Rockville, Frederick, Towson Among 100 Most Livable Mid-Size Cities

Madison, Wis.; Rochester, Minn., and Arlington, Va., are the three most livable mid-size cities in America, according to a listing by Livability.com. More than 30 states, from coast to coast, are represented in Livability’s annual top 100 cities listing.

 

“Any of these cities would be a great place to live,” says Matt Carmichael, Livability’s editor.

 

More than 2,000 cities, with population between 20,000 and 350,000, were evaluated in this study, conducted by Livability, in partnership with the Martin Prosperity Institute of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

 

The rankings are based on eight criteria – economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care. The eight scores were weighted, based on a survey by Ipsos Public Affairs, a market research firm. Respondents were asked about factors that make their communities better places to live, as well as the factors they would consider in selecting another city.

 

Public and private data were gathered from organizations like the U.S. Census Bureau, Walk Score, GreatSchools.com and Esri.

 

Here are some of Livability’s 100 most livable mid-size cities in America,

 

Rank City, State Livability Score Population Median Household Income
#3 Arlington, VA. 680 209,077 $102,459
#12 Asheville, N.C. 663 83,796 $42,333
#19 Rockville, MD. 655 60,960 $97,667
#29 Durham, N.C. 644 229,963 $48,241
#32 Frederick, MD. 637 65,171 $65,328
#36 Sandy Springs, GA. 635 94,816 $65,353
#38 Miami Beach, FL. 634 88,628 $43,321
#39 Quincy, MA. 634 92,078 $60,659
#40 Cambridge, MA. 633 105,026 $72,225
#42 Towson, MD. 632 55,811 $74,287
#62 Chapel Hill, N.C. 624 57,088 $59,793
#63 Alexandria, VA. 624 140,337 $83,996
#64 North Bethesda, MD. 624 42,894 $100,181
#67 White Plains, N.Y. 622 56,768 $75,254
#71 Tampa, FL. 620 339,391 $43,514
#72 Silver Spring, MD. 620 74,476 $72,954
#81 Stamford, CT. 617 122,878 $76,797
#84 Denton, TX. 613 115,098 $47,598
#86 Orlando FL. 612 240,185 $42,418
#91 Greensboro, N.C. 609 270,619 $41,556
#93 Richardson, TX. 609 100,057 $68,806
#94 Tysons Corner, VA. 608 20,118 $104,718
#97 Framingham, MA. 607 68,689 $68,906
#99 Brookline, MA. 606 58,634 $95,471
#100 Coral Gables, FL. 606 47,285 $85,183

 

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