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A survey of 2,500 employees and entrepreneurs by the Human Capital Institute indicates that San Diego is the second most desirable relocation destination. It was second to New York, which is also the least desirable. In citing San Diego, respondents heavily specified environment -- basically, climate, parks and natural features. But there was a different survey, asking similar but distinctly different questions, done by MarketWatch, a Wall Street Journal online publication. Respondents were asked the best areas in which to do business. Winner: Minneapolis-St. Paul. It has 13 companies with annual sales of more than $10 billion. Citizens concede that sometimes a sales job has to be done on a recruit. It gets cold up there. (On the other hand, have you ever known anybody from the Twin Cities who didn't love living there?) Second place went to Boston and third to Denver. Half of the ten highest cities were in the Sun Belt. San Diego was not one of them.

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Visduh Dec. 3, 2008 @ 3:26 p.m.

That survey was just a popularity contest. "If you could live in a city, which one would it be?" Vacationers see San Diego, the beaches, the Bay, La Jolla, the dining, and the perpetual sunshine, and think it is the Garden of Eden. And it is sure to score high in popularity of those who would love to make it their home. But most respondents don't know the local economy, and haven't checked the cost of living versus pay patterns.

I've known people who profess to love living in Chicago, and I cannot fathom that. WINDY, cold winters, difficult commutes, some of the worst (maybe even worse than San Diego!) local politics in the US. But who knows--they say they would live nowhere else.

But please, let's not confuse popularity contests of good places to live with real business acumen. You can see how silly that survey is when you find NYC at the top of both the most favored list, and at the top of the least favored list.


Don Bauder Dec. 3, 2008 @ 6:20 p.m.

Response to post #1: Good points. Both surveys were popularity contests. I was born and reared in a Chicago suburb, although I never thought of it as a garden spot. However, after leaving graduate school, I returned to -- you guessed it -- Chicago. Throughout my nearly 50 years of working, I despised New York and New Yorkers, and thank goodness never had to locate there. Best, Don Bauder


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