Which cities did I expect to enjoy visiting, and which ones did I enjoy in reality? Here’s a 111%, completely, utterly, totally subjective look at 57 cities in North America, reduced to a scatterplot. Since the data labels might overlap, a link to the full spreadsheet is here.
Overall, I found that about 75% of cities are about as hyped as they deserve, with the hype being informed mostly by overall population and media buzz. This makes the outliers all the more interesting. The most overrated cities:
- Miami (tie)
- Cleveland (tie)
- Boulder (tie)
- San Francisco (tie)
Yes, Cleveland (4,2) tied San Francisco (9,7).
Surprisingly, I’ve found more cities are underrated, probably because I had an exceptionally fine experience:
As always, YMMV. Based on visits mostly within the past decade.