario’s Pizza
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Washington Athletic Club
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Only In Seattle: Seattle Center

2018 San Francisco Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Emporium SF Arcade Bar
Most Popular Concert Venue: Golden Gate Park
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Tartine Manufactory
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: In-N-Out Burger
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: 24 Hour Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: SoMa
Only In San Francisco: Ferry Building Marketplace

2018 San Jose Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: The Patio
Most Popular Concert Venue: Levi’s Stadium
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Flames Eatery & Bar
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: 4th St. Pizza Co.
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: 24 Hour Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Santana Row
Only In San Jose: Tres Gringos Cabo Cantina

2018 Salt Lake City Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: The Sun Trapp
Most Popular Concert Venue: USANA Amphitheatre
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Red Iguana
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Beer Bar
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Gym at City Creek
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Downtown Salt Lake City
Only In Salt Lake City: Powder Mountain Resort

2018 St. Louis Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Wheelhouse Downtown
Most Popular Concert Venue: Enterprise Center
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Pappy’s Smokehouse
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Broadway Oyster Bar
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Planet Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: The Grove
Only In St. Louis: The City Museum

2018 Toronto Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Rebel
Most Popular Concert Venue: Budweiser Stage
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Mildred’s Temple Kitchen
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Belfast Love Public House
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Myodetox Performance
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: West Queen West
Only In Toronto: CF Toronto Eaton Centre

2018 Tampa Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: Franklin Manor
Most Popular Concert Venue: Raymond James Stadium
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: The Cheesecake Factory
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: American Social
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: LA Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: Hyde Park
Only In Tampa: Armature Works

2018 Washington, DC Lyftie Award Winners

Most Visited Bar: El Centro D.F.
Most Popular Concert Venue: RFK Stadium
Most Visited Brunch Restaurant: Busboys and Poets
Most Visited Late Night Restaurant: Brixton
Most Visited Fitness Studio/Gym: Planet Fitness
Most Visited Late Night Neighborhood: 14th and U
Only In Washington, DC: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Featured photo by Wikimedia Commons

Lyftie award winners photos are screenshots by RPS Relocation

Seattle Is Now Home to Smallest Apartments in the USA

Jason C.
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Seattle

The real estate market varies in each city around the USA. Some cities offer great deals such as cheap housing, large backyards, or ample square footage per apartment. Cities within a certain region of the USA generally share a similar average square footage per apartment. Today, we’re going to focus on the city with the smallest average square footage per apartment: Seattle. MYNorthwest covered the study that came to this conclusion.

Let’s read what they have to say.

RentCafe’s Apartment Size Study

RentCafe conducted a nationwide study to determine the average apartment sizes (by square footage) for various regions. Joseph Albanese of MYNorthwest writes, “According to a study by RentCafe, Seattle boasts the tiniest apartments in the United States — an average apartment size of 711 square feet. That’s smaller than Manhattan, Los Angeles, and other major cities.”

People who live in or near major cities know that better deals can be found outside the city. Chicago, DC, New York City, Miami, and other cities are infamous for having housing that’s small or not affordable. Seattle tops the list for smallest average apartment. Why?

In a nutshell, the answer is supply and demand. Median income is related to the average cost of renting an apartment. The supply of apartments must meet the demand based upon what renters can afford. In Seattle, that means smaller apartments.

Joseph continues, “RentCafe considered new apartments built in Seattle between 2008 and 2018. To put Seattle’s 711 square foot average into some perspective, Manhattan and Chicago both have average sizes of 733 square feet.”

There are a couple important facts here. One is that the study only considers relatively new apartments (those built between 2008 and 2018). Another fact is that apartments in Manhattan and Chicago have larger square footage than those in Seattle. It’s surprising to think the average apartment is smaller in Seattle than it is in Manhattan.

Seattle Apartments are Getting Larger

With apartments in Seattle, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that average apartment size in Seattle is increasing; however, it isn’t increasing by much. As a matter of fact, the average apartment size only grew 4% from 2008-2018.

Here’s the bad news: Apartments in Seattle are getting more expensive. Joseph writes, “RentCafe notes that local rents shot up by 74 percent during that same time, from $1,186 in 2008 to $2,064 in 2018.”

As mentioned before, the average square footage of an apartment in Seattle is 711. To compare, the average square footage of an apartment in the Pacific Northwest region is 856. It would take Seattle decades to get to 856 square footage if sizes only rise 4% every 10 years. Speaking of regions around the USA, MYNorthwest also included a map of them.

The USA Map of Average Apartment Size

MYNorthwest included map put together by RentCafe. Titled “The Average Size of U.S. Apartments By Region”, this map shows 9 different regions around the county. It also lists the average apartment size overall in the country, which is 882 square feet.

Joseph shares another interesting fact from the data. He writes, “Nationally, rents for new apartments have gone up by 28 percent since 2008, while their sizes shrank by 5 percent. The average apartment in the US dropped by 52 square feet since 2008 (currently 941 square feet).”

The Southwest is the big winner when it comes to average apartment size. There, the average size is 975 square feet. The loser is California, which is considered a region due to its large size. The region of California has an average apartment size of 837 square feet. Seattle—the main focus on this article—has more than 100 less average square feet than that region.

Have you rented an apartment in a major city? How about Seattle? Let us know if your experience is in line with these average apartments sizes.

