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Businessweek Names DC Third Best City in America

In a ranking of 50 large cities, the District almost came out on top.

We’re number three! Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Of the nation’s 100 largest cities, Businessweek has named

DC the third best, owing to its “leisure amenities” which
include more than 2,000
bars and restaurants, numerous museums and cultural centers,
and parks. “Lively districts”
like Foggy Bottom and Adams Morgan make DC a desirable place to
live, particularly
for young adults. In addition, the city’s educational
opportunities, with universities
that offer both undergraduate and graduate courses of study,
make it a rival for Boston—ranked
just behind DC—in terms of high-quality education. Arlington was also on
the list—it ranked 27th for having the lowest rate of
unemployment and the highest
median household income of the evaluated cities, but it lost
points for having a “weak
nightlife.” Other entries on the list include New York (number
7), New Orleans (14),
and Philadelphia (24).

Leisure attributes were given the most weight in determining a city’s rank, followed
by educational and economic metrics. Bloomberg Rankings were also taken into account,
with data found at Onboard Informatics.