THE RESULTS ARE IN
Our users have been using our brand new Find Your Best Place Quiz in record numbers and it's quickly emerging as one of our site's most popular features.We've already pored over the first batch of facts and figures, and a few interesting takeaways have emerged:
COLORADO IS #1
At the end of the FYBP Quiz, users can select states they definitely want to be included in the results, as well as states they want to avoid.The states with the highest percentage of users clicking "Yes, Here" are:
Step 10 of the FYBP Quiz
SMALL > BIG
Our quiz also includes a question asking whether you prefer a Small City, a Big City, or have no preference.
This supports BestPlaces Founder and President Bert Sperling's theory about the "Fading Glamour of the Superstar Cities."Here's what he wrote on the topic earlier this month."An increasing number of people are realizing what their life could be like without spending 50% of their income on housing and suffering through a four-hour daily commute. Cities such as New York and San Francisco are already losing population and that trend will accelerate."
HEALTHY DOESN'T MATTER?
32.1% of Quiz-Takers said a "healthy city" doesn't matter when finding their best place. This might be because people are confident in their ability to live the lifestyle they choose regardless of environmental and peer factors.If you selected "No" on this question, please reach out to us and share your reasoning. We're always curious to get insight behind the data.
Step 9 of the Find Your Best Place Quiz
MORE TAKEAWAYS AND TID-BITS
1) The average quiz user takes the quiz 2.3 times. One super-user has taken it 30 times!2) Libraries and Botanical Gardens are the cultural amenities most in demand, followed closely by Museums.3) 6 out of 10 users say Affordability is very important. Only 7% say it doesn't matter.4) Most people dislike high humidity, more than snow or rain.5) 4 out of 5 users want to avoid traffic congestion.6) The most sought-after amenities are coffee shops and restaurants (particularly non-chain ones).7) The most common maximum home price users search for is $300,000. 3 out 4 are home buyers and 1 out of 4 are renters.8) Sports teams and golf are way down the list of desired recreational options. What people want is parks and hiking, and rivers and lakes.9) Nearly 40% of the quiz users were open to considering all states, with 60% having specific states in mind.
TRY THE QUIZ TODAY!
As a BestPlaces member, this new quiz is available to you today. Later this year, we'll release an expanded premium version that also produces a list of each metro area's best cities and zip codes.We’ve been the Best Places to Live experts for quite a while. It’s what we do. Private companies, Insurers, Schools, Fortune 1000 companies all use our data to inform their decisions. Our new Find Your Best Place Quiz is an easily consumable, ready to use culmination of all that expertise, and we invite you to try it today.
GLOOMIEST PLACES IN THE SEATTLE TIMES
Our recent study, Gloomiest Places in America, was recently featured in The Seattle Times. They even created an original cartoon to commemorate their dubious achievement of being ranked #1 in the study, and we'd like to share it with you:
Credit: David Horsey, Seattle Times Cartoonist
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