I have a good friend who is from just outside Peoria, Illinois who says that Peoria has historically been known as "America's Test Market" for new products, ad campaigns, theater productions, etc. because it was thought to have been the most "normal" or "average" American city.
My question to teh Throbbing Brain: what is the most "normal" or "average" city for your country (especially the U.S., but I'd like non-U.S. Cyburbians to participate as well), encompassing how well they reflect the national averages or national norms in every category, equally weighted, including but not limited to:
- local economics/business climate
- political persuasions/divisions
- cultural convergence (trends, low and high culture)
- demographic makeup
- cost of living
- built environment
- level of public safety/crime
Statistically finding the one closest to the aggregate median of things like cost of living and demographics would be easy, if time-consuming, hence the added qualitative categories like cultural convergence, built environment, and any other similar issues you all come up with.
Note: Please do not include separately incorporated suburban communities, as they are often bland anyways. Instead, consider a central city and it's metro area together.
Also, no polls. Sorry. I want to hear people's arguments on why they believe their pick is the one.