Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Cool Communities

"Hot Jobs - Cool Communities is a report card of the hippest places to live and work based on the metrics that matter to a new generation of talent."
I was interested in the variables they used to identify and evaluate their cool communities -- just loaded with lifestyle factors, and why shouldn't these concerns trump all others?
  • Air and Water Quality

  • Recycling Rates

  • Car Pools, Commute Times

  • Traffic

  • Public Parks, Trails, and Recreation Areas

  • Sunny Days

  • Farmers Markets

  • Natural Foods Stores

  • Fitness Centers

  • Vegetarian Restaurants

  • Rates of Crime

  • Rates of Cancer

  • Heart Diesease

  • Obesity

  • Smoking

  • Life Expectancy

  • Fruit and Vegtable Consumption

  • Work Sick Days

  • Rates of Depression

  • High Blood Pressure

  • Unemployment

  • Charitable Donations

  • Cost of living

  • Poverty

  • Concentration of Designers, Artists, Authors, Musicians, Actors and similar Professions

  • Pertcentage of Community Under 40

  • Population Diversity(ethic, religous, sexual orientation)

  • Number of Bars, Nightclubs and similar per capita

  • Number of Art Galleries, Museums, and similar per capita
Thanks to The Future of Work for the tip.

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