The Best Places in America to Enjoy Halloween

After much anticipation, Richard Florida has published his extremely scientific (no joke) 2012 Halloween Index, which identifies "the metros best primed for trick-or-treating and Halloween revelry."
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Utilizing five factors, including "population density (which makes for efficient trick-or-treating), kids ages five to 14 (as a share of metro population), and median income (a measure of regional affluence), as well as candy stores and costume rental stores per one hundred thousand people," Florida and his colleagues at Martin Prosperity Institute (MPI) rank America's top metros for pint-sized ghouls and goblins.

According to Florida, "Chicago takes the top spot, followed by Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, New York; Trenton-Ewing, New Jersey; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Racine, Wisconsin."

We're hoping that the boys and girls along the storm-ravaged East Coast can enjoy some sugar-fueled fun this evening.

Full Story: The 2012 Halloween Index


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