Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Where Do Americans Want to Live?

The top five metro areas are Denver, San Diego, Seattle, Orlando, and Tampa, according to Pew research reported in this New York Times opinion piece.

The author, David Brooks, gives a number of reasons why, but this one caught my eye:

These are places (except for Orlando) where spectacular natural scenery is visible from medium-density residential neighborhoods…

One of my favorite themes is the link between natural amenities and market growth. Weather, water, and topographic diversity correlate highly with long term growth trends, and all these cities have very high natural amenity scores.