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- Jane Wells at Top/Best/Most3 hrs ago
You are what you drink.
In a fascinating analysis--or sad, depending on how much you love or loath coffee--Quartz discovered which Starbucks beverage is most popular in several cities. Quartz said the info came from Starbucks itself, and the company did not deny this to us.
The results say something about Americans, or about those Americans who (like me) have been reprogrammed to think paying $4 for coffee is not an outrage. That's a latte money.
Watch the video for the Venti version of the analysis, but here are highlights of the most popular Starbucks orders across America.
Boston: Iced coffee, because they can't have iced tea. They threw it all in the harbor.
New York: Pike Place. No fancy schmancy wimpy frothy drinks here, pal.
Memphis: White chocolate mocha. Pairs well with the blues.
- Jane Wells at Top/Best/Most6 days ago
What is the most popular job in your state? Well, the most common career in America is in retail. But what if you looked at “popular” not in terms of total numbers but based on the most concentrated jobs in particular states when compared to the nation as a whole?
Logger in Oregon? Check. They’re naturally more concentrated there than anywhere else.
Oil industry engineer in Texas? Ditto.
Marriage therapist in New Jersey? Obviously. Wait, what?
RELATED: Gaining weight? Maybe it’s your job
Get ready for the most unusual jobs list yet. Business Insider looked at Census data and determined which career in each state is the most disproportionately concentrated there.
- Jane Wells at Top/Best/Most13 days ago
You are what you eat. And where you work. And what you do. And maybe how much you're paid.
A study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine starts with the obvious. "The CDC recognizes obesity as a national epidemic." Not so obvious: Your job could be part of the problem. Researchers looked at data from over 15,000 employees in a couple dozen fields and found that more than one in four were obese. Not just overweight, but obese, defined as having a body mass index measurement of 30 or over. The slimmest Americans are those ages 18-29 (duh, metabolism!), college graduates, and Asian Americans. Former smokers have higher obesity rates than current smokers (uh, duh, again...why do you think they used to smoke?).
- Jane Wells at Top/Best/Most20 days ago
Americans love their brands. A branded product gives us a sense of predictability. We know how McDonald's fries taste, whether we order them in LA (Los Angeles) or LA (Louisiana). BMW will always be the "ultimate driving machine." A Disney animated movie is always going to make you cry because someone will lose one or both parents, but you'll end up laughing and come away with tears of joy.
APCO Insight, a subsidiary of APCO Worldwide, a major media relations and lobbying firm, spent years researching global brands and eventually determined which are the most beloved based on what it calls "emotional linking."
This isn’t the kind of study that looks at hard numbers like annual sales or stock performance, nor does it measure consumers' perception of a company's popularity or prestige. Instead, APCO looks at the emotions different brands inspire in people to find out if they provoke curiosity, pride, admiration, empowerment -- that kind of thing.
- Jane Wells at Top/Best/Most28 days ago
It's great to get a good-paying job. It's even better when you live in a city where that good-paying job buys more. After all, $60,000 goes a lot further in Boise, Idaho, than Boston.
Wallethub has looked at average incomes across the country.
The most compelling information—for us at Top/Best/Most—is the list of cities with the highest annual incomes when adjusted for cost of living. One hint: they're all in the middle of the country, and none gives you an ocean view, though one comes close.
No. 5: Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Jane Wells at Top/Best/Most1 mth ago
Where do America's wealthiest hang their ridiculously expensive hats? After working hard all day to purchase the universe, where do they relax in a gold-plated Jacuzzi?
Not in New York. Or San Francisco. Or Beverly Hills.
According to the Higley 1000, many of the country's richest residents live in neighborhoods off the beaten path. Increasingly, some of these areas are more racially diverse.
Newport Beach, Calif.
In the heart of the O.C., two neighborhoods in particular make the Higley 1000 list: Pelican Hill, ZIP code 92657, with its ocean views, and Cameo Shores, ZIP code 92625, with access to private beaches. The average income here is about $550,000, and in Pelican Hill, nearly 1 in 4 residents is nonwhite.
East Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
This area of historic luxury apartment buildings has been declared a historic landmark. To live here, in ZIP code 60611, you'll need an average income of nearly $600,000. Ethnically, it’s still overwhelmingly white. African-Americans are the second-largest ethnic group, at a mere 2.5 percent.
Near Washington, DC
- Top/Best/Most1 mth ago
How much do Americans love their fast food? This much: $254,541,589,000.
That's the amount the NPD Group says we spend to buy food that’s quickly thrown together and put in a wrapper, then held in one hand and downed in record time with a soda chaser while driving our cars.
This is 'Merica. That's how we roll.
In a land of 316 million people, $254 billion last year works out to $800 for every man, woman and child, or around $2.20 a day, enough to buy you only half a Big Mac.
But you already knew that. You already eat a lot of Big Macs. Your iPhone map app has been instructed to find every Golden Arch within five miles of your GPS position at any given moment.
- Top/Best/Most1 mth ago
For those who believe the bigger the carbon footprint the better, look at these homes on steroids for sale in America. They are big, strapping habitations large enough to house a small village.
They put the "man" in mansion.
To see the houses, watch the video.
Here are some details on the top five, listed from smallest to most ginormous.
This quaint, three-story Mediterranean home measures a mere 47,000 square feet and sits on 130 acres in Cartersville, Ga., outside Atlanta. The house was designed for "a multi-best-selling author," and includes five bedrooms, seven baths and four half baths (you're never too far from a toilet!). There's a home theater plus a "cafe and unique guest plaza." The author must be cold a lot, because there are 14 fireplaces.
Price: $8.5 million.
- Top/Best/Most1 mth ago
Brother, can you spare a grand?
You’re going to need it if you move out of the United States.
has come out with its annual list of the world’s most expensive cities. Its calculations include a number of factors, including the cost of a loaf of bread, a bottle of wine, a liter of gasoline or a pack of smokes.
For more details—including my attempts to smoke a cigarette and the marriage of Barbie and a shrimp—watch the video.
Bottom line, when it comes to the bottom line, no American city is even in the top 20.
Here are the top five, along with a few sample prices (we converted liters to gallons): No. 4: A tie between Oslo and Melbourne
Loaf of bread: $4.87 Bottle of wine: $25.03 Gallon of gas: $5.64 Pack of cigarettes: $15.72
Loaf of bread: $6.31 Bottle of wine: $17.58 Gallon of gas: $9.88 Pack of cigarettes: $15.24
No. 3: Sydney
Loaf of bread: $5.03 Bottle of wine: $25.38 Gallon of gas: $5.68 Pack of cigarettes: $15.48
No. 2: Osaka
Loaf of bread: $7.94 Bottle of wine: $17.55 Gallon of gas: $7.42 Pack of cigarettes: $5.57
No. 1: Tokyo
Loaf of bread: $9.06 Bottle of wine: $15.95 Gallon of gas: $7.46 Pack of cigarettes: $5.57
- Top/Best/Most1 mth ago
Mardi Gras is coming! Grab your beads and prepare to make a fool out of yourself one last time before Lent. Here is a list of the Phat-test Fat Tuesday parties in the country, the top cities where you will find the best parades and the most fun. New Orleans