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.
RICHARD FLORIDA: 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.
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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