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The Top Cities For Trick Or Treating

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The Top Cities For Trick Or Treating

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The Top Cities For Trick Or Treating

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Professor Richard Florida, director of the University of Toronto's Martin Prosperity Institute, has released his Trick or Treat Index for 2010. It's a kind of Lonely Planet guide for hobgoblins. He gives us his top-five list of the best U.S. cities for Halloween trick-or-treating.

LIANE HANSEN, host:

Millions of Americans will bring home stimulus packages tonight as princesses, pirates and monsters, Spidermen, Navi and Lady Gaga, and maybe a few Chilean miners go trick or treating. Richard Florida, director of the University of Toronto's Martin Prosperity Institute, has released his trick or treat index for 2010, a ranking of cities with the best Halloween hauls.

Professor RICHARD FLORIDA (Director, Martin Prosperity Institute, University of Toronto): We ranked 300-plus U.S. metropolitan areas - that's combinations of a center city and their suburb - on some indicators, which we thought might point to cities that would be a great place to go trick or treating.

HANSEN: Indicators like median income, population density, proportion of children and how easy it is to walk from door to door.

Mr. FLORIDA: Number five: Greater Washington, D.C.; number four: Chicago; number three: New York, New York; number two: Los Angeles; and coming in at first place on our best cities for trick or treating 2010 edition: Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, Connecticut.

HANSEN: Professor Florida says the number of big cities at the top is good news. They're becoming safer and better suited for families.

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