CNNMoney has released its Best Places To Live 2012 list.
The annual survey is based on data from Onboard Informatics. Using Quality of Life factors such as education, crime and “town spirit”, and focusing on towns with between 50,000 and 300,000 residents, this year’s survey ranks the country’s best mid-sized cities.
To be eligible for ranking, towns must have a median household income greater than 85%, (and less than 200%) of the state median income; must not be a categorized as a “retirement community” or a town with “major job loss”; and must be racially diverse. From a list of 744 eligible towns nationwide, Carmel, Indiana ranked first.
The complete Top 10 Best Places to Live as cited by CNNMoney, and average local home listing price as of July 2012 follows :
- Carmel, Indiana ($304,340 average listing price)
- McKinney, Texas ($245,917 average listing price)
- Eden Prairie, Minnesota ($413,566 average listing price)
- Newton, Massachusetts ($850,117 average listing price)
- Redmond, Washington ($518,982 average listing price)
- Irvine, California ($904,753 average listing price)
- Reston, Virginia ($467,934 average listing price)
- Columbia, Maryland ($406,943 average listing price)
- Overland Park, Kansas ($278,204 average listing price)
- Chapel Hill, NC ($376,660 average listing price)
In addition to ranking its Top 10 Best Places To Live, CNNMoney also offers a host of data on the top-ranked 100 cities at its website. The only LoCo town to make the list was Ashburn, coming in at #30. We’re biased here, but of course we think that Loudoun ranks #1.