Featured photo by Johan Bos on Pexels

USA Map of Average Apartment Size photo is a screenshot by RPS Relocation

Best U.S. Cities for New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Joe Youngblood
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Dallas, Maps, Seattle

Get ready for 2019! In celebration of the new year, we decided to write about the best cities for New Year’s Eve celebrations. WalletHub compiled multiple data points in numeous cities to determine which ones made the cut.

Methodology of Choosing Cities

Adam McCann of WalletHub writes they used “three key dimensions: 1) Entertainment & Food, 2) Costs and 3) Safety & Accessibility. We evaluated those dimensions using 28 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for New Year’s Eve partiers.”

Among the 28 metrics, some are:

  • New Year’s Eve Events per Capita
  • Duration of 2018 Fireworks Show
  • Availability of Affordable Fine Dining
  • Average Alcoholic Beverage Price
  • Traffic Congestion
  • Neighborhood Security

The 100 Best Cities

Source: WalletHub

Using the 28 metrics, WalletHub was able to rank the top 100 cities. Let’s talk about the top five in order. They are: New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, San Diego, and Las Vegas.

New York has the world-famous Times Square celebrations; however, the celebrations of the other top cities are lesser known. Near Los Angeles, the EVE party at Universal Studios Hollywood is popular. In Atlanta, the popular Peach Drop emulates the ball drop in Times Square. Big Night San Diego is a popular New Year’s Eve party event. And in Las Vegas, 40,000 people watch multiple simultaneous fireworks shows from the downtown area.

Numerous cities in Texas, and Seattle, also ranked highly on the list. In Texas, some of the best cities are: San Antonio (#16), Dallas (#17), Houston (#22), Austin (#27), El Paso (#35), and Fort Worth (#46). Seattle clocks in fairly high at #15.

See the full list of the best U.S. cities for New Year’s Eve celebrations below. Have you attended a New Year’s Eve celebration in one of the cities below? We’d love to hear about your experience.

  1. New York, NY
  2. Los Angeles, CA
  3. Atlanta, GA
  4. San Diego, CA
  5. Las Vegas, NV
  6. Denver, CO
  7. Orlando, FL
  8. Chicago, IL
  9. Washington, DC
  10. San Francisco, CA
  11. Miami, FL
  12. New Orleans, LA
  13. Philadelphia, PA
  14. Birmingham, AL
  15. Seattle, WA
  16. San Antonio, TX
  17. Dallas, TX
  18. Louisville, KY
  19. Nashville, TN
  20. Virginia Beach, VA
  21. Tampa, FL
  22. Houston, TX
  23. Portland, OR
  24. Indianapolis, IN
  25. Pittsburgh, PA
  26. Buffalo, NY
  27. Austin, TX
  28. Cincinnati, OH
  29. Tucson, AZ
  30. Minneapolis, MN
  31. Scottsdale, AZ
  32. Sacramento, CA
  33. Baltimore, MD
  34. Raleigh, NC
  35. El Paso, TX
  36. Anaheim, CA
  37. Boston, MA
  38. Honolulu, HI
  39. Milwaukee, WI
  40. Charlotte, NC
  41. St. Louis, MO
  42. Omaha, NE
  43. Madison, WI
  44. Irvine, CA
  45. Long Beach, CA
  46. Fort Worth, TX
  47. Phoenix, AZ
  48. Greensboro, NC
  49. Detroit, MI
  50. Oklahoma City, OK
  51. Henderson, NV
  52. Reno, NV
  53. Columbus, OH
  54. Colorado Springs, CO
  55. St. Paul, MN
  56. Boise, ID
  57. Durham, NC
  58. Chandler, AZ
  59. Lexington-Fayette, KY
  60. Wichita, KS
  61. Santa Ana, CA
  62. Jacksonville, FL
  63. Gilbert, AZ
  64. Baton Rouge, LA
  65. Fresno, CA
  66. Tulsa, OK
  67. Memphis, TN
  68. Cleveland, OH
  69. Riverside, CA
  70. Kansas City, MO
  71. Lubbock, TX
  72. Hialeah, FL
  73. Corpus Christi, TX
  74. Mesa, AZ
  75. St. Petersburg, FL
  76. Oakland, CA
  77. Plano, TX
  78. Laredo, TX
  79. Arlington, TX
  80. Albuquerque, NM
  81. Lincoln, NE
  82. Fort Wayne, IN
  83. San Jose, CA
  84. Chesapeake, VA
  85. Norfolk, VA
  86. Bakersfield, CA
  87. Toledo, OH
  88. Jersey City, NJ
  89. Winston-Salem, NC
  90. Aurora, CO
  91. Glendale, AZ
  92. Chula Vista, CA
  93. Irving, TX
  94. Stockton, CA
  95. Newark, NJ
  96. San Bernardino, CA
  97. North Las Vegas, NV
  98. Anchorage, AK
  99. Fremont, CA
  100. Garland, TX

Featured photo by Jonathan Petersson on Pexels

Most Expensive Cities for Commuting in the USA

Jason C.
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Dallas, Data Visualization, Maps, Moving News, Seattle

What’s your daily commute like? If you live in or near a major city, traffic is probably a fact of life. Back in August, we shared how much time people of major cities waste over the course of their lives by commuting. The data was put together by EducatedDriver.org. Now, they’re back with more information about your commute; however, this time, they share how much money you spend on gas and vehicle maintenance.

