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If you're young and single, you'd be advised to stay away from Nashville. According to the exacting science of Forbes, we're not even as cool as -- gasp! -- Memphis. In its Best Cities for Singles
report this week, Nashville didn't even crack the Top 40. And seeing as how there's only about 40 real cities in America, this isn't very good.
New York, Boston and Chicago were the top three in a study that factored in "coolness, cost of living, culture, online dating and nightlife."
But Pith might have a few questions about the business magazine's methodology. For example, "coolness" was measured by a Harris poll in which people across the U.S. were asked, "Among the following U.S. cities, which one do you
think is the coolest?" But seeing as how cool people usually don't respond to telephone polls -- because they're way too busy doing cool things -- we suspect Forbes' science may be a little off here.
That's demonstrated by the actual rankings. Memphis finished 38th, higher than Jacksonville and Salt Lake City -- where it takes three lawyers and a Sherpa guide just to buy a beer. And the giant hazardous waste sites known as Baltimore (21), Buffalo (18), Cleveland (14) and Milwaukee (9) all finished ahead of Miami, which came in 29th.
Then again, if you work at Forbes, you're idea of a killer date is going Dutch on a six-pack of O'Doul's and staying home to watch Jim Cramer scream at you from the TV.