Philly’s underrated

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Business Insider says Philadelphia is the most underrated city for 20-somethings.

I know, I know: another day, another online list — but you gotta admire this guy’s methodology. Business Insider’s Andy Kiersz explains:

I am a somewhat reckless, single 20-something trying to start a career. Buying a house, settling down, and worrying about what school district I live in are completely alien concepts.

I am far more interested in meeting interesting people and experiencing all that life has to offer. To help me decide where I and other similarly inclined members of my generation should live, I have put together a ranking of my own: the Shiftless Millennial City Index (SMCI). This index is based on amount of parkland, number of large music venues per capita, number of bars per capita, how many people are single, access to public transportation, and cost of living.

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Apparently, if you measure SMCI against the squaresville metrics produced by, Philadelphia yields the biggest discrepancy. We rank high in SMCI; not so much with AreaVibes. Therefore, we’re underrated.

Millennials actually seem to be taking note, too. Recent data from the Pew Charitable Trusts suggest that young people (ages 20-34) are fueling the city’s population growth.

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