Recall that the average American spends about 408 days commuting. That’s over an entire year of their life driving! In addition to spending time, people also spend money as they drive. Alex Lauderdale writes, “We did the math for nearly 100 major US cities, and found the average American will spend $108,727 on gas and vehicle maintenance costs associated with commuting while driving 173,203 miles to and from work in their lifetime. That’s enough miles to drive around the world 7 times!”

Lifetime Cost of Commuting Map

A quick glance at the map above shows this: red, yellow, and green circles. The circles represent the lifetime cost of commuting in a certain city. The red circles indicate the most expensive cities, the yellow circles indicate more of the average-costing cities, and the green circles indicate cities that are least expensive for commuting.

The lifetime cost of commuting is most in Atlanta. The average round-trip there is 26 miles and the average cost of commuting there is a whopping $182,886. Let’s take a look at some other areas.

Texas has six cities on the map: Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, and McAllen. Texas is the only state that has two large red circles which cover Dallas and Houston. Check out a photo of Texas below.

California is the state with the most cities on the map. The ten circles cover the following cities: Sacramento, Stockton, San Francisco, San Jose, Fresno, Bakersfield, Oxnard, Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Diego. We often hear about how bad the traffic can be in Los Angles; however, the city has a yellow circle. As a matter of fact, California has no red circles at all. See the photo of the state below.

Top 30 Expensive Cities for Commuting

Where are the most expensive cities for commuting? You have to click each circle to determine exactly how expensive the city is for commuting. To make better sense the map, we turned a large part of the data into a list.

Below, you’ll find the top 30 most expensive cities for commuting. As stated earlier, Atlanta is the most expensive, followed closely by Dallas, Houston, and Phoenix. Check it out as the list goes from most expensive to least:

  1. Atlanta, GA – $182,886
  2. Dallas, TX – $174,314
  3. Houston, TX – $174,314
  4. Phoenix, AZ – $162,883
  5. Nashville, TN – $157,168
  6. Detroit, MI – $148,595
  7. Birmingham, AL – $144,309
  8. Chicago, IL – $142,880
  9. St. Louis, MO – $142,880
  10. Charlotte, NC – $138,594
  11. Minneapolis, MN – $135,736
  12. Indianapolis, IL – $131,450
  13. Orlando, FL – $130,021
  14. Knoxville, TX – $130,021
  15. Washington, DC – $130,021
  16. Jacksonville, FL – $130,021
  17. Riverside, CA – $130,021
  18. Seattle, WA – $128,592
  19. Columbia, SC – $128,592
  20. Kansas City, MO – $127,163
  21. Memphis, TN – $127,163
  22. San Antonio, TX – $125,734
  23. Los Angeles, CA – $125,734
  24. Jackson, MS – $124,306
  25. Richmond, VA – $124,306
  26. Cincinnati, OH – $124,306
  27. Austin, TX – $122,877
  28. Baltimore, MD – $122,877
  29. Columbus, OH – $122,877
  30. Miami, FL – $122,877

The Methodology of the Map

How did EducatedDriver.org come up with the data used to compile the map? Alex Lauderdale writes, “For the purposes of this study, we assumed the average person starts full-time work at 18 (some people start earlier, others a bit later). We also know the average retirement age is 63 in the United States. That works out to a total of 45 years working a full-time job.”

This tells us that the data isn’t precise; however, it’s essentially as estimate based upon common knowledge such as the average retirement age and total years the average person works.

Alex continues, “From there, we operated based on the assumption most people work about 250 days per year, accounting for 2 weeks yearly vacation and time off. That adds up to a whopping 11,250 days of working/commuting over a career.”

Again, we’re seeing best estimates based upon data averages. Not everyone has exactly 2 weeks of vacation each year. Some people have more vacation than that and not everyone uses all of their vacation days.

Finally, Alex pulled data about the average round trip distances as well as how much it costs per mile to drive a vehicle. He writes, “we used data from the US Census Bureau on average daily round trip commute distances as well as data from AAA on the total cost per mile of operating a vehicle (60.8 cents per mile for the average sedan when gas, insurance, and maintenance costs are considered).”

How does your city commute compare with the rest of the country? Do you live near a red, yellow, or green circle? We’re interested in your experience and want to know if it lines up with the data! Use the comments area below to share your story.

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The Best Cities in the USA for Sports in 2018 Ranked

Jason C.
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Dallas, Maps, Seattle

The World Series, Super Bowl, and Stanley Cup are among the pinnacles of sports. These championship events give way to heightened emotion, excitement, and, ultimately, victory or defeat plunging cities into mourning, jubilation, and sometimes anarchy-esque chaos. The larger cities across the country normally have a healthy amount of sports teams and fans that eagerly pursue winning one of these crowns. Others, not so much. Which U.S. cities are the best for sports? In an attempt to answer this, Wallet Hub put together 2018’s best cities for sports.

Adam McCann of WalletHub explains the methodology in picking the best cities. In a nutshell, he writes, “each sports category was assigned a weight corresponding with the total percentage of adults in the U.S. who claim to follow that particular sport, according to The Global Sports Media Consumption Report”.

The sports we are going to highlight are football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and soccer.

Mapping the Best Cities for Sports

Source: WalletHub

Wallet Hub ran the data to create a visualization of what their findings look like on a map. As you can see, circles — some larger than others — dot the landscape. The larger circles indicate best sports cities that overall rank lower on the list. The smaller circles, like Boston, Chicago, and Los Angeles, indicate cities that are the best of the best when it comes to sports cities.

