Thursday, September 18, 2014

Top 20 Social U.S. Cities Announced by Womens Health Magazine and Yelp


Women’s Health, a national women’s health and wellness magazine, and Yelp, the website and mobile app that connects people with local businesses, have announced the results of the first annual Social Cities Awards to determine the top 20 social metropolises on the rise in America. Research was distilled by Yelp's data scientists based on more than 61 million Yelp online reviews. Five Social City winners emerged in each of four categories: fitness, culture, nightlife and food.

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“Not only is Yelp a great tool for consumers, it's the source people turn to for the richest data on local businesses of all kinds - from dentists to dog groomers, cafes to contractors,” says Dan Frank, data scientist at Yelp. "We’re excited to analyze Yelp data in a new way and to partner with Women’s Health to share our insights on the coolest emerging social cities with their readers.”

  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Jersey City, NJ
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Portland, OR
  • Austin, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Orlando, FL
  • Raleigh, NC
  • San Diego
  • Memphis, TN
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Providence, RI
  • Seattle, WA
  • Des Moines, IA
  • Rochester, NY
  • Birmingham, AL
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Albuquerque, NM
An interesting thing to notice: none of the five largest cities based on population in the United States -- New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Philadelphia -- made the top 20. So, I'm thinking, in the case of being social, maybe living in one of the smaller cities on the list would be better.

The full results are featured at and in the October issue of Women’s Health, now on sale on newsstands.

Your Comments, Please
What are your reactions to these findings? Do you think there is a city that should have made the list but didn't and why? Conversely, is there a city that's on one of the 4 lists that shouldn't be there and why not? Feel free to weigh in on any or all of these questions.

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