Trend Reports


And we’re back! Here’s our latest installment of the Trend Report for your viewing pleasure…..

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It’s been a long time since single adulthood was just a hurried way station between adolescence and marriage. Today the median age of first marriage is rising for both men and women, and singles make up 41% of American adults 18 and over. In fact, most Americans can expect to spend fully half of their adult lives unmarried.

Singles are an increasingly diverse group. Being unmarried these days could mean living with an opposite-sex partner–as 9.8 million Americans did in 2005–or becoming a single mother by choice rather than necessity, a growing trend. Only about one-third of America’s 90 million unmarrieds live alone, and about 14% of single adults are over the age of 65. As what it means to be single changes, the growing economic clout of singles as a class means that cities can ill afford to lose them, as sociologist Richard Florida argues in The Rise of the Creative Class.

So what lucky cities stand the best chance of attracting this crucial class? Forbes.com answered that question in their seventh annual Best Cities for Singles special report. They looked at 40 of the largest urbanized areas in the country and judged them on culture, nightlife, job growth, the cost of living alone, online dating, the number of other singles and that ever-elusive quality, cool.

Minneapolis tied for twelfth overall, but here’s a look at how we ranked in each individual category:

#12 Minneapolis-St. Paul

*** Note our top 10 ranking in the ever-elusive “cool” quality! 🙂 ***

1-singles.gif     Singles                              15

2-nightlife.gif     Nightlife                           20

3-cool.gif     Coolness                           6

4-cultural.gif     Culture                              9

5-jobgrowth.gif     Job Growth                      20

6-online.gif     Online Dating                 25

7-costofliving.gif     Cost of Living Alone     28

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This Thanksgiving 2007 Edition is our third installment of the weekly Trend Report…..

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Here it is, our second installment of the weekly Trend Report….

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Hello everybody!  And thank you for checking out our blog 🙂 

While we know that while our readers tend to be web-savvy individuals (many spending a LOT of time online) and that most are interested in real estate on some level, we also understand that that’s not all that you are….

You’re human. You’re interested in more than just the buying and selling of homes. And sometimes you probably get sick of spending so much time with your eyes glued to your computer screen.

So we’ve decided to take a stand and try something crazy starting today….

We’re bringing print back!    (the crowd oooohs and aaaahs)

Beginning today, we’re going to post a weekly Trend Report that covers a range of topics from helpful home tips to technology trends to miscellaneous market facts and everything in between. It’s in PDF format, so you can save it, print it, hang it on your refrigerator or in your cubicle, make a paper airplane out of it, recycle it, pass it along, and read whenever you feel like it…..perhaps first thing in the morning over a cup of coffee, in the loo, or during your commute home – if you’re not driving that is 🙂

If nothing else, I at least hope you check it out for a few weeks, you’re bound to find some new service or great tip that you can use yourself…….or that you can pass off as your own idea during some random conversation with your boss at the holiday party in order to seal the deal on that next promotion. We promise we won’t tell 🙂

So without further ado, here is the first of our weekly Trend Reports……

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…. and be sure to feel free to post or contact us directly with any feedback or suggestions you have.

Thanks!!!