The most exciting city in America came out on top on four criteria: most diversity, and most museums, theater companies and movie theaters per square mile. Click the photo to go to a slideshow of category winners. (Photo credit: Flickr user damianpenney)Our fun-loving friends at Movoto Real Estate -- who have previously investigated such hard-hitting questions as how much the house from "The Simpsons" is worth and what price the Monopoly game's properties would fetch in real life -- recently set themselves the ambitious task of determining the most exciting cities in America.
Now, I'm not going to lie to you: Their results are going to be controversial, no doubt. New York City isn't in the top five, and Los Angeles isn't on the list at all. And some of the cities that do make the list, including their No. 1, are bound to raise eyebrows.
They describe their methodology in more depth over on Movoto Blog (where a robust conversation is already roiling in the comments), but in broad strokes, they rated the 50 biggest cities on these criteria:
- Park acreage per person.
- Percentage of the population age 20 to 34.
- Bars, movie theaters, museums, theater companies and music venues per square mile.
- Racial and ethnic diversity: "The smaller a