After all, what's not to love? Crime is down, commerce is booming and Wall Street is going crazy (mostly in a positive sense). So much so, Manhattan and its boroughs have toppled the plinth of last year's winner: The Microsoft-and-mocha metropolis of Seattle.
If that gets West Coasters down, they can always emigrate — to Dublin, perhaps, which tops the European list; or Santiago, Fortune's Latin American Mecca. But with Rudy Giuliani almost certain to win reelection Tuesday, it looks as if nothing can stain the Big City's smile. Start spreading the news.