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这几年经济不好,影响到了我们生活的方方面面,JMs可能也深有体会了,将我看到的几篇文章贴出来与大家分享啊!看看我们是否生活在这些Best places啊,呵呵。

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America's Best Places to Live 2011
by Money Editors
Monday, August 15, 2011

With the current state of the economy — and the dispiriting sight of the nation's leaders endlessly battling about how to fix it — the phrase "small town" conjures up images of a happier time. When unemployment wasn't above 9%. When people didn't stress out about home values. When school budgets weren't under siege. Those were the days, right?
More at CNNMoney.com:

"Those days" are right now — if you know where to go. A team of seven MONEY reporters spent months combing through reams of data provided by OnBoard Informatics and other sources and fanning out across the country to identify small towns (those with populations of less than 50,000) that stand out in the qualities American families care about most.

The goal: Find the best combination of job opportunities, fiscal strength, top-notch schools, safe streets, good healthcare, cultural and outdoor activities, even nice weather. The result: MONEY's 100 Best Places to Live. The top 20 follow. (Demographic information provided by Onboard Informatics.)

1. Louisville, CO
Top 100 rank: 1
Population: 18,400
Unemployment: 6.3%

This sunny, lively mountain town is safe (crime rates are among the lowest in Colorado) and easy to navigate. Lots of good jobs in tech, telecom, aerospace, clean energy, and health care can be found right in Louisville, and more are on their way. And there's world-class mountain biking, hiking, and skiing in the nearby Rockies. Real estate prices have barely budged since 2005, yet a typical three-bedroom house here still runs less than a comparable one in nearby Boulder. Its schools consistently rank among the top three academically in the Denver area. -Jessica Levine

2. Milton, MA
Top 100 rank: 2
Population: 27,000
Unemployment: 6.6%

Milton is just minutes from the jobs and culture of Boston but feels in places like a country getaway. Tree-lined streets are dotted with historic homes. Single-family home prices have remained essentially unchanged since the market's peak in 2005. One major reason for this stability is the outstanding school system, which boasts six brand-new buildings and offers such rich opportunities as a French immersion program that begins in elementary school. The downside: high taxes. -Ismat Sarah Mangla

3. Solon, OH
Top 100 rank: 3
Population: 23,300
Unemployment: 8.2%

Solon is a small town with a large tax base: Major employers include Nestle, L'Oreal, and industrial equipment maker Swagelok. Solon punches above its weight in other areas too. Health care? The world-renowned Cleveland Clinic has a family health center here. Culture? Solon has its own philharmonic orchestra. Schools? Solon was the highest-achieving district in Ohio last year. And the student body is diverse: 11% of residents are black, 10% Asian. -Anne C. Lee

4. Leesburg, VA
Top 100 rank: 4
Population: 42,600
Unemployment: 4.1%

Leesburg, which snuggles up to the Virginia-Maryland border, offers proximity to plenty of good jobs not just in government but also in defense contracting, consulting, and technology. True, commutes can be abysmal. But residents say that the tradeoff to live in this pretty town, which has seen more history than a Ken Burns film, is worth it. Many antebellum red-brick buildings still stand, now filled with restaurants and art galleries. On the negative side, there are some run-down neighborhoods. -Pieter van Noordennen

5. Papillion, NE
Top 100 rank: 5
Population: 18,900
Unemployment: 4.2%

Nebraska, sexy? You'd better believe it. With agriculture booming, towns here are showing employment and housing-market strength that's the envy of the coasts.

Papillion is no exception; its economy benefits from a broad base of industries, including health care and transportation, in nearby Omaha.

In June, energy company Black Hills Corp. moved its local headquarters — and 130 jobs — here. There are also excellent schools, a five-month-old AAA baseball stadium, a new retail and restaurant complex, and loads of green space. -Sarah Max

6. Hanover, NH
Top 100 rank: 6
Population: 8,600
Unemployment: 4.4%

Dartmouth College, located in this hamlet near the White Mountains, gives Hanover an economic, social, and cultural advantage rare in towns so far from major urban centers. Unemployment in town is about half the statewide average (Dartmouth and its top-rated medical center provide over 12,000 jobs). Graduate programs spin out entrepreneurial start-ups in almost every industry. Housing — which ranges from century-old Victorians to new construction — isn't cheap, however. And students account for some fraternity-style rowdiness. -P.N.

