Small town living comes out on top as Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” are revealed. Big cities hurl the difficulties of overcrowding, safety issues and huge costs, making them not so family friendly. To rank on the Money Magazine “Best Places to Live” list, a city must rank well in jobs, school quality, family safety, recreation and overall veneer. What cities make the list are the best of the best when it comes to America’s family-oriented communities.
Money Magazine ‘Best Places to Live’ – a sample
As a sneak peek at the full list of Money Magazine’s “Best Places to Live” for 2010, here are the five best places to live in The United States. Data provider Onboard Informatics provided CNN Money with stats on population size, median income, area sales tax and other categories to help within the decision-making process. Short term loan are typically used less frequently in cities on the list, as job availability and income levels tend to lead to the kind of financial stability that make short term loans and unsecured personal loans less essential.
1. Eden Prairie, Minn. (Pop. 64,000; Unemployment 5.1 percent)
Eden Prairie is first in large part because of its beautiful hills and access to multiple lakes. People love outdoor pastimes and schools rate highly on the quality scale. Unemployment is far below the national average and Eden Prairie’s AAA rating with Moody’s indicates the city’s overall financial health. With multiple major employers in town, it’s no wonder that Eden Prairie has as many as 50,000 jobs in town.
2. Columbia/Ellicott City, Md. (Pop. 155,000; 5.2 percent)
Great schools, housing residents can afford, a fantastic downtown area and population diversity are a few of Ellicott City’s key elements. Military and government employment through Fort Meade and also the National Security Agency presently provide the area with 8,000 jobs, and government has promised thousands more in the very near future. Baltimore and Washington D.C. are within commuting distance, where more job opportunities exist.
3. Newton, Mass. (Pop. 82,000; 6.0 percent)
Boston College and Newton-Wellesley Hospital are major employers within the area, and a great deal of public transportation is available, thanks to Newton’s proximity to the Greater Boston area. New England charm is a highlight of the grouping of 13 villages that make up Newton.
4. Bellevue, Wash. (Pop. 124,000; 5.8 percent)
Bellevue is a tech mecca, thanks to the presence of Microsoft, T-Mobile, Verizon and Expedia, among others. There are a plethora of culturally enriching entertainments and activities accessible, and also the forest containing the Bellevue skyline makes the city a beauty to behold, as does Lake Washington. While housing is far from cheap, everything else about Bellevue makes it a cinch for the Money Magazine “Best Places to Live” list.
5. McKinney, Texas (Pop. 125,000; 7.8 percent)
Visit downtown McKinney and also the well-preserved 19th century buildings are among the first things that hit you.And with employers like defense contractor Raytheon in town providing jobs, the have to drive an hour to Dallas for work is far from inevitable, even during the recession. When it comes to family fun, McKinney offers lots of parks and places to go hiking, which makes a big difference when it comes to overall quality of life.
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