As you may know, I don’t give those rank-the-city lists that call Fresno the best this or worst that too much credence. Most of them, you have to know, are marketing ploys and attempts to get website clicks.
But I do find them entertaining. And Lord knows we Fresnans love to talk about them. So here are a few lists we’ve ended up on recently. Interpret them as you will.
- Fresno is the fifth least literate big U.S. city, according to an annual study from Central Connecticut State University, which measures circulation of newspapers and magazines, availability of libraries and more. The Washington Post explains further. For what it’s worth: Bakersfield was the least literate.
- We’re third on a list of cities most interested in a healthier lifestyle in 2012, says research from MaxPoint Interactive, aimed at helping companies market health-related products. Soooo, we’re good at New Year’s resolutions?
- We’re the second most overpriced city, according to a recent Forbes magazine list. Forbes weighed factors such as cost of living, median salary, housing affordability and, of course, our big ol’ unemployment figure.