Although it's hard to predict what the future will hold, we've come up with a list of 15 cities that we think will be hot in 20 years.
To compile this list we looked at job growth, population growth and demographics, affordability, livability, and the health and well being of the residents.
We also considered how the city is innovating in terms of technology, sustainability, culture, and more. And we thought about how "cool" the city is--an important factor in attracting the young, creative types who will make the city hot.
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We looked at how the next generation will influence the city--whether they're hipsters, tech-savvy pros, artists, or environmentalists. The cities that made this list vary greatly, but they all have one thing in common: great people and great ideas.
1) Brooklyn, NY, will become a cool capital of culture
For years, Brooklyn took a backseat to its towering neighbor, Manhattan--but no longer.
Today, Brooklyn is one of the fastest growing cities with a population of about 2.5 million, making it the most populous borough in New York and independently one of the largest cities in the US.
This hipster-friendly borough attracts young chefs, artists, entrepreneurs, families, and more, who have opened hip farm-to-table restaurants, cool art galleries and boutiques, and hipster markets like the Brooklyn Flea and Dekalb Market. With amazing cultural venues like the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and the Brooklyn Museum, and the addition of the Barclays Center, NYC’s newest sports and entertainment venue, the area is bound to continue to develop and gentrify.
2) Seattle, WA, will be the best place to be a young professional
Seattle gained momentum back in the ‘90s when Kurt Cobain started the grunge trend and a little coffee shop called Starbucks began to gain traction.
Today the city continues to attract young people and was recently ranked the best place for young professionals to thrive, according to mobile events company timeRAZOR, thanks to its high number of bars and restaurants (numbering over 6,000) and its high median income (the average college graduate there earns $53,185 annually).
Seattle was also ranked one of the 10 Cities with the Fastest Growing Wages in America. Home to major corporations Microsoft, Amazon, and Boeing, and tech startups like Facebook and Zynga (which recently opened offices there), the city will continue to attract young, creative professionals in the next few decades.
3) Austin, TX, will create tons of new jobs
This college town was recently ranked the Next Biggest Boomtown in the US by Forbes.
It’s the third fastest-growing city in the US, according to the US Census Bureau, with high rates of job creation.
Austin is also a hip, artsy college town that attracts artists, students, intellectuals, and creative types. The thriving live music scene and Tex Mex food add to the allure, ensuring that people will continue to call Austin home.
4) Portland, OR, will become one of the coolest cities for young people
With its laid-back outdoorsy lifestyle, organic restaurants, hip coffee shops, and a featured role on the IFC show Portlandia, Portland has become a popular destination for young twenty-somethings.
According to a recent YPulse survey, more and more millennials are opting to live in small cities, like Portland.
This small, creative city was ranked the number one green city in the US by the Mother Nature Network, and it's also one of the most bike-friendly cities in the US.
5) Boulder, CO, will become the newest hotbed for startups
Boulder is fast becoming the newest tech center with a thriving community of startups, earning it the nickname of Silicon Flatirons.
In fact, there are so many new jobs here, with at least 50 tech companies hiring, that the organizers of Boulder Startup Week paid for people to fly to Boulder to fill these open jobs.
Boulder is widely regarded as one of the healthiest and happiest cities in the US according to Gallup, thanks to the active outdoor lifestyle and the thriving intellectual community that comprises this college town.
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6) Raleigh, NC, will be an amazing place to get a job
This charming city attracts college students, families, and immigrants, with its job prospects, safety, affordable housing, and short commutes.
As a result, Raleigh was ranked the number one city for business and careers by Forbes, with the fastest growing job market in the US. It’s also the fastest growing city in the US, according to the US Census Bureau.
7) Detroit, MI, will make a comeback
After years of neglect and devastation--sinking so low that the state of Michigan threatened to take over the city--Detroit is poised for a comeback.
According to a recent YPulse survey, more and more millennials are opting to live in small cities, like Detroit.
These young idealists are moving back to Detroit, breathing new life into the downtrodden city with their small businesses, many of which are socially and environmentally responsible. The Urban Innovation Exchange showcases Detroit’s growing social innovation movement, promoting small businesses, like Recycle Here! and Food Lab Detroit. This type of optimism and innovation makes Detroit a city to watch.
