What is the best place to live in the US, in terms of job and quality of life for your family?
I am looking at the best place to live for me and my family in the US. I work for one of the lagest IT companies and, in order to maintain my managerial role at such senior level, I understand I am short listed when it comes to where I should be living, from a careeer perspective. However, I am also looking for a good quality and standard of living for my family (neighborhood, schools, etc.). We currently looking at the Washington DC area, but this may not be the best location to relocate to. I understand this is a very subjective topic, but I am looking for some guidelines on where (or what) I should be looking, in order to base my opinion upon, before I can make my decision. I thank you in advance for your kind attention and precious advise.
Asked By: piccozzim - 1/5/2007
And the winners are...I'm from the midwest but have lived in California, Arizona, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Carolina..plus I've had jobs where I traveled a lot..
So where are Americans flocking to? Places that offer big-city opportunities and amenities -- with a lot more green space, good jobs, great quality of living, and a lot less stress. Here are the top 10 Great American Towns of 2006, according to Money Magazine:
1. Fort Collins, CO (if you don't mind the cold)
2. Naperville, IL (Visited quite a bit; cold: suburb of Chicago; long winters)
3. Sugar Land, TX (good climate; near Houston)
4. Columbia/Ellicott City, MD (cold; near Baltimore and Bethesda MD)
5. Cary, NC (Lived here-mild climate, near Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Research Triangle Park)
6. Overland Park, KS (cold; near Kansas City)
7. Scottsdale, AZ (Worked here-and lived in Phoenix; 120 in the summer; missed the trees; nice folks)
8. Boise, ID (cold)
9. Fairfield, CT (Visited here a lot-very cold; not a friendly place)
10. Eden Prairie, MN (Worked near here and lived in Mpls-lots of snow & cold, but gorgeous place, nice people)
How'd Money come up with these cities?
They narrowed down the list to 201 small cities, and ranked the remaining places based on what matters most: A Money/ICR poll of 1,005 Americans found that ample *job opportunities*, *good schools*, and *low crime* are the most important characteristics people look for in a place to live. Meanwhile, the most disliked attributes are congestion, high crime, and lack of job opportunities. Using this information, they ranked places using 38 quality-of-life indicators and 6 economic opportunity measures in the following categories: Ease of Living, Health, Education, Crime, Park space, Arts and Leisure...
Best Big Cities (Top Ten):
Mesa, Az (suburb of Phoenix)
San Diego, Ca
Virginia Beach, Va
New York City
Answered By: edith clarke - 1/5/2007