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Feeling hemmed-in these days? Would a bit more elbow room - say, 10 square miles all to yourself - improve your outlook? Then you might want to consider relocating to Loving County, Texas, the least-crowded in the state and one of the two least-populated in the US, according to the 2000 census. Population: 67. OK, it's arid, wind-swept, has only one town (Mentone), and actually lost 40 residents since the 1990 census. But that doesn't mean it has no appeal to outsiders. In fact, just three years ago a newcomer arrived and found immediate employment as deputy county clerk.

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At the other extreme is Singapore. The small Southeast Asian city-state - a fashionable address because it's so affluent - has a population density of 16,607 per square mile. Still, on top of the 4.1 million folks already there, planners say it could fit another 1.5 million with a few tradeoffs ... such as no more private golf courses.

One mark of a top airline: its chocolate-chip cookies

Midwest Express and Singapore were voted the best airlines all-around by 31,500 frequent flyers in a survey conducted by Zagat, a major publisher of consumer guides. Airlines were assessed on comfort, service, and food. Milwaukee-based Midwest Express won praise for its business-class seats sold at coach prices, chocolate-chip cookies, and china dishware. Singapore, Cathay Pacific, and Japan airlines were lauded for their entertainment systems and good food. The top picks:

Domestic (economy)

1. Midwest Express

2. JetBlue

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3. Alaska Airlines

4. Midway

5. National

International (economy)

1. Singapore Airlines

2. Cathay Pacific

3. JAL (Japan Airlines)

4. Virgin Atlantic

5. Swissair

- Business Wire

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