8) Philadelphia, PA, will become a dynamic arts destination
The low housing prices, affordable lifestyle, and cool arts scene are attracting young people to Philadelphia.
These people are getting involved in the city through organizations like Young Involved Philadelphia and bringing a new sense of dynamism to the city, with new restaurants, shops, galleries, and a cool music and arts scene.
The City of Brotherly Love has some of the best public art in the country. It's famous for its murals, which adorn buildings all around the city. The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program coordinates these murals, connecting artists to the community.
Philadelphia was also ranked one of the 10 Cities with the Fastest Growing Wages in America.
9) Nashville, TN, will offer a lot more than just country music
There used to be only one main reason to move to Nashville: country music. But that’s changed.
Nashville’s economy is booming, and the city has one of the fastest growing job markets in the US. Forbes ranked it as one of the Next Big Boom Towns in the US.
Between the steady job growth, the thriving music and culture scene, and the diverse population, the country music capital will continue to grow.
10) Bentonville, AR, will thrive as home to one of the biggest companies in the US
Wal-mart, the second biggest American corporation according to the Fortune 500, is headquartered in this relatively small city in northwest Arkansas.
The Wal-mart campus and Walton family play a big role in the Bentonville culture. Wal-mart heir Alice Walton spent $800 million on the Crystal Bridges museum of American art, which was designed by architect Moshe Safdie and houses her vast personal collection of modern art.
As the Waltons continue to invest and Wal-mart continues to thrive, Bentonville will become a top city.
11) Burlington, VT, will continue to trail blaze as a sustainable city
This laid-back city epitomizes small-town charm, but it’s also emerging as a leader in sustainability.
Most restaurants here serve local organic fare, shops sell local Vermont-made products, and people shop for groceries in community-owned co-ops. Much of the food consumed in town come from local farms or from the Intervale Center, a nonprofit organization that cultivates 350 acres of land to provide food for the city residents.
This environmentally-friendly city has turned its focus on sustainability into a form of economic self-reliance--a model which will become increasingly more important in the years ahead.
12) Mountain View, CA, will continue to lead as a tech city
Home to major tech companies Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, Mozilla, and more, Mountain View is arguably one of the most tech-centered cities in the world.
In fact the city is so tech-focused that there’s city-wide free Wi-Fi, courtesy of Google, and the Computer History Museum.
With more and more startups finding a home here, this Silicon Valley hub is bound to continue to innovate and attract tech-savvy residents.
13) Pittsburgh, PA, will become the next hipster haven
With its affordable housing, thriving student population, emerging arts and hip-hop scene, and fast-growing job market, Pittsburgh is quickly becoming the newest hipster haven.
The Steel City is attracting and retaining these young creative types with its cool cultural scene and thriving economy.
It was recently ranked the second-best performing city in the US by the Metro Monitor from the Brookings Institute and one of the top cities in the US where people are hiring, according to Gallup.
14) Salt Lake City, UT, will attract the most college grads
With its active healthy lifestyle, its beautiful mountainous surroundings, and its thriving job market, Salt Lake City, recently ranked One of The 10 Best Cities for College Grads, will continue to attract eager young college graduates.
The city was also recently ranked One of the Fastest Growing Job Markets in the US.
15) Williston, ND, will make oil money hand over fist
North Dakota is experiencing an oil boom, which could make Williston and the nearby towns one of the largest sources of petroleum in the country--and that means unprecedented wealth in the years ahead.
The population has exploded as people flock there in droves to seek their fortunes, and although the city is undertaking a building frenzy, it hasn’t been able to keep up with the influx of wannabe oil workers.
This oil boom is both a blessing and a curse as it has meant overcrowding, traffic, and a housing shortage, but Williston is frantically trying to keep up and will be an area to watch.
The results are in and RealAge.com has announced it's top 10 U.S cities for happy marriages. It looks like North Carolina is a happy marriage state with two locations in the top 10. Not only did Raleigh, recently get the award for best place to live in the U.S, but it also comes in at number 6 on the happy marriage list!
