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|
|#36||Sandy Springs, GA.||635||94,816||$65,353|
|#38||Miami Beach, FL.||634||88,628||$43,321|
|#62||Chapel Hill, N.C.||624||57,088||$59,793|
|#64||North Bethesda, MD.||624||42,894||$100,181|
|#67||White Plains, N.Y.||622||56,768||$75,254|
|#72||Silver Spring, MD.||620||74,476||$72,954|
|#94||Tysons Corner, VA.||608||20,118||$104,718|
|#100||Coral Gables, FL.||606||47,285||$85,183|
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