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New Orleans Makes List of Top Cities

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Debbie Ray

Yay! This time Louisiana made a list we want to be on! Sperling’s BestPlaces and Edge Shave Gel have compiled a list of the ‘Top 50 Cities on the Edge of Greatness.’  The categories examined: (1) the City, including an analysis of the job market, housing cost and appreciation, population, percentage of young people, education level, income and investment in green living; (2) Music, identifying the most independent, homegrown music scenes; (3) Arts, examining artists per 100,000 population, paired with the presence of local art institutions; (4) Hometown Sports Heroes, the percentage of pro football, baseball or basketball players born in each city beginning in 1990 (New Orleans was #3 in this category); and (5) Alternative Sports, analyzing interest in alternative sports such as skateboarding, snowboarding, motocross, BMX, X games, ultimate fighting/martial arts, professional lacrosse and soccer. Keep reading for the complete list.Sperling’s BestPlaces and Edge Shave Gel ‘Top 50 Cities on the Edge of Greatness.’

1. San Francisco
2. Boston
3. Denver
4. Portland
5. Austin
6. Seattle
7. Washington
8. Los Angeles
9. Philadelphia
10. Salt Lake City
11. New York
12. Minneapolis
13. San Diego
14. Chicago
15 .Dallas
16. Oakland
17. Richmond
18. Detroit
19. Columbus
19. Milwaukee
21. Atlanta
22. Baltimore
23. Charlotte
24. Miami
25. Columbia
26. Pittsburgh
27. Nashville
28. Cincinnati
29. Houston
30. Las Vegas
31. Sacramento
32. Buffalo
33. Birmingham
34. New Orleans
35. Cleveland
36. Kansas City
37. Grand Rapids-Wyoming
38. Orlando
39. Oklahoma City
40. St. Louis
41. San Antonio
42. Phoenix
43. Rochester
44. Dayton
45. Indianapolis
46. Louisville
47. Jacksonville
48. Memphis
49. Providence
50. Tampa-St. Petersburg

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