7. Liberty, MO
Top 100 rank: 7
Population: 29,100
Unemployment: 7.6%

Known to tourists as the town where Jesse James' gang staged its first daytime bank robbery — and where Mormon prophet Joseph Smith languished in jail before fleeing west — Liberty today is a charming place with a quick commute to Kansas City's mix of jobs in telecom, engineering, and life sciences. The school district is consistently ranked as one of Missouri's best; student musicians play in a new state-of-the-art facility, and budding broadcast journalists have their own public-access channel. William Jewell College, with its lovely hilltop campus overlooking Liberty, lets residents take advantage of many cultural offerings. -Vanessa Richardson

8. Middleton, WI
Top 100 rank: 8
Population: 17,400
Unemployment: 5.1%

Middleton is right next to state capitol Madison and boasts 17,000 jobs right in town (employers include pharmaceutical company PPD and Electronic Theater Controls, the world's biggest theater lighting company). Its walkable downtown has plenty of good restaurants, shops, and quirky attractions (National Mustard Museum, anyone?). Even its developments are cool: a Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired mixed-use project thoughtfully blends homes and businesses. And Middleton offers residents lots of parks and trails — including a new free splash park. -I.M.

9. Mukilteo, WA
Top 100 rank: 9
Population: 20,300
Unemployment: 8.2%

As West Coast towns go, Mukilteo (pronounced MUCK-ill-TEE-oh) is in good economic shape. Bank-owned homes represent a small fraction of houses on the market, and area employers, including Boeing, are hiring again. It has affordable homes by Seattle standards, good schools, and a killer location right on Puget Sound. And the town is spending to beef up its attractions: A new 29,000-square-foot community center debuted in February, and historic Lighthouse Park recently got a makeover. -S.M.

10. Chanhassen, MN
Top 100 rank: 10
Population: 23,000
Unemployment: 5.5%

Despite some 2011 budgetary brouhahas in the state of Minnesota, Chanhassen has plenty going for it — including good jobs right within its borders (manufacturing and technology company Emerson is based here), evening diversion (the Chanhassen Dinner Theater is the nation's oldest and largest), and nature galore (34 parks, 11 lakes, and the enormous Minnesota Landscape Arboretum). The town's new state-of-the-art high school has racked up some national awards in just its second year. -I.M.

11. Sharon, MA
Top 100 rank: 11
Population: 17,500
Unemployment: 6.6%

Halfway between Boston and Providence, R.I., Sharon was settled way back in 1673; a church in town has a bell made by Paul Revere.
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It has long been a popular summer destination thanks to Lake Massapoag, which draws swimmers and boaters. For a small town, Sharon is diverse, with many institutions serving the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities.

While there aren't many jobs in town, residents who wish to commute to Boston have easy access via commuter rail. -Noelia de la Cruz

12. Farmington, UT
Top 100 rank: 12
Population: 18,300
Unemployment: 6.7%

This friendly town near the Great Salt Lake lies 20 minutes from Salt Lake City's job and cultural opportunities. More Small Town USA than suburb, Farmington is safe and quiet. That's not to say it's no fun: in the center of town is Lagoon, a 125-year-old amusement park that attracts visitors from all over Utah. The town has a mix of expensive turn-of-the-century houses and more affordable homes; a typical three-bedroom ran around $180,000 in mid-2011. What's more, Farmington's taxes are low, yet the town is in excellent financial shape. -Angela Wu

13. Johnston, IA
Top 100 rank: 13
Population: 15,500
Unemployment: 6.0%

Agriculture is booming, and so is this small town in farm country: It has doubled in population over the past decade. Seed company Pioneer Hi-Bred and Iowa Public Television are both headquartered here, and the Camp Dodge military base provides stability. Architecture buffs take note: there's a private residence designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in town. Des Moines is a commutable 14 miles away. And 10 miles north of here is Saylorville Lake, a popular summertime spot for boating and fishing. -N.D.