At a quick glance, it looks like the best cities listed are more or less in tune with the general population size. For example, circles are found up and down the east coast stretching all the way to the Midwest. After that, there are cities few and far between until arriving on the west coast. On the east coast, California has the most of these best cities for sports.

The Best Cities for Football

The Philadelphia Eagles won 2018’s Super Bowl and the city ranks 8th on the list of best cities for football. The Green Bay Packers, a legendary team that is owned by the fans in a city of just over 100,000 people, have the top spot. The #2 slot goes to the Steel City where the Pittsburgh Steelers and their fan are always revved up for game day. Dallas takes the #3 spot even though the professional NFL team that has their name is actually about 20.5 miles away in Arlington, TX. The Cowboys and their fans call themselves “America’s Team” which may have been more true in the 90’s than it is today where “Most of Texas’ team” is likely more fitting. Still the city of Dallas’ mood often fits with how well the Cowboys played the week before and much of the area pays close attention to every decision the team makes. The New England Patriots out of Boston, MA sit just outside of the top 3 spots at #4. The team has competed in the Super Bowl eight times in the last twenty years, out of those appearances they have won five NFL championships.

Here are the top 30 best cities for football:

  1. Green Bay, WI
  2. Pittsburgh, PA
  3. Dallas, TX
  4. Boston, MA
  5. New York, NY
  6. Los Angeles, CA
  7. Glendale, AZ
  8. Philadelphia, PA
  9. Oakland, CA
  10. Cincinnati, OH
  11. Atlanta, GA
  12. Seattle, WA
  13. New Orleans, LA
  14. Washington, DC
  15. Indianapolis, IN
  16. Miami, FL
  17. Kansas City, MO
  18. Minneapolis, MN
  19. Charlotte, NC
  20. Nashville, TN
  21. Buffalo, NY
  22. Cleveland, OH
  23. Baltimore, MD
  24. San Francisco, CA
  25. Detroit, MI
  26. Tampa, FL
  27. Chicago, IL
  28. Denver, CO
  29. Houston, TX
  30. Jacksonville, FL

The Best Cities for Basketball

The #1 Los Angeles Lakers were to the 2000s what the Chicago Bulls were to the 1990s. Coach Phil Jackson and players Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant propelled the Lakers to three straight championship wins. The Lakers won five championships from 2000-2010. #2 Boston Celtics saw legendary basketball champion Larry Bird play for the team; however, the Celtics were good even before he joined. The Celtics won the NBA Finals an amazing 8 times in a row from 1959-1966. The #3 Golden State Warriors (Oakland, CA) are the hottest team in basketball right now. They won 2018’s NBA Finals. The Warriors also won in 2015 and 2017. Steve Curry is to the Warriors what Michael Jordan was to the Chicago Bulls.

Here are the top 30 best cities for basketball:

  1. Los Angeles, CA
  2. Boston, MA
  3. Oakland, CA
  4. San Antonio, TX
  5. Salt Lake City, UT
  6. Miami, FL
  7. Oklahoma City, OK
  8. Chicago, IL
  9. Cleveland, OH
  10. Philadelphia, PA
  11. New York, NY
  12. Washington, DC
  13. Dallas, TX
  14. Houston, TX
  15. Atlanta, GA
  16. Indianapolis, IN
  17. Orlando, FL
  18. Portland, OR
  19. New Orleans, LA
  20. Sacramento, CA
  21. Milwaukee, WI
  22. Detroit, MI
  23. Chapel Hill, NC
  24. Lawrence, KS
  25. Memphis, TN
  26. Minneapolis, MN
  27. Durham, NC
  28. Charlotte, NC
  29. Denver, CO
  30. Lexington, KY

The Best Cities for Baseball

The Boston Red Sox won 2018’s World Series and ranks at number 8 in the best cities for baseball. The Red Sox have competed in the championship game twice in the past 10 years. They won both times. Their rivals are the New York Yankees. #1 New York is home to the Yankees and Mets. #2 Los Angeles is home to the Angels and they’ve only had one World Series win (2002). The team became more popular after the 1994 movie “Angeles in the Outfield”. The #3 St. Louis Cardinals have won numerous championship games; however, the lost in 2003 to the current champs (Boston Red Sox).

Here are the top 30 best cities for baseball:

  1. New York, NY
  2. Los Angeles, CA
  3. St. Louis, MO
  4. Atlanta, GA
  5. Chicago, IL
  6. San Francisco, CA
  7. Cincinnati, OH
  8. Boston, MA
  9. Pittsburgh, PA
  10. Arlington, TX
  11. Oakland, CA
  12. Minneapolis, MN
  13. Detroit, MI
  14. St. Petersburg, FL
  15. Baltimore, MD
  16. Milwaukee, WI
  17. Cleveland, OH
  18. Philadelphia, PA
  19. San Diego, CA
  20. Kansas City, MO
  21. Phoenix, AZ
  22. Houston, TX
  23. Denver, CO
  24. Seattle, WA
  25. Washington, DC
  26. Miami, FL
  27. Buies Creek, NC
  28. Spokane, WA
  29. Annapolis, MD
  30. Durham, NC

The Best Cities for Hockey

The Washington Capitals won 2018’s Stanley Cup and the city ranks at number 10 in the best cities for hockey. The Chicago Blackhawks are notable because they won the championship game three times in the last ten years. The #1 Boston Bruins have played in the Stanley Cup 19 times and won 6 of them. The #2 Detroit Red Wings, however, won even more championship games. The Red Wings have played in the Stanley Cup 24 times and won 11 of them. Finally, the #3 Pittsburgh Penguins have played in the finals only 6 times; however, the Penguins won 5 out of 6 of those games. That gives the Penguins a better win percentage over the Bruins and Red Wings.

