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    Birmingham, Alabama


    Nestled at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains at the cross-section of two major railroads, the city was once the primary industrial center of the southern United States. At the height of the nation’s manufacturing age, the city grew so fast in population, it was called the “Magic City.” Today, Birmingham has transformed itself into a medical research, banking and service-based economy, making it one of the nation’s most livable cities with a vibrant downtown, a burgeoning loft community, a world-class culinary scene and more green space per capita than any other city in the nation.

    City Facts:

    • Population: 212,572 (city) 1.1 million (metropolitan)
    • Median Age: 36.1
    • County: Jefferson County 
    • Average Temperature: 63.3ºF

    City Highlights:

    • The city is home to James Beard Foundation Award winners and nominees.
    • The University of Alabama at Birmingham’s University Hospital is among the world’s top kidney transplant centers.
    • Birmingham has one of the “ Top Ten Bars Worth Flying To,” according to GQ magazine. The article lists the top ten bars in the world, among them " The Garage" in Birmingham for its eclectic, authentic charm.
    • TIME magazine named Birmingham’s Sidewalk Film Festival among its choices of “Film Festivals for the Rest of Us.”
    • Birmingham’s Civil Rights District is considered to be ground zero for the American Civil Rights Movement. Learn about the difficult turning points that finally brought civil rights to America by visiting the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.
    • Displaying more than 1,300 vintage and modern motorcycles and racecars and the largest collection of Lotus cars, Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum houses the largest collection of its kind in the world being named the world’s largest motorcycle museum by Guinness World Records. The adjacent Barber Motorsports Park has been called by NBC Sports the “Augusta of Motorsports," referring to the quality of the world-class course and home of the PorscheSport Driving School.
    • Birmingham’s Ruffner Mountain is the third largest urban nature preserve in the country.
    • Vulcan, the mythical god of metalworking, is the largest cast iron statue in the world and is second in size only to the Statue of Liberty. The statue was Birmingham’s entry into the 1904 World’s Fair, where it won first place.
    • Birmingham is the only place in the world where all the ingredients for making iron are present: coal, iron ore and limestone – all within a ten-mile radius.
    • Forbes’ annual America’s Most Affordable Cities list named Birmingham as the #1 most affordable city in 2015.

    Cincinnati, Ohio


    Along the banks of the Ohio River and tucked amid rolling hills that are home to its historic and eclectic neighborhoods, Cincinnati is a major Midwestern hub of commerce, art, family attractions, and entertainment. Settled primarily by Germans in the 19th century, Cincinnati’s annual Oktoberfest celebration (held, oddly enough, in September) is the largest in the nation and the second largest in the world after Munich with over 500,000 visitors.

    City Facts:

    • Population: 296,550
    • Median Age: 32.4
    • County: Hamilton County 
    • Average Temperature: 53.3ºF

    *2010 Census

    City Highlights

    • The Cincinnati Red Stockings (later the Reds) became the first professional baseball team in 1869 with a total of 10 players. They were also the first team to travel to another city by airplane. As the first baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds always open the season at home. The Reds have won five World Series, 10 pennants and 15 playoff appearances.
    • The first man to walk on the moon was Cincinnati native Neil Armstrong, putting the city on the intergalactic map forever.
    • The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra is one of the oldest orchestras in the country. Built in 1878, and considered one of the most beautiful concert theaters in the world, Music Hall is home to the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra, Cincinnati Opera and Cincinnati Ballet. Broadway musicals are first run at the Arnoff Center and a variety of shows are offered at  Playhouse in the Park.  For those interested in visual arts, the Cincinnati Art Museum and Contemporary Art Museum display thousands of works.
    • Cincinnati has an energetic nightlife. The Banks, located on the Ohio riverfront between Paul Brown Stadium ( Bengals) and Great American Ball Park (Reds), is a brand new mixed-use development. Over the past decade, local and federal governments have invested over $2 billion in the redevelopment of Cincinnati’s Central Riverfront. Another up and coming area is Over-the-Rhine (OTR), believed to be the largest, most intact urban historic district in the United States. The east side of downtown is home to  Cincinnati’s first casino, Horseshoe Cincinnati, a Caesars Entertainment affiliate.  
    • Cincinnati-style chili is well known and loved all across the country. According to Cincinnati USA, more than 140 chili restaurants can be found here. Because of their love for chili, Cincinnatians consume more than two million pounds of their favorite food each year topped with 850,000 pounds of shredded cheddar cheese. Chili restaurant Camp Washington Chili won an “American RegionalClassic” James Beard Foundation Award and CBS News named it the best chili in the entire country. The eatery was also recently featured on The Travel Channel.
    • Finish off your chili meal with Graeter’s ice cream. Graeter’s Ice Cream was founded here in 1870 and is still a local favorite for handmade treats and baked goods. Today, Graeter’s is run by the three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren of the original owner, Louis Graeter. They still use the same recipes and methods.
    • Opened in 1875, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is the second oldest zoo in the U.S.
    • Forbes ranked Cincinnati as the 5th most affordable city in the U.S. in 2015. 
    • Cincinnati is home to The Reds (MLB), The Bengals (NFL), and The Cyclones (ECHL) as well as the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, The Xavier Musketeers, and The Northern Kentucky University Norse.

