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Friday, August 23, 2013

Texas: The Land of Opportunity

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The Lone Star State racked up some love from the Daily Beast in a survey of so-called "aspirational cities" — urban hubs the website defines as "magnets" of economic and cultural opportunities that lure new, ambitious citizens.

The 21st-century aspirational city, the report explains, tends to draw people from the nation's longstanding hives of activity in California and the Northeast. The South and the lower Midwest appear to have the strongest pull, as workers leave more expensive regions for greener pastures where they can build a career, buy a home and live in relative comfort.

According to the report, there have been plenty of burgeoning urban landscapes throughout America's history. It was Boston in the 17th century, Philadelphia in the 18th, New York in the 19th and Chicago in the early 20th.

The last 100 years have seen Detroit come into its own between the World Wars, with Los Angeles booming in the middle of the century. San Jose in the 1980s is an example of one of the nation's more recent cauldrons of aspiration.

Here's how the top 15 stack up for 2013. Texas cities are highlighted in bold:

1. Austin
2. New Orleans
3. Houston
4. Oklahoma City
5. Raleigh
6. Nashville
7. Richmond
8. Washington, D.C.
9. San Antonio
10. Minneapolis-St.Paul
11. Dallas
12. Seattle
13. Charlotte
14. Salt Lake City
15. Columbus

Article credit: CultureMap Dallas

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Adapted from the original article written by Tyler Rudick, CultureMap Dallas