We’ve all heard about Fresno ranking as the drunkest and almost dumbest city, but here’s one ranking on the positive side: “Fresno rated highly livable for young people.” That’s the Al Jazeera America headline circulating around the interwebs this morning. It references a ranking done by a site called Vocativ.com (who?) that puts Fresno one notch below New York City for livability for young people. Fresno ranked #24 out of 35.
The ranking is based on factors such as median age, unemployment rates, cost for a two-bedroom apartment, the cost of a pint of Guinness (we ranked in the top five on that one), the cost of an ounce of marijuana, the cost of manicures and pedicures, and the number of coffee shops and music venues.
From the Al Jazeera story:
Yes, these are all things that matter to younger people — especially in rough times.
The economic downturn that has yet to fully loosen its grip on the nation has added sheen to less glamorous cities and places often derided by their critics as cow towns or, in the case of Fresno, the armpit of the state.
I know some of you don’t take these rankings very seriously. And some of you will sing this information from the closest mountaintop (while pointing out that mountaintop is in one of three national parks in the region). Anyway, what do you think? Is it true?