Raleigh, North Carolina, offers the best quality of life in America, according to a recent Portfolio.com/bizjournals study. But here’s a point worth noting. Those rankings were confined to major markets that have more than 750,000 residents.
What if you prefer to live somewhere smaller?
A companion study now provides the answer, proclaiming Boulder, Colorado, to be the quality-of-life leader among metropolitan areas with populations between 250,000 and 750,000. Portfolio.com and bizjournals compared 109 medium-sized markets in 20 statistical categories. The researchers used the same formula as in their earlier study, giving the highest scores to areas with healthy economies, moderate costs of living, light traffic, impressive housing stocks, and high-powered educational systems.
Portfolio.com and bizjournals based their quality-of-life rankings on data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2006-2008 American Community Survey, which was released late last year. (See details on methodology.)
The rest of the top 10 among medium-sized markets included four other cites in the western mountain states of Colorado (Fort Collins and Colorado Springs) and Utah (Provo and Ogden). Michigan had two cities in the list (Holland and Ann Arbor). And Wisconsin, Iowa, and New Hampshire each was represented with one market a piece (Madison, Des Moines, and Manchester, respectively).
Portfolio.com’s Editor J. Jennings Moss said, "This companion study of best mid-sized places to live can serve as a resource for those who are trying to start a business in new territories by identifying the categories that define the best qualities of living."
These were the top-10 mid-sized metros with the best quality of life:
1. Boulder, Colorado
2. Provo, Utah
3. Fort Collins, Colorado
4. Madison, Wisconsin
5. Ogden, Utah
6. Holland, Michigan
7. Colorado Springs, Colorado
8. Ann Arbor, Michigan
9. Des Moines, Iowa
10. Manchester, New Hampshire
Source: Portfolio.com (6/30/2010) Click here to Read more
Those of us lucky enough to live in this beautiful area are not surprised by these findings, and in fact, we welcome them. They only serve to fuel our economy, adding valuable jobs and boosting property values in the Boulder Valley. So, let the secret out of the bag…..BOULDER IS THE BEST!
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