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Yelp Analyzes Online Reviews and Identifies Top US Cities in Fitness, Food, Culture, and Nightlife

Online review site Yelp is a great tool for discovering great local businesses and for finding out where to go, eat, stay, hang out, check in, and be seen. It’s even more useful for travelers looking to explore an unfamiliar city or town. In fact, in a recent study by Nielsen, majority of respondents believed that Yelp is the most influential, most trustworthy, and highest-quality review site today (although a certain Italian restaurant in Richmond might dispute that claim.)

With this in mind, and with a wealth of consumer-generated business data and online reviews and ratings, Yelp partnered with Women’s Health magazine in order to determine the up-and-coming cities in America. The review site tracked and analyzed its 61 million reviews and came up with a list that showcases the top five cities in four different categories, namely: active lifestyle, food, culture, and nightlife.

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Here are the up-and-coming “social” cities, according to Yelp (the list also appears in the October 2014 issue of Women’s Health):

Active lifestyle / fitness 

1. Scottsdale, AZ

2. Jersey City, NJ

3. Ann Arbor, MI

4. Portland, OR

5. Charlotte, NC


1. Des Moines, IA

2. Rochester, NY

3. Oklahoma City, OK

4. Albuquerque, NM

5. Birmingham, AL


1. Austin, TX

2. Denver, CO

3. Raleigh, NC

4. Orlando, FL

5. San Diego, CA


1. Memphis, TN

2. Cleveland, OH

3. Pittsburgh, PA

4. Providence, RI

5. Seattle, WA

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Migs Bassig

Migs is the Content Manager for ReviewTrackers. He's a creative writer who has helped numerous companies communicate more effectively online, and he loves sharing his local marketing knowledge to help brands and business succeed.


  1. Amanda Eicher

    I found some of these cities very surprising. I am a Birmingham native myself and our food industry has definitely grown and can compete with some of the best in the country. I was mainly surprised by some of the night life choices. I would have expected some more major cities.