Indicators: Feb. 28, 2000

LEARNING MECCAS The top metro areas for educational opportunity, judged by such criteria as pupils per classroom and college-level continuing-education courses

1 Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill 2 Boston 3 Albany-Schenectady-Troy 4 St. Louis 5 Chicago 6 Rochester 7 Austin 8 San Francisco 9 Washington 10 Dayton-Springfield 11 Portland 12 Cincinnati 13 Des Moines 14 Kansas City 15 Milwaukee-Waukesha

Source: Places Rated Almanac

GOVERNMENT More than half of Americans say they trust their local government but think it can do better. They remain troubled by their inability to reach the proper channels for information on services

--What is the most frustrating thing about dealing...

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