Here are the top 30 best cities for hockey:

  1. Boston, MA
  2. Detroit, MI
  3. Pittsburgh, PA
  4. New York, NY
  5. Chicago, IL
  6. Newark, NJ
  7. St. Louis, MO
  8. Buffalo, NY
  9. Anaheim, CA
  10. Washington, DC
  11. Philadelphia, PA
  12. San Jose, CA
  13. St. Paul, MN
  14. Denver, CO
  15. Sunrise, FL
  16. Tampa, FL
  17. Los Angeles, CA
  18. Las Vegas, NV
  19. Dallas, TX
  20. Glendale, AZ
  21. Nashville, TN
  22. Raleigh, NC
  23. Columbus, OH
  24. Ann Arbor, MI
  25. Durham, NH
  26. Grand Forks, ND
  27. Lewiston, NY
  28. Hamilton, NY
  29. Hanover, NH
  30. Orono, ME

The Best Cities for Soccer

Toronto FC is 2018’s MLS Cup winner. While a North America Soccer team, Toronto is not applicable to the best cities map because it only covers the United States. The top spot for soccer is held by Los Angeles whose team, LA Galaxy, has won the MLS Cup three times in the last ten years. #1 LA Galaxy is popular in part due to having international soccer star David Beckham as a former player. He helps the Galaxy win two straight MLS Cups (2011 and 2012). The #2 Orlando City Lions only became a team 5 years ago, in 2013. The demographic and local support for soccer lead to the creation of the team. Finally, the #3 Seattle Sounders is also a relatively new team. The Sounders were formed 11 years ago, in 2007, for the same reasons as the creation of the Orlando Lions. Soccer is becoming more popular in the U.S.!

Here are the top 30 best cities for soccer:

  1. Los Angeles, CA
  2. Orlando, FL
  3. Seattle, WA
  4. Portland, OR
  5. New York, NY
  6. Salt Lake City, UT
  7. Washington, DC
  8. Kansas City, MO
  9. Atlanta, GA
  10. Chicago, IL
  11. Houston, TX
  12. Columbus, OH
  13. Cary, NC
  14. Minneapolis, MN
  15. Boston, MA
  16. Dallas, TX
  17. San Jose, CA
  18. Denver, CO
  19. Philadelphia, PA
  20. Piscataway, NJ
  21. Cincinnati, OH
  22. Louisville, KY
  23. Sacramento, CA
  24. Charleston, SC
  25. Miami, FL
  26. Richmond, VA
  27. St. Louis, MO
  28. Bethlehem, PA
  29. San Antonio, TX
  30. Tulsa, OK

Dallas, Seattle, Las Vegas, Kansas City, and Chicago

If you’be been following our blog, you know that these cities are great places to live for various reasons. Where do they stand as the best cities for sports? Check them out below.

  • Dallas—Football: 3; Basketball: 13; Baseball: 177; Hockey: 19; Soccer: 16
  • Seattle—Football: 12; Basketball: 83; Baseball: 24; Hockey: 450; Soccer: 3
  • Las Vegas—Football: 197; Basketball: 198; Baseball: 89; Hockey: 18; Soccer: 43
  • Kansas City—Football: 450; Basketball: 450; Baseball: 450; Hockey: 450; Soccer: 45
  • Chicago—Football: 27; Basketball: 8; Baseball: 5; Hockey: 5; Soccer: 10

Featured photo is a screenshot of Wallet Hub sports map by RPS Relocation

All sports photos by CC0 Creative Commons on Pixabay

Map of  best sports cities is embedded from WalletHub

Best Cities in the USA for Foodies to Live in

Jason C.
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Dallas, Moving News, Seattle

Some cities are better than others when it comes to food. More specifically, some cities are better for “foodies”. Foodies are those who explore new flavors and learn about different types of foods. WalletHub put together a comprehensive list of the best cities in America for foodies. They ranked the top 182 cities, to include the 150 most populous. Let’s explore some of these cities more in detail.

The Top 25 Cities

Topping the list is Portland, Oregon. Portland is well known as a “hipster haven” whose residents reach for the authentic. That includes food. Voodoo Donuts, Moonstruck Chocolates, Salt & Straw Ice Cream—theses are some of the food establishments Portland is known for.

