Third-annual List Ranks America’s Best Places to Live, Work & Play
Livability.com has released its third-annual Top 100 Best Places to Live list. The 2016 edition features a new No. 1 city and updated rankings, which are the culmination of months-long exclusive research into what factors most influence the livability of America’s small to mid-sized cities. More than 30 states are represented, from coast to coast.
The list is an exclusive, independent, editorial ranking by Livability.com. This year we are proud to have collaborated with world-renowned urbanist Richard Florida and assistant clinical professor Steven Pedigo from the Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities at NYU School of Professional Studies, our new data partners EMSI and our stellar board of advisors in shaping our methodology and the framework by which we rank the cities.
“Each of these cities is a great place to live,” says Matt Carmichael, editor of Livability.com. “Not every city is perfect for everyone, of course, but these are the top 5 percent, and somewhere in the Top 100, you’ll find a great fit to call your best place.”
More than 2,100 cities (with populations between 20,000 and 350,000) were evaluated in this landmark study. We analyzed more than 40 data points that were then grouped into eight categories: economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education, and health care. The eight scores were weighted based on an exclusive survey conducted for Livability.com by Ipsos Public Affairs, a leading global 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. Sources included the best public and private data available from organizations like the U.S. Census Bureau, Walk Score, GreatSchools.com and Esri.
The research team was supported by an advisory board of the leading academics, authors, policy makers and practitioners in the places space.
“This is a great time to study livability,” Carmichael says. “Cities large and small are renewing their focus on improving the day-to-day lives of residents through better transportation, more vibrant downtowns, affordability and accessibility for a range of residents. As a site that covers these issues each day, we take special pride in recognizing the cities that are achieving these goals as the best of the best.”
The top 100 cities are featured on Livability.com, along with their LivScore and information about the qualities and amenities that helped them make the list.
Livability.com explores what makes small to mid-sized cities great places to live, work and visit. We examine issues related to livability such as walkability, cultural amenities, transportation, urban planning, and sustainability through exclusive research and discussions on our blog. We celebrate the accomplishments of these cities through our monthly top 10 lists, our annual ranking of livable cities, our rich photography and conversations with readers in social media. Livability.com is a division of Journal Communications, Inc.
About the Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities:
The NYU School of Professional Studies Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities was created to address the issues surrounding the growth of cities and the complex and often subtle interplay between business competitiveness and community prosperity. In addition to developing intelligence and research about cities, the Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities offers Career Advancement Courses, an Advanced Diploma Program, and workshop seminars to equip city and state officials, economic development professionals, nonprofit leaders, and city builders with the expertise and insights needed to sharpen their skill sets and to drive economic growth in their cities. Learn more: www.sps.nyu.edu/creativecities.
Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) is a CareerBuilder company that provides industry-leading employment data and economic analysis via web tools and custom reports. EMSI turns vast amounts of labor market data into easy-to-use information that helps organizations understand the connection between economies, people, and work, and ultimately build a better workforce. EMSI’s web tools – Analyst and Career Coach – are used by thousands of professionals in higher education, workforce and economic development, and the private sector. EMSI has also produced more than 1,200 comprehensive impact analyses for colleges and universities in the U.S. and internationally.