    Chicago, Illinois


    Sitting on the shores of Lake Michigan, resting on a continental divide and located near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River, it’s no surprise that Chicago, Illinois, was established as a water transit hub. The city evolved and today is the third most populous city in the U.S. and is an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications and transportation.

    Protective has offices in Elginand Bannockburn, Illinois. Elgin offers bustling suburban living and is located 35 miles northwest of Chicago. The village of Bannockburn is a North Shore community located approximately 30 miles north of Chicago and four miles west of Lake Michigan.

    City Facts:

    • Population: 2.7 million
    • Median Age: 33.1
    • County: Cook 
    • Average Temperature: 51.2ºF

    *2012 Census

    City Highlights

    • The Great Chicago Fire raged from October 8th to 9th, 1871.  It destroyed 3.5 square miles of the city, killing almost 300 people.  The fire lasted 27 hours and destroyed 17,450 buildings.  On October 7, 1997, the Chicago City Council approved a resolution which absolved Mrs. O’Leary’s cow of all blame for the Great Chicago Fire.
    • Originally called the Chicago Municipal Airport, Midway Airport opened in 1927.  It was renamed in 1949 to honor the Battle of Midway in WWII.  Midway was the world’s busiest airport until 1959.
    • Tribune Tower, home of the Chicago Tribune newspaper, has exterior walls that are embedded with authentic pieces of famous buildings including Westminster Abbey, the Alamo, Hamlet’s castle, the Great Pyramid, the Taj Mahal, Fort Sumter, the Parthenon, the Great Wall of China, and the Arc de Triomphe.
    • The Taste of Chicago is the world’s largest free outdoor food festival, which showcases the diversity of Chicago’s dining community. Over 1 million people attend the 5-day food and music-filled event. Every summer since 1980, Grant Park on the lakefront has been home to the nation’s premier food festival.
    • Chicago is home to the Lincoln Park Zoo, which is one of the last remaining zoos with free admission. 
    • Chicago has 29 miles of lake frontage and 15 miles of public beach.
    • The Chicago River is always dyed green on St. Patrick’s Day and is the only river in the world that flows backwards.
    • The Art Institute of Chicago holds the largest collection of Impressionist paintings outside the Louvre in Paris and was named the #1 Museum in the World by Tripadvisor.
    • Famous firsts from the 1893 World’s Columbia Exposition in Chicago:
      • Aunt Jemima Syrup
      • Cracker Jacks
      • Diet Carbonated Soda
      • Pabst Beer
      • The hamburger was introduced to the United States
      • The US Postal Service produced its first commemorative stamp
      • The first Ferris wheel made its debut

    St. Louis, Missouri

    St. Louis

    St. Louis, located in east central Missouri on the Mississippi River, is the second-largest city in the state. Incorporated as a city in 1822, St. Louis prospered as a fur trading center and, due to its prime location on the Mississippi, quickly became a major transportation hub with the development of steamboat traffic and the later expansion of the railroads in the 1850’s. Today, St. Louis remains one of America's top cities. The city is one of the world's beer capitals, with Anheuser-Busch Breweries headquartered there.

    City Facts:

    • Population: 318,172*
    • Median Age: 34.0
    • County:St. Louis 
    • Average Temperature: 56.3ºF

    *2012 Census

    City Highlights

    • St. Louis offers more free, major visitor attractions than anyplace outside of the nation's capital. These include the Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Zoo, Cahokia Mounds, St. Louis Science Center, Missouri History Museum, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, and Grant's Farm, prep school for the Anheuser-Busch Clydesdale horses.*
    • The ice cream cone was invented at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 when an ice cream vendor ran out of cups and asked a waffle vendor to help by rolling up waffles to hold ice cream.
    • St. Louis is one of the first U.S. cities to host an underground restaurant, a gourmet meal prepared by local or visiting renowned chefs, in unusual locations, like a farmer’s field, warehouse, or bridge, that pop up for a short time then go away. That trend has given way to national supper clubs, called Dinner Lab.
    • Anheuser-Busch brewery in St. Louis is the largest beer producing plant in the nation.
    • St. Louis hosts the oldest and most well-attended free hot-air balloon event in the world.
    • St. Louis is home to three professional sports teams: St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, and the St. Louis Rams.
    • The nation’s top family attraction with the most child appeal, as named by Zagat, is located in a Victorian mansion and was founded by Barbie in 1979.
    • As part of the Soulard neighborhood Mardi Gras festivities, the Beggin’ Barkus Pet Parade is recognized by Purina as the largest pet parade in North America. Also a local favorite during Mardi Gras, is the Weiner Dog Derby– dachshunds competing in three categories: Cocktail Weenies, Ballpark Franks and Hot Dogs, for the title of fastest Weenie.
    • St. Louis’ annual Big Muddy Blues Festival, takes place very Labor Day weekend on Laclede’s Landing, a historic district along the Mississippi River. National and local bands perform Blues, soul, R&B, rockabilly, gospel and jazz on multiple outdoor stages during the two-day event.  
    • The grounds that once hosted the 1904 World’s Fair welcome fairgoers for the annual St. Louis Fair.*
    • St. Louisans consume more barbecue sauce per capita than any other city in America.*

    * http://awesomeamerica.com/missouri/

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    • Brentwood, TN
    • Portsmouth, NH
    • Denver, CO
    • Fort Lauderdale, FL