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December 17, 2008

THE NEW 2008 ‘MOST EVENTFUL CITIES’ RANKINGS WILL SURPRISE

Pasadena Beats Music-Mad College Towns in New ‘Small but Eventful’ Category Amongst Other Unexpected Discoveries

San Diego, December 17, 2008 – Eventful - the leading source for local events - today 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. Eventful derives the rankings from its database of local events, which contains the world’s largest selection of information on what’s happening in cities throughout the world. The report provides a unique insight into the character of U.S. cities and the interests and activities of their residents, with some interesting and unexpected results.

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.”

With approximately eight million events to choose from, Eventful helps active people throughout the world discover, share and create events ranging from concerts to singles events to kids’ activities to community happenings. Eventful users can promote their events on Eventful for free and choose from an assortment of tools to advertise their events on other Web sites and social networks. The 8 million members of Eventful’s user community now have the opportunity to connect both on and offline by sharing their common interests through local events.

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

For complete statistics, see: http://blog.eventful.com.

About Eventful Inc.
San Diego-based Eventful, Inc. provides the leading service for discovering, sharing, promoting and creating local events throughout the world. Eventful’s community of users enjoy the world’s largest selection of local events taking place in markets across the globe, from concerts and sports to singles events and political rallies. Eventful provides multi-platform services to its users via www.eventful.com, email programs, mobile applications and content distributed through widgets and apps. Eventful’s unique Demand service empowers consumers to influence where their favorite performers appear. Over 50,000 performers use Eventful Demand to connect with their fans and determine where to tour. Visit Eventful at http://www.eventful.com.

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Posted by at December 17, 2008 09:00 AM