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Thursday, August 29, 2013
GoLocalWorcester rounded up the best and worst rankings of the past year to check in on how we're doing. From love to business, from healthcare to traffic, see how Worcester's fared on national and regional lists.
#5 Worst Cities to Raise Children
According to USDA data which: was configured measuring cost projections for raising a child for the first year in a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) against that metro area’s median household wage. This was used to figure out the amount of income per household that is devoted to baby care. The study considered the number of ob/gyns per capita, the average commute time for parents, the percentage of the population that is 5 years or younger, and the number of playgrounds per 10,000 residents.
#16 Healthcare Social Workers
Worcester outranked 300+ other cities to be #16 in ValuePenguin's report of the "Best Cities for Healthcare Social Workers" nationwide.
The rankings were based on four key criteria including: median salary, number of jobs, location quotient, and cost of living. The median salary for healthcare social workers in Worcester is $52, 770 and the cost of living index is 115. There are 1,210 jobs and and the city has a location quotient of 4.63. All in all, it recieved a score of 83.
#36 Sugar Daddies
The top sugar daddy cities in America were released by seekingarrangement.com, the "sugar daddy blog"–and Worcester came in at #36.
According to the website, the "modern sugar daddy is a successful and generous man who is willing to pamper and offer financial help or gifts to a young person in return for friendship and companionship."
Worcester was ranked the 319th safest city in the country, with a score of 65.65 on the new 2013 City Crime Rate Rankings from CQ Press, ranking above Boston in 333rd, with a score of 76.87, and Springfield in 384th, with a score of 129.98.
#1 Young Singles
It turns out that there's a pretty good chance the Heart of the Commonwealth holds the key to your heart if you're looking for a woman under 35.
According to online real estate marketplace Zillow and its first "In the Move for Love Index," Worcester is the #1 city for men seeking women age 35 and under, and it's also the #1 city for for women seeking women age 35 and under. When it comes to men seeking men age 35 and under, Worcester comes in at #4.
Most Competitive Metro
Worcester beat out six other New England metro areas in new competitiveness rankings released by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) comparing job growth since 2010.
The area was boosted by better-than-expected job growth in several sectors, earning Worcester the 50th spot on the list composed of the 100 most populous metro areas in the country.
#62 Best for US Seniors
Worcester has been named the #62 city in the US for seniors, according to the latest Best Cities for Successful Aging Index from the Milken Institute. The index assesses 78 indicators in 8 subcategories to derive its rankings, which were released this week.
"There have been aging rankings before, often based on opinion and speculation, or focused on a limited aspect of aging," according to the Institute's introduction to its rankings. "But the Milken Institute's data-driven approach represents a deeper level of analysis."
#1 National Traffic
Drivers in Worcester waste less time on the road than commuters in any other metropolitan city, a recent traffic congestion report showed.
The INRIX Index, an annual study of traffic congestion, showed that for 2011, drivers wasted only 11.7 hours sitting in traffic all year, compared with the 51.2 hours for Honolulu, the city ranked as the most congested.
#1 Health Care Access
A recent study conducted by Commonwealth Fund found Worcester is tied with Boston for having the best access to health care across the country.
The study called, Rising to the Challenge: Results from a Scorecard on Local Health Performance, ranked Worcester #21 overall against the other 206 Hospital Referral Regions (HRR), which are areas that represent a regional market for care and does not align with county or state boundaries.
#1 City For College Grads
Everyone knows Worcester has a great college scene, and a new ranking says that the city is also one of the Best Small Cities in the US for college graduates.
Credit Donkey, a website dedicated to "Life After College," named the "Best Small Cities for College Grads" this week, and Worcester ranked #7 in the nation. Looking at metropolitan areas with populations between 400,000 and 1 million, Credit Donkey "considered three factors that affect the attractiveness of a location for a new college graduate: median income, the local wage premium for a college degree, and cost of living."
#1 Snowiest City
With multiple record breaking storms this season, Worcester is the nation's snowiest city, as it currently tops the country's list with 108.9 inches.
GoldenSnowGlobe.com keeps track of the nation’s cities (with populations over 100,000), in competition for their annual Golden Snow Globe award.
#14 Most Creative
The book explores what it takes to make a city thrive and produce creative, new ideas. Florida, who has studied urban regeneration and economic theory, says that it goes beyond artists and designers, feeding off of a city’s network of engineers, researchers, and techies.
#9 Real Estate
Despite a foreclosure crisis, local housing sales figures are up nearly 50 percent from this time last year, a figure that earned Worcester a top ten spot as a real estate “hot spot” in Massachusetts. Real estate agents say is due to a combination of factors including low property values and high rent, giving Worcester a unique situation.
Top 20 Strongest Metros
News that the Worcester metropolitan area is among the 20 strongest-recovering metros in the nation didn’t come as a big surprise to many here in the city. The area has long been championed as being ahead of the curve when it comes to innovative practices.
The Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings, a Washington-based, nonprofit public policy organization, released the report this month. It cited the area’s high-tech industry as a major factor in helping to recover from the recession faster than many of the country’s 100 largest metropolitan areas.
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