Is Atlanta a “fun” place to live? (Natalie Ransom)

May 1, 2010

Are you having fun yet, Atlanta?

Natalie Ransom, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

Natalie Ransom, Buckhead Office, REALTOR®

According to a recent study by Atlanta Business Chronicle sister publication Portfolio.com/bizjournals, Atlanta is a moderately fun city, ranking 34th out of 100 American cities.

A comprehensive formula was created to evaluate the opportunities for fun in the nation’s 100 largest markets. And according to the study, Atlanta is a great place to shop, but not so fun for those into sports and gambling.

The process began with the collection of federal statistics for 14 relevant types of businesses, from retail stores and restaurants to gambling casinos and golf courses. Each market was graded on both the volume (total number) and the concentration (rate per 100,000 residents) of such businesses.

Results were then grouped in seven broad categories of fun: shopping, food and drink, culture, popular entertainment, gambling, and high-impact and low-impact sports. The best scores went to markets that performed well in a wide array of categories.

Atlanta placed 18th for shopping, 30th for food and drink, 35th for culture, 37th for popular entertainment, 56th for gambling, 40th for high-impact sports and 42nd for low-impact sports.

The top cities for fun, in order, are New York, Chicago, Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland (Maine), Philadelphia and Minneapolis.

Click here to see the full interactive list of cities.

Read more: Portfolio.com: Atlanta a fairly fun city – Atlanta Business Chronicle:


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