[New York, the city that spawned it all, tops the list, followed by Tallahassee.]
“Clearly, Occupy has had little trouble in catching on. But given the movement’s goals and characteristics, data suggest that some cities are particularly appropriate places for the Occupy movement to take hold. These metro areas have large proportions of younger adults—arguably the driving force behind the Occupy movement—as well as high income inequality and strong ties to the finance industry—both of which are key issues taken up by occupiers.
According to Census data, the metropolitan areas that best exemplify these traits include some of the Occupy movement’s biggest hotspots: New York City, San Francisco, and Boston„ for example. But the list also includes a few smaller metropolitan areas, whose young populations and large workforces in finance, insurance, and real estate also put them among Occupy’s more prominent centers of action. Charlotte, N.C., is home to Bank of America’s headquarters. Tallahassee, meanwhile, has a very young population and high inequality.