Money mag­a­zine names best place to re­side in each state

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - People On The Move - By Betsy Mikel |

Look­ing to move to a place where your money will go fur­ther? Though ev­ery­one’s list has dif­fer­ent must-haves, many grav­i­tate to­ward places with healthy economies, a rea­son­able cost of liv­ing and hous­ing they can af­ford. Low crime, good schools and not ter­ri­ble weather are also im­por­tant. So are di­ver­sity, job op­por­tu­ni­ties and ac­cess to qual­ity health care. And, there should be plenty to do in your off-hours.

That may be a lot to ask of a place to live, but there are many small cities and towns that make the grade.

At the end of ev­ery year, Money mag­a­zine ranks the best places to live in the United States, and Frisco, Texas, came out on top for 2018. This year, Money also culled through the data to select the best place to live in each of the 50 states.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, big cities with as­tro­nom­i­cally high costs of liv­ing such as San Fran­cisco and New York did not make the list.

Betsy Mikel is the owner of Aveck, a con­tent con­sul­tancy.

De­ter­min­ing which cities rose to the top

Money con­sid­ered 70 data points to cu­rate the list. To nar­row down the list to de­sir­able places to live, Money got rid of any place that had a crime rate that was dou­ble the na­tional av­er­age, lacked eth­nic di­ver­sity or had in­comes 83 per­cent less than the state’s na­tional av­er­age.

The high­est weighted fac­tors were eco­nomic health, pub­lic school per­for­mance and lo­cal ameni­ties, in­clud­ing the num­ber of health-care fa­cil­i­ties and leisure ac­tiv­i­ties such as din­ing, cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions and green spa­ces. Sec­ondary fac­tors were hous­ing, cost of liv­ing and di­ver­sity.

Money also sent re­porters to each place to check it out and gather anec­do­tal and less tan­gi­ble data about the perks of liv­ing there. Madi­son, Wis­con­sin

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