Tolerance—the third of my 3Ts of economic development—provides a critical source of economic advantage that works alongside Technology and Talent. Places that are open to new ideas attract creative people from around the globe, broadening both their technology and talent capabilities, gaining a substantial economic edge.
The map below shows how metros across the U.S. score on the Tolerance Index, as updated for The Rise of the Creative Class, Revisited. The chart below shows the top 20 metros. Developed by my Martin Prosperity Institute colleague Kevin Stolarick, it ranks U.S. metros according to three key variables—the share of immigrants or foreign-born residents, the Gay Index (the concentration of gays and lesbians), and the Integration Index, which tracks the level of segregation between ethnic and racial groups.
|Metro||Tolerance Index Score|
|1.||San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA||.751|
|3.||Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA||.739|
|4.||Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA||.738|
|5.||Santa Fe, NM||.726|
|7.||Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA||.708|
|8.||Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL||.702|
|10.||Ann Arbor, MI||.693|
|11.||Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, FL||.692|
|15.||Las Vegas-Paradise, NV||.686|
|17.||San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA||.683|
|19.||Carson City, NV||.679|
Read the full story in The Atlantic Cities HERE.