New York City, San Diego and Las Vegas Top List of Cities People Would Like to Live In or Near

NEW YORK, N.Y. – October 20, 2010 – A new Harris poll finds that more people would like to live in or near New York City than any other city. San Diego is the second most popular city, followed by Las Vegas. The next most popular cities are Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Nashville, Atlanta, Denver and Boston. The Harris Poll has asked this question almost every year since 1997. New York has been the most popular city in every year except in 1998 when it placed second behind San Francisco.

U.S. CITIES PEOPLE WOULD MOST LIKE TO LIVE IN OR NEAR TO

If you could live in or near any city in the country except the one you live in or nearest to now which city would you choose?

Base: All U.S. Adults

 

2010

New York, NY

1

San Diego, CA

2

Las Vegas, NV

3

Seattle, WA

4

San Francisco, CA

5

Los Angeles, CA

6

Nashville, TN

=7

Atlanta, GA

=7

Denver, CO

9

Boston, MA

10

 

These are some of the results of The Harris Poll of 2,620 adults surveyed online between September 14 and 20, 2010.

While New York has consistently topped this list for the last 12 years, other cities positions have been quite volatile. This year several cities have improved their rankings including:

  • San Diego, up to #2 from #4 last year;
  • Las Vegas, up to #3 from #8;
  • Los Angeles, up from #15 to #6; and
  • Nashville and Atlanta, up from a tied for #7 from #12 and #13 last year.

Cities that have lost ground and slipped down the rankings include:

  • San Francisco, down to #5 from a tie for #2 last year;
  • Denver, down to #9 from a tie for #2;
  • Boston down to #10 from #7; and
  • Chicago down to #12 from #6 last year.

Miami, Honolulu, Raleigh-Durham and Portland which rank numbers 13, 14 and tied for number 15 have all moved up from last year into the top 15. Washington DC, Dallas and Austin have all dropped out of the top 15 this year.

Least Favorite City

When asked to name the city that they would least like to live in or near to, more people choose New York than any other city. It is followed by Detroit, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston.

 

LEAST FAVORITE CITY

And, which city would you least like to live in?

Base: All U.S. Adults

 

2010

New York, NY

1

Detroit, MI

2

Los Angeles, CA

3

Chicago, IL

4

Houston, TX

5

Miami, FL

6

Washington, DC

7

San Francisco, CA

8

Dallas, TX

9

Phoenix, AZ

=10

New Orleans, LA

=10

 

So What?

It’s interesting to note that several of America’s favorite cities (New York, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Boston and Chicago) also fall in the least favorite list. As Americans show a wide range of opinions in the cities they prefer-many like warm weather, while others may prefer snow-what appeals to some Americans may seem miserable for others. Luckily, the United States has plenty of cities in varying sizes, climates, and styles to choose from.

 

TABLE 1

U.S. CITIES PEOPLE WOULD MOST LIKE TO LIVE IN OR NEAR TO

If you could live in or near any city in the country except the one you live in or nearest to now which city would you choose?

Base: All U.S. Adults

 

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2005

2006

2007

2009

2010

New York, NY

1

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

San Diego, CA

=7

=7

9

5

=2

8

2

2

3

2

4

2

Las Vegas, NV

*

=15

12

=6

=5

=14

4

3

5

5

8

3

Seattle, WA

2

4

2

3

4

3

=9

5

4

3

5

4

San Francisco, CA

=5

1

3

=6

=2

2

3

4

2

4

=2

5

Los Angeles, CA

*

14

=13

=12

11

10

5

12

11

=9

15

6

Nashville, TN

11

=9

11

*

*

*

*

15

*

*

12

=7

Atlanta, GA

=5

3

4

2

9

5

11

9

*

*

13

=7

Denver, CO

4

=5

6

4

=5

=6

=9

7

=7

=9

=2

9

Boston, MA

=7

=7

7

9

=7

12

=13

11

10

12

7

10

Orlando, FL

*

*

*

*

*

*

12

*

14

6

14

11

Chicago, IL

10

=12

5

=6

=7

=6

6

6

9

11

6

12

Miami, FL

13

*

*

=14

=13

11

=15

*

*

15

*

13

Honolulu, HI

*

*

*

*

*

*

=13

8

6

7

*

14

Portland, OR

12

=12

=15

=12

=13

=14

8

10

=12

14

*

=15

Raleigh-Durham, NC

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

*

=15

= Tied for that position

* Not in top 15

 

CITIES NEW OR RETURNING TO TOP 15 THIS YEAR

Miami, FL (13)

Honolulu, HI (14)

Raleigh-Durham, NC (=15)

 

CITIES THAT DROPPED OUT OF TOP 15 THIS YEAR

Washington, DC (was 9)

Dallas, TX (was 10)

Austin, TX (was 11)

 

 

TABLE 2

LEAST FAVORITE CITY

And, which city would you least like to live in?

Base: All U.S. Adults

 

2010

New York, NY

1

Detroit, MI

2

Los Angeles, CA

3

Chicago, IL

4

Houston, TX

5

Miami, FL

6

Washington, DC

7

San Francisco, CA

8

Dallas, TX

9

Phoenix, AZ

=10

New Orleans, LA

=10

Philadelphia, PA

12

Las Vegas, NV

=13

Boston, MA

=13

Memphis, TN

=15

Cleveland, OH

=15

 

 

Methodology

This Harris Poll was conducted online within the United States between September 14 to 20, 2010 among 2,620 adults (aged 18 and over). Figures for age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, region and household income were weighted where necessary to bring them into line with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, Harris Interactive avoids the words margin of error as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.

Respondents for this survey were selected from among those who have agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The data have been weighted to reflect the composition of the adult population. Because the sample is based on those who agreed to participate in the Harris Interactive panel, no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated.

These statements conform to the principles of disclosure of the National Council on Public Polls.

The results of this Harris Poll may not be used in advertising, marketing or promotion without the prior written permission of Harris Interactive.

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The Harris Poll® #123, October 20, 2010

By Humphrey Taylor, Chairman The Harris Poll