Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Where is the Best Place to Live in America?

Businessweek.com constructed a list of best cities in America based on series of analysis with the data obtained from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Sperling’s BestPlaces, GreatSchools, Onboard Informatics, RealtyTrac, Bloomberg, and the Trust for Public Land. The research scope is limited within America’s 100 largest cities.

Some might consider big cities such as New York or Los Angeles to be on the top of the list. The answer, however, showed otherwise. The best cities were selected based on a series of factors ranging from air quality, crime rates, education systems, and all the way to restaurants per capita. So what are the top five places to live in America?

No. 1 – Raleigh, North Carolina 

Approximately 378,000

School score – 74.4
Violent crime rate – 492.9
Unemployment rate – 6.9
Park acres per 1,000 residents – 30.8
Air quality index – 83

No. 2 – Arlington, Virginia 

Approximately 206,000

School score – 70.99
Violent crime rate – 492.9
Unemployment rate – 6.9
Park acres per 1,000 residents – 8.4
Air quality index – 91

No. 3 – Honolulu, Hawaii 

Approximately 374,000

School score – 72.72
Violent crime rate – 279.7
Unemployment rate – 5
Park acres per 1,000 residents – 6.7
Air quality index – 80

No. 4 – Scottsdale, Arizona 

Approximately 233,000

School score – 79.74
Violent crime rate – 171.5
Unemployment rate – 6.3
Park acres per 1,000 residents – 72.2
Air quality index – 103

No. 5 – Irvine, California 

Approximately 197,500

School score – 86.69
Violent crime rate – 70.9
Unemployment rate – 6.7
Park acres per 1,000 residents – 36.5
Air quality index – 98

Find out the rest of the rankings here at Bloomberg Businessweek.

Bloomberg Businessweek. July 18th, 2012 from http://images.businessweek.com/slideshows/20110920/america-s-50-best-cities#slide1


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