Since when are the boroughs of New York City considered separate cities? Apparently, Forbes magazine believes they are synonymous even though they were consolidated to form the current city boundary in 1898. In its 2015 rankings of “the best cities for millennials right now,” the magazine included the boroughs of Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens separately in the rankings, plus a listing for New York City overall, as well.
To this planner and reader, such a ranking format is the equivalent of ranking Georgetown separate from Washington; Back Bay separate from Boston; Wicker Park separate from Chicago; or Nob Hill separate from San Francisco. Essentially, it skews the results to favor New York City over other cities across the country. Given that New York City got four separate listings, there are three other American cities that could have been included in the rankings, but were instead left out in the cold.
I have no problem with separate independent suburbs being included as they each have their own attributes, but ranking parts of a city (boroughs, neighborhoods, districts, etc) is not the same as ranking the city as a whole. Suburbs such as Jersey City, Alexandria, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara are among those incorporated into the list.
City rankings often get a wary eye from readers – with examples such as this, is it any wonder why? Am I wrong here? Please feel free to pass along your thoughts.