The best cities. The top states. Nearly every day there's a new list showing how this region or that metro is the best or worst at something--as if geography has anything to do with it.
Ok, sometimes--but only rarely--does geography have anything to do with it. Geography, for example, has a lot to do with how much people spend on winter coats, how often they attend a rodeo, and how many pink flamingoes dot their yard.
Otherwise, it's the demographics--not the geographics--that make the difference.