14. Arden Hills, MN
Top 100 rank: 14
Population: 9,600
Unemployment: 6.6%

More people work than live in this town 10 miles from the Twin Cities. The families that do call Arden Hills home are attracted by a top-rated school district and a trail system that connects parks, playgrounds, and lakes. The town is known for its strict tree preservation laws, which means that even the newest subdivisions have so many mature trees that they seem like long-established neighborhoods. On the negative side, there's a Superfund site in the area — but the EPA estimates that the cleanup process is almost complete. -A.W.

15. Sammamish, WA
Top 100 rank: 15
Population: 46,700
Unemployment: 7.9%

If you're looking for the Pacific Northwest ideal — snow-capped mountains and scenic lakes — Sammamish might be for you. Puget Sound and ski resorts are both an hour from this affluent Seattle suburb. High-tech employers in the area include Boeing, Amazon, and Microsoft, which is headquartered just 15 minutes away. Incorporated just over a decade ago, Sammamish still doesn't have a real center where the community can gather. But local officials are working on a new downtown with retail, recreation, and town services. -A.W.

16. Acton, MA
Top 100 rank: 16
Population: 22,000
Unemployment: 6.0%

Thought it's easily accessible to Boston by commuter rail, Acton feels very much like its own place.

It's a picture-perfect New England town, complete with Revolutionary War landmarks, historic homes, and lots of open space.One of Acton's biggest draws is its progressive regional school district, which consistently ranks among the best in the state.

Major area employers include IBM's largest software campus and a branch of Cisco Systems, located in the nearby towns of Littleton and Boxborough, respectively. -N.D.

17. Montville, NJ
Top 100 rank: 17
Population: 21,800
Unemployment: 7.0%

This affluent town is in Morris County, home to many big employers. More than 50 Fortune 500 companies have headquarters, major facilities, or offices in the region, including AT&T, Pfizer, Honeywell, and Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals. True, Montville lacks a proper downtown. But its location — it's an hour away from New York City, the beaches of the Jersey shore, and the Mountain Creek Ski Resort — help to make up for that. -N.D.

18. Newcastle, WA
Top 100 rank: 18
Population: 10,200
Unemployment: 7.9%

The volunteer spirit is alive and well in this former coal-mining town 13 miles from Seattle. Despite serious budget cuts that threatened the city's summer 2011 events, local businesses and citizens offered time and cash to keep the community's concerts and fireworks afloat. There's a 350-acre golf course here, not to mention 12 parks; the 3,115-acre Cougar Mountain Wildland Park is right next door. Newcastle residents can jump on a trail in the city and end up in the "Issaquah Alps." Tech employers such as Microsoft are almost as easily accessible. -A.W.

19. Castle Rock, CO
Top 100 rank: 19
Population: 37,200
Unemployment: 6.7%

With roots in mining and railroads, this affluent town offers an updated taste of the Old West. It boasts an historic downtown area, 265 acres of parks, and 44 miles of trails. Douglas County Rodeo comes to town each summer, complete with a fair and parade. And there are bargains to be had at the nearby outlet mall. The local economy is improving too. A manufacturer for wind turbine parts recently moved to Castle Rock, and officials have earmarked an economic development assistance fund of $5 million to bring new businesses to town. -A.W.

20. Superior, CO
Top 100 rank: 20
Population: 12,900
Unemployment: 6.3%

This former coal-mining town is a cyclist's dream. Superior's stunning mountain roads draw hundreds to the annual Morgul Classic bike race, and the town recently built a BMX bike park. Homes are more affordable here than in nearby Boulder, but residents have access to the same high-performing school district. Many of the city's well-educated and affluent residents work in the tech sector, at Denver-area employers such as Oracle. -A.W.

