Which Major City is Best to Live In?

July 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

Which Major City is Best to Live In? - ForRent.com & Homes.comWhich Major City Is Best To Live In? 

  • My city is the best. No, mine is the best!
  • But, where is the best place to live in the U.S.?
  • And what makes the best city to live in … well, the best?
  • Weather? Cost of living? Crime rate?

America’s Best Cities – Bloomberg Newsweek

The  Best Cities list highlighted the Top 50 cities across the U.S. based upon a certain set of criteria such as the following:[1]

  • Infrastructure
    • Restaurants, bars, and museums
    • Libraries and professional sports teams
    • Number of park acres per 1,000 residents
  • Education
    • Performance of public schools
    • Percentage of population with bachelor’s degree
    • Number of colleges
  • Economic Factors
    • Median household income
    • Poverty
    • Unemployment
    • Foreclosure rates
  • Crime
    • Violent crimes
    • Property crimes

Four Cities Voted Best to Live In:

Raleigh, NC

With a population just less than 380,000, tiny Raleigh beat out four other cities for the top spot in the Business Week list: [2]

  • Arlington,VA
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Irvine, CA

According to Business Week’s 16 criteria,Raleighscores highest in 12 of them. [2]

  • Infrastructure[4]
    • Raleigh has 867 restaurants, 110 bars, 51 museums, 18 libraries, and one professional sports team [4]
    • Situated as the anchor point of the Research Triangle,Raleighhas 10 colleges, including Duke andNorth Carolina State [1], [2]
  • Education[4]
    • Public schools scored 74.4%
    • 47% of the population has a bachelor’s degree
  • Economic factors[1]
    • The median household income is $53,370
    • With 13.9% under the poverty level, 6.9% of the population is unemployed
    • The foreclosure rate is 0.0056%
  • Crime [1]
    • Violent crime rate is 492.9

Scottsdale, AZ

This wealthy suburb of Phoenix has a population of 233,105 and is in the No. 4 spot on the Business Week list. [3]

  • Infrastructure[1]
    • Scottsdale has 622 restaurants, 76 bars, 95 museums, 7 libraries, but no professional sports teams
  • Education [1]
    • Scottsdale has the second-highest ranking schools on the Business Week list
    • Public schools scored 79.74%
    • 50.5% of residents have a college degree
  • Economic factors[1], [2]
    • The median household income is $70,040
    • Foreclosure rate is .0208%
    • 6.9% of the population are below the poverty line
  • Crime [1]
    • Violent crime rate is 171.5

San Diego, CA

San Diego, CA is in the 7th spot. This city with “classically perfect weather” has a population of 1,307,402. [1], [6]

  • Infrastructure [1]
    • Although it only has 2 professional sports team,San Diego has 2,945 restaurants
    • 283 Bars and 199 Museums
    • Home to 54 libraries and 24 colleges
  • Education [1]
    • The school score was 70.79%
    • 40.6% of the population holds a college degree
  • Economic Factors [1],[6]
    • Median household income: $61,962
    • 14.1% live under poverty level
    • 8.9% are unemployed
    • Foreclosure rate .0139%
  • Crime [1]
    • Violent crime rate is 451.1

Austin, TX

Austin, TX is in the 12th best place to live, according to BusinessWeek list. [1]  This city of live music has a population of 747,984[1]

  • Infrastructure[4]
    • 1,818 restaurants
    • 209 Bars 8 colleges
    • 46 libraries and 0 professional sports teams
  • Education [1]
    • The school score was 71.89%
    • 43.5% of the population holds a college degree
  • Economic Factors [1]
    • Median household income: $50,236
    • 17.5% live under poverty level
    • 6.4% are unemployed
    • Foreclosure rate .0046%
  • Crime 
    • Violent crime rate is 523.3

 Rounding out the list in the number 45-50 position according to the Business Week list: [1]

  • Irving, TX
  • Phoenix,AZ
  • Oakland, CA
  • Tampa, FL
  • Winston-Salem, NC

 
Sources:

[1] http://images.businessweek.com/slideshows/20110920/america-s-50-best-cities

[2] http://finance.yahoo.com/news/pf_article_113528.html

[3] http://finance.yahoo.com/news/pf_article_113529.html

[4] http://www.newraleigh.com/articles/archive/raleigh-ranked-as-americas-best-city-by-bloomberg-businessweek

[5] http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06/0666000.html

 
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