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The Top 10 Best Places to live in the US

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SweetestOfPeas
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The Top 10 Best Places to live in the US

Americans are flocking to places that offer big-city opportunities and amenities -- with a lot more green space and a lot less stress. See the top 10 Great American Towns.

1. Fort Collins, CO

2. Naperville, IL

3. Sugar Land, TX

4. Columbia/Ellicott City, MD

5. Cary, NC

6. Overland Park, KS

7. Scottsdale, AZ

8. Boise, ID

9. Fairfield, CT

10. Eden Prairie, MN



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Posted 7/17/06 12:08 PM
 
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The ONLY one that looks interesting IMO is CT.
I love New England!

Posted 7/17/06 12:36 PM
 

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I just read that article in money mag...It's top ten small cities.

NYC was #10 on the top ten big cities

1. Colorado Springs, CO
2. Austin, TX
3. Mesa, AZ
4. Raleigh, NC
5. San Diego, CA
6. Virginia Beach, VA
7. Omaha, NE
8. Columbus, OH
9. Wichita, KS
10. NYC


**interesting thing about columbus...1/2 of the US population lives within 600 miles of Columbus...pretty central I guess

Posted 7/17/06 12:47 PM
 

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Some of those areas I know to be ritzy areas. Of course they made the list!

Now I want to live there too..Chat Icon

Posted 7/17/06 12:47 PM
 

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Re: The Top 10 Best Places to live in the US

Posted by lorich

The ONLY one that looks interesting IMO is CT.
I love New England!

yea, I'm not moving to Boise anytime soon! Chat Icon

Posted 7/17/06 1:07 PM
 

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naperville, il is actually really nice.... about 40 mins. from chicago to the southwest--- very kid friendly. DH and i are moving a suburb near that area this fall, b/c naperville real estate itself can be a little expensive for just starting families---

Posted 7/17/06 1:12 PM
 

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I know someone who lived in Boise for three years and was pretty much bored out of her skull. Chat Icon

Posted 7/17/06 1:14 PM
 

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Re: The Top 10 Best Places to live in the US

Posted by Ricki

I just read that article in money mag...It's top ten small cities.

NYC was #10 on the top ten big cities

1. Colorado Springs, CO
2. Austin, TX
3. Mesa, AZ
4. Raleigh, NC
5. San Diego, CA
6. Virginia Beach, VA
7. Omaha, NE
8. Columbus, OH
9. Wichita, KS
10. NYC


**interesting thing about columbus...1/2 of the US population lives within 600 miles of Columbus...pretty central I guess



OMG! I grew-up in Wichita, KS!! I can't wait to tell DH that my hometown (where we could have bought a mini-mansion for $350,000) was ranked in the same list as NYC. He'll never believe it (frankly, either do I). I wonder what the criteria for this list was...

Posted 7/17/06 1:32 PM
 

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Posted by SweetestOfPeas

Posted by lorich

The ONLY one that looks interesting IMO is CT.
I love New England!

yea, I'm not moving to Boise anytime soon! Chat Icon



From what I've heard, Boise is becoming quite a popular spot. I have a friend marrying a Boise-grown boy and they're considering moving back there!

Posted 7/17/06 1:41 PM
 

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interesting! thats link kept me busy for a while

thanks for posting!

Posted 7/17/06 1:47 PM
 

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Posted by MrsProfessor

I know someone who lived in Boise for three years and was pretty much bored out of her skull. Chat Icon




all I can picture is Napoleon Dynamite!

Posted 7/17/06 1:52 PM
 

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Posted by preshy7

interesting! thats link kept me busy for a while

thanks for posting!

Long Island is no where to be found (on any of those top lists), for the most part Chat Icon

Message edited 7/17/2006 1:54:47 PM.

Posted 7/17/06 1:54 PM
 

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Posted by Dragonfly75

OMG! I grew-up in Wichita, KS!! I can't wait to tell DH that my hometown (where we could have bought a mini-mansion for $350,000) was ranked in the same list as NYC. He'll never believe it (frankly, either do I). I wonder what the criteria for this list was...




the mag says:


start with population - 50-300K for small cities 300K+ for large cities

screen out retirement havens (50%+ over 50)

eliminate cities with low educational scores, high crime rates, absurdly high housing costs, declines in employment or income less than 90% the state median

remove bedroom communities and places where people identify themselves as being from a smaller locale within the area

rank the reamining on:
economic opportunity (income, job growth, quality of life, quality of public schools, arts and leisure, park space and stress related ailments, and ease of living gauges (commute times, divorce rates, population density and weather)

limit counties to one city each unless city #2 has more than 75K in population and a distinct identity

more data on job markets, housing prices, schools, ambience, weather, and taxes. Interview school board, residents an community leaders by phone

visit and do more interviews - assess congestion, natural surroundings the vibrancy of town centers and sense of community

all data 2005

Posted 7/17/06 1:59 PM
 

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Posted by SweetestOfPeas
Long Island is no where to be found (on any of those top lists), for the most part Chat Icon




I think they would have had to pick one town in LI...that in itself would be hard! And I think LI is eliminated b/c only a few places are over 50K in population

Posted 7/17/06 2:00 PM
 

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Re: The Top 10 Best Places to live in the US

Posted by Ricki

Posted by SweetestOfPeas
Long Island is no where to be found (on any of those top lists), for the most part Chat Icon




I think they would have had to pick one town in LI...that in itself would be hard! And I think LI is eliminated b/c only a few places are over 50K in population


that's why they typically refer to an area around here as Nassau/Suffolk. I don't know of anywhere else in the country that has towns as small as on LI. there are so many municipalities (another contribution to the high taxes here!)

Posted 7/17/06 2:06 PM
 

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Re: The Top 10 Best Places to live in the US

Posted by Ricki

I just read that article in money mag...It's top ten small cities.

NYC was #10 on the top ten big cities

1. Colorado Springs, CO
2. Austin, TX
3. Mesa, AZ
4. Raleigh, NC
5. San Diego, CA
6. Virginia Beach, VA
7. Omaha, NE
8. Columbus, OH
9. Wichita, KS
10. NYC


**interesting thing about columbus...1/2 of the US population lives within 600 miles of Columbus...pretty central I guess



Hmm... I was looking at house prices in Columbus the other day out of curiousity (my company has offices there) and you can get a REALLY NICE house for 150K! Maybe we should move there...

Posted 7/17/06 2:16 PM
 
 

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