The top 35 cities are as follows:

  1. Portland, OR
  2. San Francisco, CA
  3. Miami, FL
  4. New York, NY
  5. Los Angeles, CA
  6. Orlando, FL
  7. Las Vegas, NV
  8. Seattle, WA
  9. San Diego, CA
  10. Austin, TX
  11. Atlanta, GA
  12. Tampa, FL
  13. Chicago, IL
  14. Denver, CO
  15. Washington, DC
  16. Sacramento, CA
  17. Philadelphia, PA
  18. Houston, TX
  19. Oakland, CA
  20. Charleston, SC
  21. San Antonio, TX
  22. Cincinnati, OH
  23. Richmond, VA
  24. Milwaukee, WI
  25. Fort Lauderdale, FL
  26. Honolulu, HI
  27. Pittsburgh, PA
  28. Santa Ana, CA
  29. Albuquerque, NM
  30. St. Louis, MO
  31. Dallas, TX
  32. Rochester, NY
  33. Louisville, KY
  34. Minneapolis, MN
  35. Tucson, AZ

California and Texas: The States for Foodies

Of the 182 best cities for foodies, Califonia has 29 of them and Texas has 16. Granted, those two states are the two largest in the country, population wise. California is known for In-N-Out and avocado toast while Texas is known for Texas BBQ, Tex-Mex, chicken fried steak, and Texas chili. These famous food options are extremely simplified and one can find all types of lesser-known delights in these states and others.

While some Texans won’t be surprised at how well Austin and Houston ranked, they might be confused by Dallas ranking #31 on the list well after San Antonio and even lower than Albuquerque, NM. Ouch.

How These Cities Were Chosen

Adam McCann writes, “In order to determine the best and cheapest local foodie scenes, WalletHub compared 182 cities — including the 150 most populated U.S. cities, plus at least two of the most populated cities in each state — across two key dimensions, “Affordability” and “Diversity, Accessibility & Quality.”

Having these dimensions is important for a few reasons. With affordability, it was important for WalletHub that the food be accessible to the general population. For example, not everyone can afford a $100 meal, even if the taste is out of this world. Affordability doesn’t negate the lack of quality; instead, having affordable, quality food strikes a balance. The diversity of food within a city touches on the exploratory aspect of a city being known as a foodie haven.

Other Considerations

Cost of groceries, average alcohol prices, restaurants per capita, and coffee shops per capita are among additional factors that were taken into consideration.

Texas has 4 of the top 5 cities—Laredo, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, and Houston—for the lowest priced groceries. The other city is Knoxville, TN. For the highest-priced groceries, the cities from the list consist of New York, NY, Seattle, WA, Juneau, AK, Honolulu, HI, and Pearl City, HI.

Alcohol is cheapest in Indianapolis, IN, Detroit, MI, Toledo, OH, Milwaukee, WI, Boise City, ID, and Nampa, ID. It’s most expensive in Portland, OR, Vancouver, WA, Anchorage, AK, New York, NY, Juneau, AK, and Seattle, WA.

What’s striking here is that while Portland is number one on the list, alcohol is the most expensive in the city. Portland also has the highest number of breweries per capita which is something WalletHub also took into consideration.

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Worst U.S. Cities for Fall Allergies in 2018

Jason C.
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Dallas, Moving News, Seattle

Allergies—a health condition whereby the immune system is negatively impacted by foreign particles or substances—are a public nuisance. These substances can be found in cities across the nation; however, some places have a significantly higher amount than others.

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) conducted a comprehensive study to identify where allergies are the worst during the Fall season. The actually listed 100 cities, which you’ll see at the end of this article.

AAFA’s Criteria for Inclusion

How did the AAFA determine which cities made the cut, and which didn’t? They describe it in detail: “The ranking is based on analysis of data from the 100 most-populated Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) in the contiguous 48 states. The three (3) individual factors analyzed for the 2018 rankings are: seasonal (Fall) pollen score, medication use (allergy) and number of allergy specialists. For each factor, AAFA used the most recently available calendar year data. Weights are applied to each factor; factors are not weighted equally. Total scores are calculated as a composite of all three factors.”

Tips for Allergy Prevention

The AAFA provides actionable tips which will help you avoid or reduce your allergies. The recommend wearing sunglasses outdoors, removing shoes in the home, and keeping windows closed. If you have carpeting, regular vacuuming will reduce allergens in your home. Bed sheets should also be cleaned on a regular basis.

The AAFA also recommends “CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly” products such as cleaning supplies. You can also find allergy-friendly bed mattresses and HVAC filters. The more allergy friendly products you own, the better chance you have at mitigating the presence of allergies in your home.

The Top 100 Cities with Fall Allergies

The cities below are ranked from worst to best as the “most challenging places to live with fall allergies”.

