Outside Magazine Editors Hate Dallas. Do You Care?

As Eric Nicholson has pointed out, the editors of Outside magazine have declared Dallas the “least outdoorsy” city in America. And while only the extreme fringe of civic boosters would claim that Dallas can compete outdoors-wise with cities like Portland or Seattle, how can they claim our city is the absolute worst?

Eric ran through the criteria that Outside used and demonstrates that the numbers don’t add up:

Curiouser still, Dallas’ Green City Index and Park Score put it firmly in the middle of the pack among U.S. cities. Among the five “least outdoorsy” runners up, Dallas has the highest Green City score, besting Cleveland and Detroit by enormous margins and squeaking by Charlotte (Memphis and Fresno, Outdoor‘s two other worsts, aren’t even included on the index). Dallas’ Park Score ranking (26) is one spot behind Cleveland, tied with Detroit, and better than Fresno (50), Charlotte (47) and Memphis (42).

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The 35 Richest Neighborhoods in Dallas-Fort Worth

The little town of Westlake, north of Fort Worth, boasts the highest average annual household income ($526,590) among all North Texas neighborhoods. That’s good enough for 12th richest in the nation based on an analysis by geographer Stephen Higley who’s ranked the top 1,000 based on 2006-2010 Census Bureau data.

The very top of the list is occupied by ritzy suburbs of New York, D.C., Miami, and Los Angeles. Only Chicago has an inner-city neighborhood in the 10 richest. “The Golden Triangle” of Greenwich, Conn., outdoes everybody with a mean household income of $614,242.

Here’s the entire list of the 35 Dallas-Fort Worth neighborhoods that appear in the Higley 1,000:

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Fort Worth, Dallas Top Forbes List of Best Cities For Investing in a Home

Forbes worked Local Market Monitor, a company that tracks home prices and economic factors in more than 300 housing markets, to put together a list of “Best Buy Cities.” These are the top 20 places where you should want to invest money in a home.

No. 1? Fort Worth-Arlington. No. 2? Dallas-Plano-Irving.

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If You’re Looking For Love, Facebook Says to Head to Fort Worth

The Wall Street Journal and Facebook have teamed up to rank the best places in the U.S. for single people in search of romance. They took social network relationship data from the 50 cities with the most Facebook users, and Fort Worth came out looking pretty great for relationship seekers. It’s in the top five for “likelihood of a relationship” and the top five for number of single females to single males. Overall it’s ranked fourth-best spot for singles in the country, behind only Colorado Springs, El Paso, and Louisville:

This is a rare city with both a lopsided proportion of single women and a high rate of forming relationships. Adjacent to Dallas, Fort Worth is home to a large population of Mexican immigrants.

Meanwhile, Dallas finishes in the middle of the pack, the 23rd-worst place to find love.

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Texas Cities Are Rocking Along, Sure, But Don’t Count California Out

The Milken Institute’s annual report on the best-performing cities in the United States was released last month. These are based on factors including job and wage growth for the past year. Dallas-Plano-Irving performed well, up to No. 7 among large cities for 2013 (from No. 14 in 2012). Fort Worth-Arlington fell to No. 16, down from No. 10 the year before.

Texas as a whole is well-represented high on the list, with Austin No. 1, Houston No. 8, San Antonio No. 12, Corpus Christi No. 17, and Laredo No. 22.

But, for all the California bashing that certain of our state leaders are fond of engaging in, the San Francisco and San Jose areas are No. 3 and No. 4 in the rankings. Last time I checked, those places are in the Golden State.

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The Best of D Magazine Bests, 2013

Look, you can act all superior if you want. You can harumph and wear that superior smirk on your face as you insist you’re far above such shallow concerns as caring which restaurants make it onto a magazine’s best list. You claim that the only publication you read regularly is The New Yorker, and that you read it cover to cover every week, so you’ve not got the time to bother with such silliness of finding out who lives in the city’s most expensive home. You can do all of that sure, but we know you’re lying.

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Dallas County is More Catholic, More Religious Than Most Its Neighbors

The other day the Washington Post ran this post featuring several maps created from data of the 2010 Religion Census, the work of the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. The maps show the level of religious participation and diversity in each of country’s counties. Here’s what we learn about Dallas County.

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In Texas, We’re Temperamental & Uninhibited

The conclusions of a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology have been making their way around the World Wide Echo Chamber the last couple days. Researchers surveyed thousands of Americans in each state about their levels of openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, neuroticism, and agreeableness, and lumped regions of the country together into one […]

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Dallas Top U.S. City For Smartphones, Tablets

A new survey, cited by Information Week, claims that Dallas leads the 10 biggest U.S. markets when it comes to the percentage of residents who own smartphones and tablets. The data indicate that 76 percent of us have smartphones, 10 percent more than second-place Los Angeles. By contrast, New York has the lowest penetration of smartphones, at […]

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Poll: Dallas Cowboys Remain America’s Team

A new poll released today by Harris Interactive shows that the soon-to-be Frisco-based Dallas Cowboys of Arlington, despite their recent mediocre seasons, remain America’s favorite football team for the sixth straight year. Here’s the top 10 NFL squads this year, and how they’ve ranked each year since 1998. Despite the team’s popularity, only 3 percent […]

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Dallas and Houston Won the Recession. But Will We Ever Overtake New York and Los Angeles?

The Atlantic made itself a bar graph showing that between 2009 and 2012 (years of economic recovery from the Great Recession), Dallas and our often-moist neighbors to the south outpaced the rest of the 10 biggest metropolitan areas in the United States in terms of GDP growth. DFW’s economy grew 19.1% while Houston’s gain was […]

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Dallas vs. Houston: What Do Migration Numbers Tell Us About Which City Is Superior?

In the comments to the post about today’s Houston vs. Dallas radio appearance by Tim, frequent commenter RAB wonders what the migration numbers between the two cities might suggest about which Texas city is greatest. So I decided to look. Thankfully the Urban Institute did most of the work for me just last year. They […]

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The 10 Best Neighborhoods of Dallas, Based on Where D Magazine Staffers Call Home

Over the weekend, the Morning News reached the ultimate destination of its Best Neighborhoods project by releasing its list of the overall best places to live in the area, with Southlake taking the top spot and most of the rest of the Top 10 in the exurbs. Unfair Park called the places ranked “really rich, really […]

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