We may have a frightening Gozer-like horse welcoming people to fair city, but Denver is officially the most desirable city in the United States, according to a new Pew study:
A new national survey by the Pew Research Center's Social & Demographic Trends project finds that nearly half (46%) of the public would rather live in a different type of community from the one they're living in now -- a sentiment that is most prevalent among city dwellers. When asked about specific metropolitan areas where they would like to live, respondents rank Denver, San Diego and Seattle at the top of a list of 30 cities, and Detroit, Cleveland and Cincinnati at the bottom.
I've lived for stints in a lot of places - Philly (pretty cool), Chicago (great but cold); San Diego (nice, but conservative and a bit Truman Show-ish); D.C. (the worst place in America), Helena (awesome); Coventry, Connecticut (New England-y in a good way); and now Denver - and I'd say I agree with the Pew study. Denver has everything - its super-sunny, relatively mild weather, short commutes in the city, 30 minutes to the mountains, an hour to world-class skiing, and just straight-up good people (sans some of our congressional delegation, of course).
People in national politics and media look at me like I'm crazy for living here - as if it's the equivalent of living in Siberia. But the thing is, people who decide to live in, say, D.C. instead of out here - they're the crazy ones, the batshit crazy ones. Truly.