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San Diego ranks as most tolerant city in the U.S.

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.

 MetroTolerance Index Score
1.San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA.751
2.Napa, CA.747
3.Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA.739
4.Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA.738
5.Santa Fe, NM.726
6.Ithaca, NY.723
7.Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA.708
8.Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL.702
9.Boulder, CO.701
10.Ann Arbor, MI.693
11.Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, FL.692
12.Greeley, CO.691
13.Trenton-Ewing, NJ.690
14.Fresno, CA.687
15.Las Vegas-Paradise, NV.686
16.Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA.684
17.San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA.683
18.Worcester, MA.680
19.Carson City, NV.679
20.Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH.678

Read the full story in The Atlantic Cities HERE.

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