Is Poughkeepsie, N.Y., the best place to trick-or-treat tonight?

October 31, 2013

(Source: Martin Prosperity Institute.)

What’s the best metro area for Halloween? The one with the most kids and the best conditions for them to trick-or-treat, of course.

For the third year, the urban think tank the Martin Prosperity Institute and Atlantic Cities published their Halloween Index for 2013. Poughkeepsie, N.Y., tops the list, followed by Chicago and Trenton, N.J.

MPI, a part of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, calculates each city’s ranking based on the number of candy and costume-rental stores per capita, the number of kids ages 5 to 14, the metro’s population density and the median income there. Eighteen states are represented in the top 25 metros. Bridgeport, Conn., came in fourth and San Jose, Calif., in fifth. Check out the full list over at MPI.

Niraj Chokshi reports for GovBeat, The Post's state and local policy blog.
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