Here is the list from RealAge.com:
1. Salt Lake City, UT — Did you know that at the peak of the wedding season, there are roughly 80 marriage ceremonies a day at Temple Square? Wow.
2. Greenville, SC — With a name like Greenville, of course it made the list!
3. Knoxville, TN — Maybe it's the Bleak House where many couples get married. Maybe it's just something else :)
4. Cincinnati, OH — The Cincinnati Art Museum is a popular choice for weddings.
5. Charlotte, NC — The Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is listed as one of HGTV's top "20 Great Gardens". What a great place to say "I do" :)
6. Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC - Low unemployment and education make this area a great place for marriage.
7. Hartford, CT — Just a lot of good vibes in this city
8. Kansas City, KS — The Loretto chapel is a popular spot to get married. Spiritual and romantic :)
9. Grand Rapids, MI — Beautiful parks, gardens, and nature trails bring this location in at #9!
10. Minneapolis, MN - Almost 6,000 couples have tied the knot at the Mall of America!
While the list is fun and can make you smile especially if you live in one of the listed places, a happy marriage can occur anywhere. Enjoy your life wherever makes you happy. At the end of the day, your happiness and love matter the most! Don't you just love good news? :)
Peace & Love,
Misaki Murakami, 16, lost his house and all its contents when the massive waves of last March crushed his hometown of Rikuzentakata in Japan's northeast.
But now, thanks to an observant beachcomber in the Gulf of Alaska, he is set to have his football returned to him, identified by the "good luck" messages scrawled on it by former schoolmates.
"I'm very grateful as I've so far found nothing that I'd owned," the youngster told broadcaster TBS.
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said the observant beachcomber, identified as 51-year-old David Baxter, had spotted the ball on a beach on Middleton Island.
"A school name is stenciled on the soccer ball, and his (Japanese) wife was able to translate the writing to trace it to a school," the agency said.
"This may be one of the first opportunities since the March 2011 tsunami that a remnant washed away from Japan has been identified and could actually be returned to its previous owner," NOAA added.
Earlier this year the US coastguard scuttled a 65-metre (210-foot) fishing boat that had slipped its moorings in the tsunami and was spotted floating off the North American coast.
It took months to find the right tree to build on, and when he did the spot was on public land looking down on a row of multi-million dollar homes.
But that didn't stop Joel Allen - he just built this incredible egg-shaped treehouse in Canada anyway, without telling anyone.
The computer technician-turned-carpenter started off by creating a scale model of his design to test its strength and durability, before beginning the months-long quest to find the perfect tree.
Joel Allen has built this incredible treehouse in Hemlocks, Whistler, western Canada
Joel took years to construct the treehouse. At this point he was working on the base
Without the money to buy property, he decided to do it on Crown land in the forests of Whistler.
'Finding that perfect spot on Crown land wasn't so easy,' he said. 'I had an informal checklist of requirements, the most important ones being that it within a reasonable distance to a road, yet out of sight and out of earshot of human traffic.
'The other requirement was hard to qualify, but was of prime importance: the shape of the egg would need to suit the environment and be proportionate to the tree. I couldn't explain exactly what that was but I figured I would know it when I saw it.'
Mr Allen found it in a patch of old growth near a development of multi-million dollar homes, then began secretly constructing it. The process took years, thousands of dollars, and many free items found on Craigslist.
Finally, he created the HemLoft.
Without the money to buy property, Joel decided to do it on Crown land in the forests of Whistler
Mr Allen found the perfect spot in a patch of old growth near a development of multi-million dollar home
Hidden: The treehouse in Hemlocks was built in a forest away from view of nearby homes
Admiring the view: Joel Allen in the treehouse he built using items from Craigslist
Asked by a friend why he did it, Mr Allen said: 'I found myself grasping for some sort of rationalisation that would make me seem less crazy.
'She said "no, why did you really build it?" For the first time in my life, I was forced to face the truth about it. I said "I guess… I just wanted to build something cool".'
'Since the treehouse was built on crown land, I don't technically own it, and so its fate is uncertain.
Joel said: 'The shape of the egg would need to suit the environment and be proportionate to the tree. I couldn't explain exactly what that was but I figured I would know it when I saw it.'
