I'm a sucker for these Forbes.com listing and rankings, so I'm taking the bait on their latest list. The new "Best Cities for Singles" list puts Milwaukee at No. 9 above the likes of Austin, Dallas, Denver, Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Houston, Charlotte and others.
The eight cities above Milwaukee? In order from one to eight, here they are:
- New York
- Washington D.C.
- San Francisco
- Los Angeles
According to Lauren Sherman (no relation) at Forbes.com her publication "ranked 40 of the largest continental U.S. metropolitan statistical areas in seven different categories: coolness, cost of living alone, culture, job growth, online dating participation, nightlife and the ratio of singles to the entire population of the metro. Each metro was assigned a ranking of 1 to 40 in each category, based on quantitative data, and all categories were weighted equally. The ranks were then totaled to determine the final rankings."
Milwaukee's job growth figure and subjective "coolness" number hampered its overall rank while Brew City's nightlife (No. 2 overall, only Vegas beat us), living cost and culture numbers moved our town up in the rankings.
These lists are always fun and subjective, but for a complete explanation of the methodology that Forbes used click here.
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A life-long and passionate community leader and Milwaukeean, Jeff Sherman is a co-founder of OnMilwaukee.
He grew up in Wauwatosa and graduated from Marquette University, as a Warrior. He holds an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University, and is the founding president of Young Professionals of Milwaukee (YPM)/Fuel Milwaukee.
Early in his career, Sherman was one of youngest members of the Greater Milwaukee Committee, and currently is involved in numerous civic and community groups - including board positions at The Wisconsin Center District, Wisconsin Club and Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. He's honored to have been named to The Business Journal's "30 under 30" and Milwaukee Magazine's "35 under 35" lists.
He owns a condo in Downtown and lives in greater Milwaukee with his wife Stephanie, his son, Jake, and daughter Pierce. He's a political, music, sports and news junkie and thinks, for what it's worth, that all new movies should be released in theaters, on demand, online and on DVD simultaneously.
He also thinks you should read OnMilwaukee each and every day.