Figuring It Out

Good news!  The Stamford-Norwalk-Bridgeport metropolitan area is the nation’s “4th most livable city.”

Bad news! It’s also the nation’s most expensive rental market.

In other words, it’s a great place to live — but who can afford to live here?  Yogi Berra’s got nothin’ on me.

I guess we should be proud that Forbes.com — the livability folks — ranked us just behind Portland (ME), Bethesda (MD) and Des Moines (Midwest) — though neither Bethesda nor Stamford-Norwalk-Bridgeport is technically a “city.”

And we should probably be thrilled that Forbes’ “livability index” omitted criteria like traffic, commuting distances, public transportation, taxes, lack of room to grow, weather and, oh yeah, cost of housing.

Factor those in, and we’d be battling Cleveland,  Detroit and Flint for the title of most miserable places to live.

"Stamford-Norwalk-Bridgeport"

"Stamford-Norwalk-Bridgeport"

Flint, Michigan

Flint

2 responses to “Figuring It Out

  1. Chip Stephens

    Dan, didn’t have your coffee before this posting? Compare 06880 to Detroit and Flint ? It is time to visit the midwest and refresh your memory before comparing the land of Compo Beach and culture to ……. You know you didn’t mean that last sentence

  2. Hah! You’re right, Chip. Good call. Off to Crumbs — or Great Cakes — for coffee.