  1. McAllen, TX
  2. Louisville, KY
  3. Jackson, MS
  4. San Antonio, TX
  5. Dayton, OH
  6. Providence, RI
  7. Memphis, TN
  8. Syracuse, NY
  9. Oklahoma City, OK
  10. Toledo, OH
  11. El Paso, TX
  12. Springfield, MA
  13. Baton Rouge, LA
  14. Knoxville, TN
  15. New Orleans, LA
  16. Wichita, KS
  17. Buffalo, NY
  18. Richmond, VA
  19. Akron, OH
  20. New Haven, CT
  21. Little Rock, AR
  22. Chattanooga, TN
  23. Hartford, CT
  24. Detroit, MI
  25. Dallas, TX
  26. Birmingham, AL
  27. Philadelphia, PA
  28. Columbia, SC
  29. Columbus, OH
  30. Tulsa, OK
  31. Greenville, SC
  32. Albany, NY
  33. Grand Rapids, MI
  34. 21 Cleveland, OH
  35. Pittsburgh, PA
  36. Charleston, SC
  37. New York, NY
  38. Scranton, PA
  39. Miami, FL
  40. St. Louis, MO
  41. Bridgeport, CT
  42. Austin, TX
  43. Allentown, PA
  44. Las Vegas, NV
  45. Omaha, NE
  46. Greensboro, NC
  47. Winston-Salem, NC
  48. Augusta, GA
  49. Virginia Beach, VA
  50. Cape Coral, FL
  51. Houston, TX
  52. Jacksonville, FL
  53. Fresno, CA
  54. Tucson, AZ
  55. Madison, WI
  56. Cincinnati, OH
  57. Nashville, TN
  58. Chicago, IL
  59. Rochester, NY
  60. Riverside, CA
  61. Charlotte, NC
  62. Indianapolis, IN
  63. Orlando, FL
  64. Des Moines, IA
  65. Los Angeles, CA
  66. Modesto, CA
  67. Lakeland, FL
  68. Minneapolis, MN
  69. Harrisburg, PA
  70. Kansas City, MO
  71. Albuquerque, NM
  72. Tampa, FL
  73. Durham, NC
  74. Worcester, MA
  75. Oxnard, CA
  76. Atlanta, GA
  77. Milwaukee, WI
  78. Baltimore, MD
  79. Bakersfield, CA
  80. Phoenix, AZ
  81. Boston, MA
  82. Palm Bay, FL
  83. Washington, DC
  84. San Diego, CA
  85. Spokane, WA
  86. Stockton, CA
  87. Daytona Beach, FL
  88. Sarasota, FL
  89. Raleigh, NC
  90. Sacramento, CA
  91. Salt Lake City, UT
  92. San Francisco, CA
  93. Ogden, UT
  94. Colorado Springs, CO
  95. Seattle, WA
  96. San Jose, CA
  97. Boise, ID
  98. Portland, OR
  99. Provo, UT
  100. Denver, CO

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The Best Places to Live in America

Jason C.
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Dallas, Moving News, Seattle

One of the reasons people relocate is to chase an opportunity. Another reason is for them is to enjoy a heightened quality of life. The better quality of life may include lower crime, increased affordability, or a larger number of amenities offered by the city or local organization. MONEY, a division of Time Magazine, put together a list of the 50 greatest places to live in America. Here are their top ten picks:

  1. Frisco, Texas
  2. Ashburn, Virginia
  3. Carmel, Indiana
  4. Ellicott City, Maryland
  5. Cary, North Carolina
  6. Franklin, Tennessee
  7. Dublin, California
  8. Highlands Ranch, Colorado
  9. Sammamish, Washington
  10. Woodbury, Minnesota

Criteria to Make the List

The list—which features cities from all over the country—is governed by nine categories. They are:

  •  Economy
  •  Cost of Living
  •  Diversity
  •  Education
  •  Income
  •  Housing
  •  Crime
  •  Amenities
  •  Ease of Living

Having this many categories allowed MONEY to conduct a comprehensive analysis in support of their findings. In addition, they write “we looked only at places with populations of 50,000 or greater. We eliminated any place that had more than double the national crime risk, less than 85% of its state’s median household income, or a lack of ethnic diversity. This gave us 583 places.” Narrowing the criteria by these small factors meant that only 8.5% of cities would be chosen.

With regards to home prices, MONEY needed to find a partner with access to a database of nation-wide prices. So they teamed up with Realtor.com. Realtor.com—an online real estate broker—was the perfect answer to MONEY’s problem. The real estate broker was able to grant access to home prices in virtually every city across the country.

There are two places I’d like to focus on due to their close proximity to the cities we serve. Frisco, TX is near Dallas and Sammamish, WA is near Seattle. Let’s start with Frisco.

The Greatest Place: Frisco, TX

There’s another bonus to talking about Frisco, TX: It ranks number one on the list! Frisco excels in every category of criteria. MONEY writes Frisco is “a sleepy bedroom community of 6,500 people as recently as 1990, the city today houses around 180,000 residents. Jobs are projected to grow by nearly 15% over the next four years, according to Moody’s Analytics, and companies from T-Mobile to Oracle have offices in the city.” Here’s what this means: People are flocking to Frisco and there’s no indication its popularity will wane anytime soon.

Frisco is also a great place for growing families. Indeed, public schools in the city have “the highest graduation rate of all the cities and towns MONEY evaluated this year.”

A Tech and Outdoors Haven: Sammamish, WA

Sammamish also ranks very highly on the list, coming in at number nine. When people think about tech companies, they think “Silicon Valley” which is located in California; however, Sammamish “attracts many of the people who work for Microsoft, Amazon, Expedia and other tech giants.” Like Silicon Valley, the home prices are relatively expensive. But here’s the good news: salaries are relatively high as well.

Culture and recreational living flourish in Sammamish. The city has fourteen parks and nature preserves which are populated by diverse wildlife. Sammamish is also home to regular concerts and exhibitions.

Take a look at other places on the list. If you’re interested in relocation anywhere, make sure you use our form to get a free moving quote.

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How Much Time Residents Of Major USA Cities Waste Commuting In Their Lifetime

Jason C.
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Dallas, Data Visualization, Maps, Seattle

How much time do you spend driving? If you live in or near a major city, the answer is probably “a lot”. EducatedDriver.org has put together a data visualization map which details the average round trip commute time that may affect you.

Alex Lauderdale, the author of the article, writes “We did the math for nearly 1,000 US cities. The average American loses 408 days of their life commuting, and in many areas, the toll is even higher.” Let’s dig a little deeper and look at some individual cities listed.

