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Atlanta among Forbes’ Top 10 fun cities, but it’s no New York

Apparently we’re not the most fun city in the United States, nor are we among the top five cities. According to a one new ranking, Atlanta isn’t even the best spot in the southeast to have a good time. But! We are on the list released this month by Forbes.com, that data-happy purveyor of random rankings. Atlanta falls sixth on its list of America’s Most Entertaining Cities.

Atlanta has previously appeared on Forbes’ lists of great places to retire, not-so-great places for working moms and affordable places to live. It recently lost the title of best city for singles, apparently because we all lived happily ever after, or maybe because our rankings for nightlife and culture were kinda lousy.

Indeed, I believe I’m spoon-feeding the list-making beast just by mentioning this set of rankings. Open wide!

Our, um, competition:

1. New York
2. Chicago
3. Los Angeles
4. Miami (tie)
4. Washington, D.C. (tie)
6. Atlanta
7. Boston (tie)
7. Philadelphia
9. San Francisco
10. Dallas

Just how fun is Atlanta?

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In the story, Forbes said it calculated the rankings using metropolitan statistical areas and stats from AOL City Guides for bars, restaurants, nightclubs, live theater venues, museums and sporting venues, then added in sports teams and previous Best Cities for the Outdoors rankings. These aren’t per capita rankings, so it favors more populous cities, but also points out that, hey: New York is big, there’s a lot going on and you get to pick from all of it, not just your statistical allotment of sports bars and community theaters.

So what do you think — do Forbes’ numbers provide an accurate comparison of fun to be had in Atlanta, versus other cities? Do you pay attention to lists like these when deciding where to live or travel? Mostly, do you feel like there’s enough fun stuff going on here for you to stay busy and happy here in Atlanta? Share you thoughts in the comments!

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49 comments Add your comment

Dr. Warren

September 9th, 2009
12:50 pm

Hey Jamie–wouldn’t “hatred” be the more appropriate word to use? Proper English should be the rule in a major newspaper, no?

Duluth, GA

September 9th, 2009
12:26 pm

Truth, this is how they came up with the rankings, “In the story, Forbes said it calculated the rankings using metropolitan statistical areas and stats from AOL City Guides for bars, restaurants, nightclubs, live theater venues, museums and sporting venues, then added in sports teams and previous Best Cities for the Outdoors rankings. These aren’t per capita rankings, so it favors more populous cities, but also points out that, hey: New York is big, there’s a lot going on and you get to pick from all of it, not just your statistical allotment of sports bars and community theaters.”

Truth

September 9th, 2009
12:22 pm

Wow – I am ready to chip in for your ticket out of town.

MiamiDolphins2010SBowl!!!
“There way too many black people and there no diversity at all here.”
Are there too many Asians in San Francisco?

How can you take this list seriously when San Fran made list and Vegas did not. Anyway, Atlanta has pro sports (that are finally improving go Falcons, Hawks are young and good) College sports, great colleges / universities (yes great despite the North East bias in ranking schools) good music / arts scene, nice sky line, good restaurants and friendlier people than any city ahead of Atlanta on the list. I appreciate Atlanta more now that I do not live there anymore. Crime and traffic are problems. Expanded MARTA and tougher / smarter policing and dynamic leadership in the office of the mayor is what is needed.

Duluth, GA

September 9th, 2009
12:22 pm

MiamiDolphins2010SBowl!!!, I believe you just want some attention. Go stand in a corner or something. Anyway, I believe Atlanta is a great place and it definately is a fun city. I have been to many cities in the U.S and I personally believe that Atlanta is ranked correctly (# 6). If you cannot find anything to do in this city, then something is wrong with you!

Reader

September 9th, 2009
12:12 pm

Oh look there, somebody through in a race card. Too Many Black People. I’m white and that’s horrible for somebody to say something like that. No diversity here? Go WALK down Buford highway and there will be your diversity. Makes no sense for somebody to say that. In response to the message board. I feel Atlanta is still a fun and great city for visitors as is NY, LA, Miami. I will never ever live in those cities. Too much going on, not good for a family, way to expensive. N.O. is fun as well, but I never live there, they’re still recovering. This is a great list though.

TBizzle

September 9th, 2009
12:06 pm

Atlanta doesn’t have anything that truly separates itself from other cities. Sure, it has all of the normal big city amentities you would expect, but Atlanta is seriously lacking a unique factor.

The best thing about Atlanta is that you can easily fly to other cities or drive 5 hours to Florida and SC beaches.

Steve0

September 9th, 2009
12:01 pm

correcting- I’m glad someone got it. Personally, I’m glad that suburban dorks only go to the Highlands. It keeps them away from the cool stuff. I liked it better when they were isolated in Buckhead, but then the Buckhead money used the SCARY SCARY NEGROES to shut down the bars. It’s hilarious that the easily scared and the stupid fell for the ruse.

So the Buckhead club people pushed into Midtown (although Midtown always had a club scene, it used to be more fun), the aging fratboys pushed into the Highlands, and the black people moved to Castleberry Hill. The aging fratboys pushed the Highlands people into L5P, which pushed the L5P hipsters into Cabbagetown and East Atlanta.

And Decatur and Poncey Higlands really hasn’t changed in 10 years, except for the loss of Trackside. It’s the circle of party life.

And what’s with every fratboy wandering into the Clermont and jacking up the price. The cover has been going steadily up for at least 7 years. It used to be free on Friday, damnit!

Kevin

September 9th, 2009
11:58 am

For all of you who have something negative to say about Atlanta, I challenge you to come up with 2 positive things to say about the city. Everyone can always complain and blame the other person, but never want to do anything about that problem. if you hate it so much, what’s stopping you from leaving?

I think Atlanta is a a fun city-if you know where to look.

Kevin

September 9th, 2009
11:55 am

Wow…I challenge ALL of you who have said negative things about Atlanta so say 2 positive things about city….if it was THAT bad, then why don’t you leave? It’s people like you that give Atlanta the reputation it has….

Jamie Gumbrecht

September 9th, 2009
11:52 am

Hey folks: this is a blog about fun in Atlanta. We’re not talking about race, and we’re absolutely not tossing around stereotypes of entire groups of people. Stay on topoic, be respectful in the comments or take your hate somewhere else.