a comprehensive roundup of the year’s most inhabitable cities for the everyday man. The 2009 edition of the Top 29 marks the first of what we anticipate will become a popular annual mainstay on the site, and we’re very excited for the big reveal! Seven unique guy-centric rating categories were used in helping to determine the final Top 29 rankings – each of which are outlined in detail at the end of this e-mail for reference purposes.
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The Rankings were based on the following 7 categories:
1. Dating & Sex
- Points awarded if the city is home to more women than men.
- Points awarded if the majority of women in the city are single.
- Points awarded if more than half of the female population has a university degree.
2. Sports & Entertainment
- Points awarded if at least 50% of the country’s professional sports leagues have teams in this city Points awarded if a once-in-a-lifetime event is scheduled to take place in this city (World Cup, long awaited reunion concert, etc.)
- Points awarded if bars and clubs are open later than 2 a.m.
- Points awarded if there is at least one Michelin-starred restaurant in this city.
- Points awarded if there is at least one celebrity chef-helmed restaurant in this city.
- Points awarded if this city hosts a regular international arts festival (film festival, culinary festival, jazz festival, etc.)
- Points awarded if at least 30% of the city’s workforce is employed in the creative class.
In terms of restaurants we are truly world class and by the best in Canada and top 5 in North America.
- Points awarded if this city hosts an annual fashion week.
- Points awarded if the city is host to a reputable menswear-only store.
Fashion is going on this week and we have Harry Rosen and soon to be Brooks Brothers.
- Points awarded if rate of male heart disease is below the worldwide average.
- Points awarded if the male life span is above the worldwide average.
We got most cities beat on this hands down.
6. Power & Money
- Points awarded if city experienced job growth in 2008 (prior to onset of economic crisis).
- Points awarded if city experienced income growth in 2008 (prior to onset of economic crisis).
- Points awarded if cost of living is below the international urban average.
- Points awarded if the average cost of a pint of beer in the city is below the worldwide average.
Our hippie roots will drag us down as well as the exhorbitant cost of living.
7. The Good Life
- Points awarded if the number of annual sunshine hours is above 2,000.
- Points awarded if city airport hosts flights to more than 100 international destinations.
- Points awarded if at least two major urban developments are currently underway (a new subway system, a new museum, green space, etc.)
Be sure to check back on March 31, 2009 for the big reveal!