05/01/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The Top Cities For Men: Chicago Is Best, LA Doesn't Make Top 10

The editorial team chose this year's best cities by applying a statistical formula to eight lifestyle categories (you'll find them listed within each city's profile), then evaluating the results in conjunction with some of the less tangible characteristics that make cities great cities. Of course, the ongoing global recession influenced the selection and ranking of the Top 29; criteria such as cost of living and economic stability carried greater weight than they might have in different circumstances, securing places for some surprising inclusions. Their spots didn't come at the expense of some classic favorites, however: cities like New York City and Paris have experienced an economic beating, but they still offer enough in the way of women, culture and entertainment to offset this.

In short, the cities on the list are diverse, but they all have one thing in common: They're great cities for men to live in.