Honolulu ranked third best city by BusinessWeek.com


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Bloomberg Businessweek announced yesterday that Honolulu is the third best city in America to live in, according to their metrics.

Businessweek.com spent months scrutinizing data from 100 of the country’s largest cities based on 16 criteria including: the number of restaurants, bars, and museums per capita; the number of colleges, libraries, and professional sports teams; the income, poverty, unemployment, crime, and foreclosure rates; percent of population with bachelor's degrees or higher, public school performance, park acres per 1,000 residents, and air quality.

More importance was placed on recreational amenities such as parks, bars, restaurants, and museums per capita, educational attainment, school performance, poverty, and air quality. Affordability, however, was not a part of the criteria, since living in such desirable cities is expensive.

Businessweek.com’s reason for ranking Honolulu read: “From the prominent slopes of Diamond Head to the white beaches of Waikiki, Honolulu is a beautiful place to live and play. The area has done well through the recession, with extremely low unemployment and a low level of foreclosures. Go surfing and hang ten, then breathe very deep because the air quality is about as good as it gets.”

The top 10 cities, in order, were:
1.    Raleigh, NC
2.    Arlington, VA
3.    Honolulu, HI
4.    Scottsdale, AZ
5.    Irvine, CA
6.    Washington, D.C.
7.    San Diego, CA
8.    Virginia Beach, VA
9.    San Francisco, CA
10.    Anchorage, AK

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