Life in the big city

April 25, 2016 admin

Big cities aren’t really my thing. I prefer to spend my time away from the crowds of people, confusing one-way streets and heavy traffic. Growing up just 25 miles outside San Francisco I never really understood its appeal.

Recently, U.S. News & World Report released a list of the 100 best cities grouped by size: medium (500,000 to 1 million), large (1 million to 2.5 million) and mega (greater than 2.5 million).

The top 10 overall list was dominated by mega-cities and large cities, but I was surprised to see two medium-sized cities grace the overall top 10, and four more round out the top 20.

The top 10 medium-sized cities seem more like my type of city and I was happy to find the city where I’ll be living soon — Boise, Idaho — was number two on the medium-sized city list and number six overall.

The top 10 medium-sized cities are:

  1. Colorado Springs, Colo.
  2. Boise, Idaho
  3. Des Moines, Iowa
  4. Sarasota, Fla.
  5. Omaha, Neb.
  6. Charleston, S.C.
  7. Madison, Wis.
  8. Harrisburg, Pa.
  9. Honolulu, Hawaii
  10. Portland, Maine

The cities were ranked based on five factors: the job market, cost of living versus average annual salary, quality of life, desirability and net migration.

The top 10 cities overall are:

  1. Denver
  2. Austin
  3. Fayetteville, Ark.
  4. Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
  5. Colorado Springs, Colo.
  6. Boise, Idaho
  7. Seattle
  8. Washington, D.C.
  9. San Francisco
  10. San Jose

Despite my distaste for big cities, I may have to give some of these a second look.

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ZoeWolff119x91Zoë Wolff is a reporter for Institutional Real Estate, Inc.

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