Here’s How Much Time You’ll Waste Commuting in Your Lifetime (by City)

The Cities We Serve

Here at RPS Relocation, we focus on offering a great relocation experience in Dallas, Seattle, Las Vegas, and Boulder; so we’ll use them as examples. What is the average commute time like in each of these cities? We’ve sorted them from worst to best, starting with Seattle which is the worst on this map.

Seattle, WASeattle has one of the worst average round trip commute times in the country. If you look closely at the visualization, the city is marked by a red circle which stands for the longest commutes. Indeed, a commuter in Seattle will spend 463 days of their life on the road. The average round trip commute time is 59.2 minutes.

Dallas, TXDallas is orange on the map, which is one step better. A commuter in the city will lose 436 days of their life by driving in or around it. The average round trip commute time in Dallas is 55.8 minutes. Dallas must have just missed being in the red due to its close proximity to the commuting times Seattle drivers have to deal with.

Las Vegas, NVLas Vegas, like Dallas, is also in the “orange zone”. A commuter in Sin City will spend 381 days of their life on the road. The average round trip commute time in Las Vegas is 48.8 minutes.

Boulder, CO — Out of the four cities, drivers in Boulder have it the best. The city is right in the middle when it comes to average commute times. The area is marked by a yellow circle. A driver in Boulder will lose 350 days of their life to commuting. That’s just under one year! The average round trip commute time in Boulder, CO is 44.8 minutes.

Other Major or Growing Cities

Major cities in red on the visualization map seem to be the largest in the country. Many of the ones in yellow seem to be growing or up-and-coming cities. Austin, Charlotte, and Denver come to mind. For the remainder, take a glance at where these cities stand with regards to the average round trip commute time. The number after each city is the round trip time in minutes.

Red Circle
New York 71.8
Washington D.C. 68.8
Chicago 64.4
San Francisco 64.2
Boston 64
Philadelphia 63
Miami 61.2
Los Angeles 60.8
Houston 59

Orange Circle
San Jose 54.6
Denver 54.6
Nashville 54
Detroit 53.4
Austin 52.8
Jacksonville 52.6
Charlotte 52.6
Portland 52.4
Phoenix 52
San Antonio 51.4
San Diego 50.6

Yellow Circle
Kansas City 45.8
Oklahoma City 44.8

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Seattle is the Number 11 City in the USA for Digital Startups

Joe Youngblood
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Seattle

If you’re looking to make a move so you can be the founder and CEO of your own startup or work at a hot new tech company. Then Seattle, WA might be where you want to go. Moving to Seattle can be a bit of difficult task for some people. To make your move easier check out our list of moving tools and our ultimate moving checklist.

A recent report on American cities and communities ranked Seattle #11 in the top cities for digital innovation. The report, Innovation that Matters, is an annual research publication which seeks to see how cities and  communities are working to support the move to a more digitally based economy. The reports authors, venture capital firm 1776, gave out high marks for the number of people moving to Seattle with tech skills and for having relatively even presence in the 4 major tech sectors; Education, Energy, Health, and Smart Cities. Seattle scored highest in the startup-Education sector, established-Energy sector, startup-Health sector, and the startup-Smart Cities sector. The survey concluded that hiring talented digital workers in Seattle would be pretty easy naming it the #2 city for ha skilled work force and the #4 overall top talent pools for startups in the country powered in part by the presence of Amazon and Microsoft in the region and the long-term impact the general I.T. industry has had on the city and it’s economy.

seattle ranks high for incoming workers with tech skills

The talent base in Seattle is thriving. The city (home-base for tech titans Amazon and Microsoft) has been vaulted into the upper echelon of U.S. tech hubs. Additionally, the city’s robust population inflows, educated millennials and skilled tech workforce make it a powerhouse when it comes to attracting top talent. – 1776, Innovation that Matters report

However, the researchers also concluded that there were disconnects in the startup industry as to how well the startup scene is spread around the city and metro area. Most digital startups are located in the same part of Seattle, Downtown which makes it feel like a strong dense community to the startups but not to everyone in the city. This is important because startups need more than just their friends next door to support them to be successful, they need more people in local business communities to be involved as well, Seattle ranks #24 in this regard. The city ranks #21 (out of 25 cities/areas) in the number of mentors, #22 in cheerleaders, & #22 in engaged citizens as well.

seattle vs. raleigh north carolina startups

The tech startup scene in Raleigh-Durham vs. Seattle from 2011-2015

The researchers point to this lack of community engagement and assistance as the top hurdle for the startup community in Seattle moving foward and the biggest reason the area ranks lower than others on the list.

The 10 cities that topped Seattle in the list are:

  1. Boston
  2. San Francisco (Bay Area)
  3. Denver
  4. Raleigh-Durham
  5. San Diego
  6. Austin
  7. Los Angeles
  8. Philadelphia
  9. Washington DC
  10. New York

Seattle beat out 4 other cities in the list of 25. This includes some that are growing in population and infrastructure quickly such as Dallas, Kansas City, and Houston. The full list of cities topped by Seattle’s tech startup scene are:

  • Chicago
  • Portland
  • Pittsburgh
  • Nashville
  • Minneapolis
  • Salt Lake City
  • Baltimore
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Atlanta
  • Miami
  • Phoenix
  • Kansas City
  • New Orleans

seattle wa performs well in tech sectors

Read the full Innovation that Matters 2016 report from 1776 here: http://www.1776.vc/reports/innovation-that-matters-2016/