From my city reading pile

by Ryan Streeter on November 6, 2016. Follow Ryan on Twitter.

Where can you earn the most relative to your cost of living? Wendell Cox and Joel Kotkin of the Center for Opportunity Urbanism have created a useful index that uses mean pay per job adjusted by cost of living in 106 metros with more than 500,000 residents.

Kotkin categorizes the results by 4 categories:

  • Expensive but worth it: Places like Silicon Valley and Hartford
  • Moderately priced but high incomes: Houston
  • Expensive but not producing enough high-paying jobs to make it worth it: San Diego and LA
  • Cheap, but not for the right reasons: most of the cities on the bottom half of their list

You can check out the COU Index here.

And at the Upshot, a good article on how the GOP has completely lost cities. One of my favorites (and former boss), Stephen Goldsmith sums it up well:

It’s unimaginably distressing, even by eight years ago, let alone 16 years ago…We had an opportunity to reach broadly across the country to have an inspiring voice of opportunity, and there’s a set of coherent Republican policies that would amplify that opportunity. We’re doing the opposite. We’re insulting folks who could vote for us.

And, also at the Upshot, a worthwhile read on how political ideology is related to whether you live in cities, suburbs, or countryside. Given where my family and I have chosen to live over the past 20 years, I must be a hard-core lefty.