Beauty and the Beast: An Empirical Tale of City Attributes
AbstractIn 2007, Travel & Leisure magazine conducted a survey of 60,000 people who were asked to score a number of U.S. cities in several broad categories such as culture, cityscape, people, cuisine, shopping, entertainment, and many others. This paper investigates whether peoples' perceptions of various city traits can be systematically linked to economic, demographic, and geographic factors that can shape city image. We find numerous statistically significant correlations between perceived city attributes in various categories and city facts from the Census Bureau. Some of our findings appear very intuitive, but some are rather surprising. For instance, demographic and racial groups often exhibit statistically significant coefficients that may vary dramatically across groups or regressions.
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Volume (Year): 18 (2007)
Issue (Month): 9 ()
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