The computer technician-turned-carpenter started off by creating a scale model of his design
It took Joel months to find the right tree to build on before he settled on the spot
The perfect egg-shaped treehouse was built on a tree over a slope on the mountain
For three years I kept the HemLoft secret, but now that I'm finished, I've found myself wanting to share it…Coming out of the bush about the HemLoft is fun, however it poses a few problems; if people know about it, they might try to find it. And if the wrong people find it, they may make me take it down.
'It took a lot of work to build it, and I'd rather not take it down, just yet. So I've been thinking of ways to expose the HemLoft, while somehow making it legal.
'To the best of my knowledge, Squatting on Whistler Mountain, beneath some of Western Canada's most luxurious mega-homes would not be looked favourably upon.'
Joel Allen said: 'It took a lot of work to build it, and I'd rather not take it down, just yet.'
Joel Allen's construction was conducted in secret until he finally went public
OTTAWA — For the third year in a row, Ottawa was named the best place to live in MoneySense magazine’s annual ranking of Canadian cities.
The magazine ranks 190 cities and towns based on 22 categories. Ottawa’s spot at the top of the list can be attributed to high scores in such categories as culture, household income, population growth, low crime rates, transit and doctors per capita.
“It doesn’t get super awesome scores in any single category, but what Ottawa does well is score better than average in every category,” said Sarah Efron, managing editor of MoneySense.
Efron said housing affordability, unemployment rates, population growth and household income are the factors that carry the most weight in the overall ranking, but no single category makes or breaks a city’s score. One of the city’s weaknesses is the price of housing, where it ranked 139th in Canada.
Seeing Ottawa at the top of the list for the third consecutive year didn’t surprise Mayor Jim Watson. “When I see the MoneySense report, it doesn’t come as a surprise because we know — those of us who have the honour and privilege of living right here in Ottawa — know basically for decades, that this is the best place to live or raise a family,” Watson said Tuesday.
Jo-Anne and Michel Gosset have lived in Ottawa all their lives and, to them, the ranking is well deserved. For the couple, the marriage between urban development and natural landscape is what makes Ottawa the best place to call home.
“You’ve got everything you need here,” said Jo-Anne, 48. “There are a lot of parks, you can go to the beach yet you’re still in the city.”
“You don’t get that in most places.”
The Gossets live near a bicycle path and they believe that kind of infrastructure is an essential part of the city.
“We bike all the time,” said Michel, 52. “There are paths all over the city. You can get anywhere.”
For Robert Rooney, 61, the city’s cultural diversity and relaxed atmosphere are what make it so livable.
“It’s a very laissez-faire city,” said Rooney, who has been living in the region for 17 years.
Ottawa’s size could be partially behind its high score as a livable city. Efron said medium-sized cities do best in these types of rankings because they generally have relatively high household incomes while boasting lower crime rates and housing prices compared with larger cities. “The biggest cities tend not to do too well.”
(Toronto ranked 47th. Montreal is in 149th place.)
The worst place to live, according to the magazine, is Hawkesbury, about an hour and a half east of Ottawa. Efron said the city’s negative population growth and its household income — the lowest in the country — made it the least livable city in Canada. Efron also noted that another trend has emerged, as a number of cities in Alberta and Saskatchewan have gained momentum in the ranking. “That’s mainly due to the fact that the economy is hot, unemployment is low and the prices are still much lower than in bigger centres.”
Western cities in the top 10 include Regina and Brandon (5th and 6th) and Red Deer and Winnipeg (9th and 10th).
The list ranks all cities with a population over 10,000 using numbers compiled by Statistics Canada, Real Estate Boards and other agencies providing census data. This year, the ranking added 10 new cities to the list and broke up larger metropolitan areas like Ottawa-Gatineau and the Greater Toronto Area into separate components. Gatineau came in at No. 28.
Ionova, Mariana. "‘Ottawa ranked best place to live in Canada, again" The Ottawa Citizen. 20 March 2012. Web.
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U.S. employers added 227,000 jobs in February to complete three of the best months of hiring since the recession ended. The unemployment rate was unchanged, largely because more people streamed into the work force.
