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Bloomberg Businessweek is out with a list of the best U.S. cities based on such criteria as the number of restaurants, bars and museums per capita; number of colleges, libraries, and professional sports teams; the income, poverty, unemployment, crime and foreclosure rates; percent of population with bachelor's degrees or higher; public school performance; park acres per 1,000 residents, and air quality.

San Diego comes in 7th and is the only city with more than 1 million population in the top ten. "It's difficult to find a city that has weather more classically perfect. Essentially, it's always sunny," says the publication.

The top ten are, in order, Raleigh; Arlington, Va.; Honolulu; Scottsdale; Irvine; Washington D.C.; San Diego; Virginia Beach; San Francisco, and Anchorage. The populations are for the city, not the metro area.

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where does san diego rank on the corruption scale?

Sept. 21, 2011

High on the corruption scale, I would bet. Best, Don Bauder

Sept. 21, 2011

For corruption, San Diego is in a three way tie for first place with Chicago and Washington D.C.

Sept. 21, 2011

Don't forget Jersey City, Miami, Las Vegas. The three scam havens in the US are South Florida, Vegas and Southern California. Best, Don Bauder

Sept. 21, 2011

Honolulu second place? That list just lost all credibility.

Sept. 21, 2011

Honolulu is beautiful, but small.

Could never live on a tiny island 3K miles away from the rest of the country......

Sept. 21, 2011

People there often long to get back to the mainland. Best, Don Bauder

Sept. 21, 2011

These lists generally lack credibility, although I continue to print them because they are fun. Raleigh number one? I've been there twice this year and have no interest in returning. Ever. Do you remember the list in which Coronado was named as one of the nation's hot spots for young, single swingers? Best, Don Bauder

Sept. 21, 2011

Lists have no credibility due to the half-baked way the mags construct them. They're full of opinion, generally far more subjective than objective. Years ago one of them had Pittsburgh at the top of a list measuring quality of life! Pittsburgh? Nuts.

Sept. 21, 2011

They set up statistical criteria, then send their computers on a search for cities that qualify. In these lists, you can almost always tell that the author knows very little about the cities being discussed. Best, Don Bauder

Sept. 22, 2011

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