Universal City-based mun2, the bilingual, youth-oriented cable TV network, has ranked the top cities for young Latinos and Latinas, and the list is a bit of a shocker. Boston, a city usually associated with frost-bite and Puritanism, tops Los Angeles (ranked No. 6 overall), the most Spanish-speaking city north of Mexico City. Equally suprising is that Miami, the self-styled capital of Caribbean Latin America, didn't make the list at all.
So how did mun2 explain its ranking of Beantown as the No. 1 choice for young Latinos to "live, work, play and fall in love"? It has a lot to do with Boston's large population of singles, which is mainly due to its huge number of students attending the city's dozens of colleges and universities. According to mun2, citing U.S. census data, 40% of Boston's population is between 18 and 34. Boston also got high marks for diversity and low unemployment.
In remarks on its website, mun2 described Los Angeles this way: "One of the oldest 'Latino cities,' L.A. ranks high when it comes to income growth over time, and solidly when it comes to a high percentage of singles, low crime and opportunities for young entrepreneurs."
Updated at 6:32 p.m.: Jose Marquez, vice-president of Interactive Strategy for mun2, explains that the reason Miami wasn't included in the list is that the rankings included only those cities with populations greater than 500,000. Although metropolitan Miami has more than 5 million people, the city proper is about 400,000.
Here's the complete list:
4. New York
6. Los Angeles
9. San Diego
12. San Jose
13. San Antonio
14. El Paso
15. Las Vegas
-- Reed Johnson
Photo: mun2 personalities Yasmin Deliz, left, Yarel Ramos and Melissa "Crash" Barrera on the set. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times