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Cities recognized as 2 of the most eventful in the country

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    A general view of the crowd during day two of the Outside Lands festival at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The city was ranked the third most eventful city in the country.

    San Francisco is hip and Berkeley is well active. There is a lot to do in both cities and they are both recognized as two of the most eventful cities in the country.

    Eventful, a portal for local event listing, released its second annual  "Most Eventful Cities" report, which ranks U.S. cities according to the number and diversity of local events for residents and visitors.

    San Francisco was ranked the third most eventful city in the country while Berkeley was recognized as the second most small but eventful city. Cool.
     
    For the second year in a row, Eventful analyzed data for all U.S. cities with a population exceeding 100,000, as well as select cities with smaller populations, examining the quantity and nature of the local events in each market. As one would expect, major markets like New York, Los Angeles and Chicago held several of the top spots.

    At the same time, many smaller cities made surprise appearances in the rankings due to unexpectedly large number of events for their size. Seattle jumped from thirteenth place to fifth overall this year thanks to its vibrant music scene and its wealth of outdoor activities. San Francisco, meanwhile, held steady in third place due to its abundance of diverse cultural offerings, strong options for singles and proximity to thousands of acres of open space.

    Other cities' top rankings reinforced their already existing reputations. Branson, Missouri, which bills itself as the "live music capital of the world," took second place in the music category, beating out Los Angeles and Chicago. The entertainment attractions of Las Vegas (pop. 560,000), from nightlife to performing arts, vaulted the city from nineteenth to ninth in the overall rankings.

    Meanwhile, Pasadena (pop. 145,000), north of Los Angeles, headed up the new "Small but Eventful" category, besting several college towns with thriving concert venues, including Berkeley (pop. 100,000), Ann Arbor and Gainesville (both pop. 115,000).

    "The quantity and selection of local events provide a fascinating window into the soul of a city," said Jordan Glazier, CEO, Eventful. "You learn a lot about the nature and rhythm of a place by seeing how its residents use their free time, entertain themselves and engage with their community."

    Methodology for 2008 'Most Eventful Cities' rankings Eventful has the largest aggregation of local events in the world, with approximately eight million upcoming events on the site at any time. The 2008 'Most Eventful Cities' rankings are based on the total number of events listed on Eventful that took place in each U.S. city between December 1, 2007 and November 18, 2008. For the new 'Small but Eventful' category, Eventful looked at cities with populations smaller than 150,000 that had the highest number of events per capita.

    Rankings: Top 25 "2008 Most Eventful Cities"
    City rank                             Rank last year
    1. New York, NY (pop. 8,274,527)      1
    2. Los Angeles, CA (pop. 3,834,340)   2
    3. San Francisco, CA (pop. 764,976)   3
    4. Chicago, IL (pop. 2,836,658)       4
    5. Seattle, WA (pop. 594,210)         13
    6. Phoenix, AZ (pop. 1,552,259)       8
    7. Dallas, TX (pop. 1,240,499)        15
    8. Philadelphia, PN (pop. 1,449,634)  5
    9. Las Vegas, NV (pop. 558,880)       19
    10. San Diego, CA (pop. 1,266,731)    9
    11. Atlanta, GA (pop. 519,145)        14
    12. Boston, MA (pop. 599,351)         11
    13. Houston, TX (pop. 2,208,180)      7
    14. Washington D.C. (pop. 588,292)    10
    15. Miami, FL (pop. 409,719)          12
    16. Tucson, AZ (pop. 525,529)         6
    17. Minneapolis, MN (pop. 377,392)    23
    18. Denver, CO (pop. 588,349)         16
    19. Austin, TX (pop. 743,074)         17
    20. Nashville, TN (pop. 590,807)      25
    21. Orlando, FL (pop. 227,907)        N/A
    22. Tampa, FL (pop. 336,823)          18
    23. Baltimore, MD (pop. 637,455)      21
    24. Albuquerque, NM (pop. 518,271)    20
    25. Saint Louis, MO (pop. 350,759)    24

    Rankings: "Small but Eventful"
    City rank
    1. Pasadena, CA
    2. Berkeley, CA
    3. Hartford, CN
    4. Cedar Rapids, IA
    5. New Haven, CN
    6. Syracuse, NY
    7. Ann Arbor, MI
    8. Gainesville, FL
    9. Charleston, SC
    10. Columbia, SC

    Rankings: Most Eventful Cities by Category
    Top cities for Wheelers & Dealers (The most conferences)
    City rank         Rank last year
    1. Los Angeles    1
    2. New York       3
    3. Phoenix        8
    4. San Francisco  4
    5. Atlanta        N/A

    Top cities for Night Crawlers (The most bar and club events)
    City rank           Rank last year
    1. Los Angeles, CA  2
    2. New York, NY     1
    3. Boston, MA       N/A
    4. Chicago, IL      7
    5. Detroit, MI      N/A

    Top cities for Music Lovers (The most music events)
    City rank           Rank last year
    1. New York, NY     3
    2. Branson, MO      N/A
    3. Chicago, IL      2
    4. Los Angeles, CA  1
    5. Seattle, WA      5

    Top cities for Pet Lovers (The most pet-related events)
    City rank           Rank last year
    1. Los Angeles, CA  2
    2. Phoenix, AZ      7
    3. New York, NY     4
    4. Dallas, TX       5
    5. San Diego, CA    1

    Top cities for Bookworms (The most literary events)
    City rank           Rank last year
    1. Los Angeles, CA  1
    2. New York, NY     7
    3. Seattle, WA      N/A
    4. Las Vegas, NV    N/A
    5. Chicago, IL      N/A

    Top cities for Singles (The most singles events)
    City rank             Rank last year
    1. New York, NY       1
    2. San Francisco, CA  2
    3. Los Angeles, CA    4
    4. Las Vegas, NV      9
    5. Philadelphia, PA   N/A