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July 26, 2014

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Which Nevada city made list of America’s top 50 — and which didn’t

Reno. Las Vegas.

Guess which one didn’t make businessweek.com's list of America’s top 50 cities?

Yep, it was Vegas.

Sin City failed to make the business news organizations’s list, which was bookended by San Francisco at No. 1 and Los Angeles at No. 50. The rankings were based on leisure opportunities, educational attributes, economic factors, crime statistics and air quality ratings.

Rounding out the top 10 were Seattle, Washington, D.C., Boston, Portland, Ore., Denver, New York, Austin, Texas, San Diego and St. Paul, Minn.

Reno drew a No. 42 ranking.

Here’s what the list’s creators had to say about it:

“Known for its mining and casinos, Reno lately has struggled to park patrons in the seats of slot machines; its 11.7 percent unemployment rate is the highest on this list. The city has worked to reinvent itself through an unlikely pastime: bowling. Reno lays claim to featuring the only bowling stadium of its kind in the world, with 78 championship lanes for its tournaments.”

So what do you think? Is Vegas worthy of Top 50 status — or at least more worthy than such cities as Lincoln, Neb. (No. 34), Anchorage, Alaska (No. 49), Milwaukee (No. 26) and Reno (and its many bowling lanes)?

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  1. Has Anyone Driven around Las Vegas. What is there for Families to do other than expensive roadside stands offered by the Casinos. A Great Natural History Museum? Children's Museum (Just because we have a small Museum as here in Vegas its not adequate ) where they can spend days learning New things. An Aquarium - like in Monterey or Sea World, A Top Tier Water and Amusement Park? Expansive libraries with large Children's section? A Public Park in the Center City where Festivals are held and a Walkable Downtown of more than six blocks.

    Zoning - Every road with every different color sign imaginable, a place where no One wants to sit in a sidewalk cafe - because the County Commissioners have caved to every builder wanting to put up a tackier sign than their neigbor. Where the signs on the Strip look far better than those near communities.

    Education - Don't Get me Started.

    Las Vegas is still a small Mill Town - the mill just happen to be Casinos and the Residents are stuck working for Mill Wages until they get an Education and Leave or DEMAND more economic diversity from their elected officials.

  2. Leisure opportunities - Fair(Strip, Fremont, Off-strip casinos, Red Rock Canyon, Springs Preserve, Arts District, Malls)
    Educational attributes - Poor/Fair (CCSD known to not be performing so well, being 5th largest)
    Economic factors - Poor/Fair due to housing crisis/unemployment rates/lack of diverse industries
    Crime statistics - going up/rising due to economic factors
    Air quality ratings - Definitely a lot better than LA

    But no, I guess we don't deserve to be in the top 50...yet

  3. Reno is cooler.

  4. Who *cares*? Without the teat of Vegas and Clark County's tax base, the rest of the state wouldn't be on anyone's list of anything. How about we distribute tax revenue equitably within the state on a per capita basis for once?

    Also: If one has time to write a manifesto on a news story as a comment, surely they have time to either make a positive difference in their community or to get on the road and leave. Choose one!

  5. James, get a grip on it. Reno / Washoe County is an urban area, about half a million people. As such, the Reno area is "funded" much as the Vegas area. Elko sort of also. Other than roads, which there are very few, and not-so-well maintained, the urban areas don't send much money into the outback. There are so few people more than 50 miles away from urbania that no one, including politicians, pays much attention. Oh sure, they speech about it but actual funding is rather short. Our tax revenue is siphoned off into "mandatory" programs like K-12 and law enforcement. It doesn't take many firefighters at 1/4 to 1/2 million a year to strain the cash flow. Ditto teachers and law enforcement. OK, all are essential but not in the numbers and compensation levels that we're giving away.