Forbes attempted to quantify 'coolness' for the 65 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Metropolitan Divisions (areas that include cities and their surrounding suburbs as defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget) based on seven data points they weighted evenly. Sperling’s Best Places helped them calculate the number of entertainment options per capita with an Arts & Culture Index (100 is the best score); recreational opportunities, including the amount of green space, quality of outdoor activities available, and the number of pro and college sports teams (again, (100 is the best score); and number of restaurants and bars per capita, with a focus on local eateries. Forbes also looked at each city’s cultural composition using Sperling’s Diversity Index (100 is the best). They included median age, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, favoring places with a large young adult population. Lastly, they looked at net migration for 2011 and unemployment rates, using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Moody’s Analytics. The following list is the 10 cities that ranked highest according to these criteria.
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