With politicians and business leaders eager to get the U.S. economy back in motion, the path back to normalcy following the COVID-19 pandemic is paramount for many major cities. A recent research report provided some insight on what cities have the easiest and toughest roads to recovery. Based on the cities included in the list of 100 biggest metropolitan areas in the U.S., the report was produced by Moody's Analytics and lists the top 10 cities for each metric. The 10 best poised for recover were, in alphabetical order: Boise; Denver; Durham, North Carolina; Madison, Wisconsin; Provo, Utah; Raleigh, North Carolina; Salt Lake City; San Jose; Tuscon; and Washington, D.C. The ones poised to have the most difficulty were, also alphabetically: Detroit; Honolulu; Los Angeles; McAllen, Texas; Miami, New Haven; New York City; Philadelphia; Stockton, California; and Tampa.
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The high contagiousness of COVID-19 means among the first places in the United States that might see the quickest post-pandemic economic recoveries from the ongoing recession will be less densely populated cities with highly-educated workforces. This assessment of the new economic realities that will fully manifest in 2021 was made in a report by Moody's Analytics, which examined the top 100 metro areas in the U.S. The report found out that educational attainment and a city's population density will be the two key factors determining how fast a city can recover from the immense economic ravages wrought by the pandemic. The two factors combine perfectly in Durham, North Carolina (population: 275.000), "Some of the places that we're really looking at now would be places that have high degrees of educational attainment but are lower density ... [that] have grown very, very well over the last five or six years in particular, are pretty well positioned coming out of this whenever we do," wrote Adam Kamins, senior regional economist at Moody's Analytics, in the report, Yahoo noted. "You could see possibly where we get in a situation four or five years down the road where the pool of available first year workers that have recently graduated colleges is less than usual." Apart from Durham, these fortunate few by Moody's Analytics standards include Austin, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Des Moines, Iowa; Madison, Wisconsin; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Omaha, Nebraska; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Jose, California; Seattle, Washington; and Washington D.C. Kamins said the most dynamic recoveries might well bypass traditional big city powerhouses and instead take place in areas that weren't poised to lead the way before the coronavirus changed everything.