Richard Florida

Richard Florida is Co-founder and Editor at Large of CityLab.com and Senior Editor at The Atlantic. He is director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto and Global Research Professor at NYU. More

Florida is author of The Rise of the Creative ClassWho's Your City?, and The Great Reset. He's also the founder of the Creative Class Group, and a list of his current clients can be found here
  • Stressed-Out States

    Stress is a fundamental fact of life these days. But which parts of the country have the most stressed-out people? This map from the the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being survey shows the stress levels for each of the 50 states. The map reflects the fraction of survey respondents who said they experienced stress "during a lot of the day yesterday" between January and June 2009.

  • City Residents Pay More... Taxes

    A new study by University of Michigan economist and MPI associate David Albouy, published in the Journal of Political Economy, finds that workers in expensive cities - including those in the Rustbelt and even hard-hit Detroit - pay a disproportionate share of federal taxes. Overall, urbanites pay 27 percent more in federal income taxes than workers with similar skills in a small city or rural area. Here's a summary of the study.

  • The Bailout Maps

    The bailout is big. But, where exactly is it going? Thanks to the efforts of ProPublica, we can track bailout funds by state. The map below, based on their data, shows the geographic distribution of bailout spending.

  • Economics and Ideology

    Political scientist, Andrew Gelman has some great graphs on the connection between economics and ideology. Comparing income levels, ideology and…

  • Happy States and the Economic Crisis

    How has the economic crisis affected the happiness and well-being of Americans? Newly released data from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index…

  • This is Your State's Personality on Drugs

    Yesterday, we looked at the relationship between drug use and the concentrations of certain kinds of jobs in states. We saw that cocaine is more…

  • This Is Your Occupation on Drugs

    Yesterday, we looked at the relationship between drug use and class. We found that drug use was significantly associated with the percentage of the…

  • Drug Use and Class

    Yesterday, we looked at the relationship between drug use and economic patterns. We saw that drug use was associated with both higher levels of state…

  • Do Richer States Smoke More Pot?

    Yesterday, I looked at the relationship between drug use and politics. We saw that states that voted for Obama had higher levels of marijuana and…

  • This is Your Economy on Drugs

    Yesterday, I looked at the relationship between drug use and politics. We saw that states that voted for Obama had higher levels of marijuana and…

  • This is Your Candidate on Drugs

    Ryan Grim's new book, This is Your Country on Drugs, has revived interest in drug use and drug policy. Around the time it hit the streets, this map of drug use by state (via Map Scroll) started circulating around the Internet.

  • The Big Restructure

    It's more than a jobless recovery, we've been looking at a jobless decade or more, at least in terms of private sector jobs, according to Business…

  • The Immigration Question

    American attitudes toward immigration are hardening, according to a new Gallup poll. Half of all Americans say immigration should be "decreased" - up 11 points from 39 percent last year.

  • Housing and the Crisis, Part IV

    Yesterday, we looked at the relationship between housing prices and income. Today, we turn to the relationship between housing prices and wages.…

  • Housing and the Crisis, Part III

    Last week, we looked at the relationship between past and current housing prices. We saw that there are some regions where housing prices have fallen…

  • Failed States and Development

    Earlier this week, Foreign Policy released the latest edition of its Failed States Index (via Daily Dish's Patrick Appel). It's based on a database…

  • Chart of the Day

    The U.S. economy has shed 7.2 million jobs since the onset of the recession. But the economic pain of unemployment has not been spread equally, according to a new analysis by my colleagues at the Martin Prosperity Institute.

  • Housing and the Crisis, Part II

    Yesterday, I compared 2009 housing prices to their 2006 baseline. Today, I turn to the change in housing prices. The graph below plots the percentage units change in housing prices between 2006 and 2009 against the 2006 baseline price.

  • Housing and the Crisis, Part I

    Housing prices continue to fall nationally but the economic impacts of the crisis are being felt unevenly across the country. Housing values are off…

  • Where Unemployment is Worse than Expected

    The impacts of the economic crisis continue to be felt unevenly across the country. I've previously looked at the factors associated with higher…

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Riding Unicycles in a Cave

"If you fall down and break your leg, there's no way out."

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Carrot: A Pitch-Perfect Satire of Tech

"It's not just a vegetable. It's what a vegetable should be."

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An Ingenious 360-Degree Time-Lapse

Watch the world become a cartoonishly small playground

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The Benefits of Living Alone on a Mountain

"You really have to love solitary time by yourself."

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The Rise of the Cat Tattoo

How a Brooklyn tattoo artist popularized the "cattoo"

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