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The 20 Best Cities for Trick-or-Treating


Whether you have kids or not, you're probably going to come across some trick-or-treaters on Sunday. But not all cities are created equal in the candy-giving (and getting) department, according to Richard Florida's " Trick-or-Treater Index" in the Daily Beast.

The index is based on five criteria: the percentage of children ages 5 to 14, for obvious reasons; median household income, because more money = more candy; the share of people who walk to work, because it's easier to trick-or-treat in neighborhoods that are walkable; population density, which tells you where there are the most people around to fork over candy corn; and the prevalence of artists, designers and other cultural creatives, since those types tend to get more into the Halloween spirit. The index looked at every major U.S. metro area -- both cities and suburbs.

So now, find out which trick-or-treaters will get the best return on their costume investment this Halloween weekend.

The 20 Best Cities for Trick or Treating

1. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT
2. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA
3. New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA
4. Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI
5. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
6. Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH
7. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI
8. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
9. Trenton-Ewing, NJ
10. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD
11. San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA
12. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA
13. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
14. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
15. Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA
16. Lancaster, PA
17. Ann Arbor, MI
18. Honolulu, HI
19. Boulder, CO
20. Baltimore, MD

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