The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate stayed at 8.3 percentlast month, the lowest in three years.
And hiring in January and December was better than first thought. The government revised those figures to show 61,000 an additional jobs.
The economy has now generated an average of 245,000 jobs in the past three months. The only stretch better since the recession began was in early 2010.
That bodes well for President Barack Obama's re-election chances, although he's still likely to face the highest unemployment rate of any post-war president.
"Overall, another very strong payroll report and there's every chance that March will bring more of the same," said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist with Capital Economics.
Stocks rose after the report was released. The Dow Jones industrial average added 30 points in early-morning trading. Broader indexes also increased.
Another strong month of hiring makes it less likely that the Federal Reserve will take additional steps to boost the economy at its meeting next week.
Last month's hiring was broad-based and in both high-paying and lower-paying industries. Manufacturing, mining, and professional services, such as accounting, all added jobs.
Still, wages are rising only modestly. Average hourly pay increased by 3 cents, to $23.31. In the past year, it has gone up only 1.9 percent — trailing the rate of inflation.
Governments at all levels cut only 6,000 jobs in February and 1,000 in January, after a revision. That's a welcome change from the heavy layoffs by cash-strapped states and cities over the past two years. Last year alone they cut an average of 22,000 jobs per month.
Nearly a half-million people began looking for work last month, and most found jobs, the report said. That's a sign of growing optimism in the job market, as many people who had given up on looking for work came off the sidelines to search for jobs.
That also counters a troubling trend: a key reason why the unemployment rate has dropped since last year is that many out-of-work people have stopped looking for work. Only people without jobs who are actively seeking one are counted as unemployed.
A sustained rise in the number of people looking for jobs is a good sign, even if the unemployment rate doesn't change.
"The unemployment rate is holding steady even as the labor force grows. That is a good outcome," said Dan Greenhaus, an analyst with BTIG, a brokerage firm in New York.
The report was filled with other promising details.
The so-called "underemployment" rate — which includes those who've given up looking for work and those with part-time jobs who want full-time work — fell to 14.9 percent. That's the lowest in three years.
The number of people employed in February — 142.1 million — was the highest since January 2009. Manufacturing payrolls were at their highest point since April 2009.
And over the past three months, the number of employed people has risen by 1.45 million, the biggest three-month gain since March 2000.
Friday's report comes as a host of data points to an improving economy and job market. Weekly applications for unemployment benefits have fallen about 14 percent in six months. Though they ticked up last week, average applications remain near a four-year low.
And service companies, which employ most Americans, are expanding at a faster pace, according to a private survey released this week. A gauge of employment shows that service firms are still hiring, particularly in the mining, educational services, and transportation and warehousing industries.
The service sector includes everything from restaurants and hotels to health care firms and financial service companies.
Some companies must hire because they can't squeeze more output from their current staffs. Last year, worker productivity rose at its slowest pace in nearly 25 years. That means companies will likely have to add staff to meet growing demand.
Other figures point to the same conclusion. The average work week was unchanged at 34.5 hours. That's close to the pre-recession total and suggests that companies will have to hire more workers as business improves, rather than adding more hours.
Many good deeds are never acknowledged, and Andrew Fong thinks that is a shame.
In an effort to promote good deeds, the Cambrian area dentist has launched a "Do a Good Deed Contest" for youths 18 and younger.
"We all know that negativity will not improve a situation, but complimenting or rewarding a job well done will actually prompt more of those good activities," Fong said in a press release.
To enter the contest, youths must submit a brief essay about a good deed they have done online atwww.dentistinsanjoseca.com.
The entry form is under the header "San Jose Dentist Helps the Community" and includes prompts to help those entering. It asks if the good deed was a one-time thing or is it something done on a regular basis.
It asks what you specifically did, why you did it, the results of your deed, who benefited from it and how.
Fong also asks what principle you base your actions on, whether it's advice from your parents or something you've read.
Fong is promising a new Kindle Fire tablet computer to the youth he decides has written the best essay.
The deadline for entries is May 15.
For more information, call Fong's office at 408.377.5833.