Santa ClausThere’s been a lot of talk this year of companies threatening to leave Illinois. So, at the end of the year, it's time for some fun: Illinois could attract the worldwide headquarters of Santa Claus.

In a holiday-minded attention-getter, the University of Toronto’s Martin Prosperity Institute has used real research to imagine the top cities where Santa Claus could move.

Peoria and Rockford finished No. 2 and No. 3 among U. S. cities on the list. The No. 1 city was Williamsport, Pa.; and St. Louis was 10th in the U.S. rankings.
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Study co-author Kevin Stolarick, the institute’s research director, says the report takes into account the numbers per capita of the following: dairies, toy factories, cookie factories, department stores; and letter carriers.

Climate and transportation were not considered.

Stolarick was born in Waukegan and raised in the Quad Cities, though he says the numbers are objective.

U. S. and Canada combined:

 U. S. only: