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It’s official: Dallas is better than Paris and LA!

Posted 3:30pm on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

So does this mean Dallas is world-class now?

The Youthful Cities Index says Dallas is the fourth best city where “youth see the most potential for work and play,” choosing it over Paris (No. 5), London (7), Los Angeles (8), and poor Rome, stumbling in at 13, just ahead of Johannesburg and Lima. Toronto, the land of Drake, Rush, and a crack-smoking mayor, is No. 1 on the organization’s debut list.

But just what or who is Youthful Cities? It says it’s “the first to quantify on a global scale which cities are the most attractive to people between 15 and 29 years old.” According to Huffington Post, the group used “80 different indicators including business, lifestyle and entertainment, as part of a larger initiative to challenge youth to build better cities.”

Though you have to raise an eyebrow at their metrics since it only used 25 cities (five of the largest from five continents) from all over the world to make their compilation so the usual places that makes these lists of best places for the whippersnappers -- like Portland, Ore. or Austin which came in at No. 1 and No. 2 on this Business Insider list -- didn’t even place. (For the record, Dallas came in at 32, and Houston and San Antonio landed at 30 and 29 respectively on the Business Insider list, well behind the likes of Albuquerque, Denver, and Atlanta.) Plus, there’s no mention if Fort Worth is included as “Dallas” though, since they seem to be referring to metro areas/regions, I’m guessing it is.

Also, there are no representative cities from Australia/Oceania or Scandinavia, many of which always dominate these best-cities-to-live-in surveys.

So, maybe “world-class” will have to wait.

Here’s the list:

1. Toronto

2. Berlin

3. New York City

4. Dallas

5. Paris

6. Chicago

7. London

8. Los Angeles

9. Tokyo

10. Seoul

11. Buenos Aires

12. Mexico City

13. Rome

14. Johannesburg

15. Lima

16. Mumbai

17. Sao Paulo

18. Bogota

19. Istanbul

20. Shanghai

21. Cairo

22. Manila

23. Lagos

24. Nairobi

25. Kinshasa

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