Richard Florida

Richard Florida is Co-founder and Editor at Large of 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 Class, Who'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.
  • Free, Tolerant, and Happy

    To what extent is economic freedom associated with tolerance and happiness? Are freer nations also more tolerant?

  • Recession, Recovery ... Remodeling

    What an intriguing new indicator says about the state of the economy

  • Working Smart for the Money

    Working smarter, and not working harder, is what brings higher earnings to states

  • Personality and the Census

    What factors might drive census participation? With the help of my colleague Charlotta Mellander, I decided to take a quick look

  • Getting Jane Jacobs Right

    A new book dispels the notion that Jane Jacobs opposes new urban developments

  • Why Nations Struggle or Thrive

    The Gallup study found a "clear well-being divide between the wealthier countries of northern, western, and central Europe and some poorer countries within eastern and southern Europe."

  • Mapping Global Well-Being

    This map from the Gallup Organization shows the well-being levels of the nations of the world. Gallup collected the data through from interviews…

  • The Christianity Map


  • Is America Really Ahead in the Olympic Medal Count?

    Depending on which calculations you use, Norway could actually be the top country—and the U.S. could be 19th.

  • How High-Speed Rail Can Help Expand the Economy

    It's been hard to justify high-speed rail (HSR) projects in terms of conventional cost-benefit analysis. But, it may be time to rethink - and broaden - the way we think of the benefits of HSR. HSR's benefits are usually thought of in terms of lowering transport costs by reducing problems like gridlock, pollution, and travel time. But the real benefit of HSR may turn on its ability to expand economic growth, according to a new analysis by my colleagues at the Martin Prosperity Institute.

  • What Makes Cities Happy

    Earlier this week, I discussed the new Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index of happy cities. Today, with the help of my Martin Prosperity Institute colleague Charlotta Mellander, I look at some of the social, demographic, and economic factors that might be associated with the happiness and well-being of cities.

  • Happy Cities

    Silicon Valley is America's happiest big metro-region and Washington, D.C. is second, according to a new survey of America's 52 largest metro regions…

  • The Job Creation Map

    Here's a map of job creation from The Gallup Organization. It's based on approximately 100,000 Gallup Daily tracking interviews conducted throughout…

  • The Facebook Connections Map

    Here's a cool map based on over 210 million Facebook profiles (h/t: Jason Rentfrow). Compiled by Pete Warden, it plots the connections between places that share Facebook friends. The map divides the U.S. into seven distinct locational clusters with names like "Stayathomia," "Mormonia," and "Socalistan."

  • Unemployment: Getting Better for Some

    It's terrific to see unemployment rate dip below the 10 percent mark. But, unemployment in the Great Reset remains quite a bit deeper than in…

  • Regional Unemployment Continues to Rise

    Unemployment continues to rise in U.S. metro regions, according to the December figures released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor…

  • The Geography of Obesity

    Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in America. More than 72 million American adults are obese, according to estimates from the National Center for Health Statistics. But obesity varies greatly by state. The map below, from the Centers from Disease Control (CDC), shows the obesity rate for the 50 states, measured as the share of people with a Body Mass Index (BMI) over 30 which the CDC classifies as "obese."

  • Where (and Why) the Job Openings Are

    Even as the economy improves, the unemployment rate continues to grow higher and job creation remains a central issue. Not only does unemployment…

  • The Geography of Smoking

    One in five Americans continue to smoke cigarettes, according to a new survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The smoking rate varies from low of 9.2 percent in Utah to a high of 26.6 percent in West Virginia. The map below, from the Wall Street Journal, shows the smoking rate by state.

  • Chart of the Day: Unemployed Per Job Opening

    If a picture's worth a thousand words, this chart has to be valued more than 10 times that.  Detroit is literally off the chart. The big losers,…


Photos of New York City, in Motion

A filmmaker animated hundreds of still photographs to create this Big Apple flip book


The Absurd Psychology of Restaurant Menus

Would people eat healthier if celery was called "cool celery?"


This Japanese Inn Has Been Open For 1,300 Years

It's one of the oldest family businesses in the world.


What Happens Inside a Dying Mind?

Science cannot fully explain near-death experiences.



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