Money magazine names best place to reside in each state
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