The rankings were limited to towns with a population of 100,000 or less. “Characteristics like the number of museums, parks, bars and restaurants, and cultural institutions per capita were considered, as were factors indicative of a favorable business environment. These include patents, venture capital funding, sole-proprietorships, start-ups and small businesses per capita,” says Mr. Woolsey.
“We also looked at the quality of the labor force, including the percentage of the population, the percentage of foreign-born workers and the percentage of people aged 25-34 with bachelor’s degrees or higher; the later two were more heavily weighted as indicators of places so desirable that highly skilled workers from all over the world are willing to move there,” Mr. Woolsey added. “Other factors considered: median income levels, commuting time, distance to highways and airports, and the share of professional workers as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.”
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