Brad Choat

TORONTO (KMOX) – The home of the Little League World Series, Williamsport Pennsylvania, is the U.S. city most likely to land Santa Claus’s workshop, should St. Nick ever decide to leave the North Pole.

That’s according to rankings just released by the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto.

Director Jim Millway says St. Louis placed tenth.

Millway says St. Louis was in the top third in all five categories considered, “St. Louis made the top ten in the U.S., just behind Billings, Montana and just ahead of Akron, Ohio.”

He says surveyors took into consideration a town’s proximity to: cookie makers, milk manufacturers, department stores, toy makers, and mailing facilities, “I suspect that because of your central location in the U.S., you’ve got a lot of mail depots and courier depots. That’s where St. Louis did best, followed by cookies and toys.”

Researchers combed over U.S. Census data and other government figures to come up with the rankings.

Two Illinois cities, Peoria and Rockford, came in second and third, respectively.

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