Top 100

Rank    City      Population
1    Louisville, CO    18,400
2    Milton, MA     27,000
3    Solon, OH      23,300
4    Leesburg, VA     42,600
5    Papillion, NE     18,900
6    Hanover, NH     8,600
7    Liberty, MO      29,100
8    Middleton, WI     17,400
9    Mukilteo, WA     20,300
10    Chanhassen, MN   23,000
11    Sharon, MA     17,500
12    Farmington, UT    18,300
13    Johnston, IA     15,500
14    Arden Hills, MN    9,600
15    Sammamish, WA    46,700
16    Acton, MA      22,000
17    Montville, NJ     21,800
18    Newcastle, WA    10,200
19    Castle Rock, CO    37,200
20    Superior, CO     12,900
21    Hunter's Creek, FL   11,700
22    South Brunswick, NJ   42,000
23    North Salt Lake, UT   13,800
24    Mason, OH      33,100
25    West Goshen, PA    8,900
26    Ridgewood, NJ    24,500
27    Murphy, TX     10,700
28    Chelmsford, MA    35,300
29    Parker, CO       41,000
30    Highland Heights, OH   8,500
31    Horsham, PA      14,300
32    Twinsburg, OH     18,500
33    Madison, NJ      16,200
34    Herndon, VA      24,800
35    Montclair, VA     19,800
36    Oakton, VA      33,400
37    Tolland, CT      15,000
38    South Windsor, CT    25,600
39    Simsbury, CT      23,200
40    Montgomery Village, MD   41,200
41    Lake St. Louis, MO   14,300
42    Springboro, OH     16,800
43    Easton, MA      22,900
44    Lino Lakes, MN    20,000
45    Ardmore, PA     12,900
46    McCandless Township, PA   27,800
47    Lenexa, KS      48,800
48    Westfield, IN     26,100
49    Carol Stream, IL    40,300
50    Noblesville, IN    49,400
51    Savage, MN      28,500
52    Shoreview, MN    25,900
53    Hillsborough, NJ    39,300
54    Glen Ellyn, IL     27,100
55    Brownsburg, IN    20,200
56    Manassas Park, VA   12,300
57    Walnut, CA      32,400
58    Oswego, IL      26,100
59    West Norriton, PA   15,600
60    Mamaroneck, NY    18,900
61    Webster Groves, MO   22,200
62    Plainfield, IN     22,200
63    North Logan, UT    9,100
64    La Palma, CA     15,700
65    Whitefish Bay, WI   14,000
66    Black Forest, CO    21,800
67    Eldersburg, MD    31,200
68    The Colony, TX    46,100
69    West Linn, OR     26,200
70    Harrison, NY     24,100
71    Germantown, WI    20,600
72    Urbandale, IA     39,700
73    Cheshire, CT     29,900
74    North Liberty, IA   10,500
75    Saratoga Springs, NY   27,800
76    Nanuet, NY      18,100
77    Cibolo, TX      9,000
78    Pearl River, NY    15,700
79    Hernando, MS    12,800
80    Ballwin, MO     30,500
81    Lindon, UT      11,100
82    Crofton, MD     20,900
83    Clayton, CA     10,500
84    Columbus, NE    21,800
85    Draper, UT     37,100
86    Ankeny, IA     38,600
87    Merrimack, NH    26,500
88    Portland, CT     9,600
89    Brandon, MS     24,200
90    Dover, NH      30,500
91    Peachtree City, GA   35,900
92    Wells Branch, TX   13,900
93    Keller, TX      47,500
94    Franklin, WI     37,300
95    Bettendorf, IA     34,700
96    Madison, AL     40,200
97    Winter Springs, FL   33,700
98    South Elgin, IL     22,300
99    Oregon, WI      9,200
100    Sherwood, OR    17,000

From the September 2011 issue

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Best Places to Live 2011 - Top 25: Affordable homes

Rank    City       Median home sale price 2010
1    Hunter's Creek, FL       $80,000
2    Lake Jackson, TX       $125,000
3    Wesley Chapel, FL       $134,000
4    Johnston, IA          $181,000
5    Papillion, NE          $145,000
6    Crete, IL           $147,000
7    Morrisville, NC        $214,500
8    Cedar Rapids, IA        $106,560
9    Franklin, IN          $99,000
10    Deer Park, TX        $131,250
11    Martinez, GA        $130,599
12    Medina, OH         $128,000
13    La Vergne, TN        $106,500
14    Stockbridge, GA       $124,000
15    Columbia, IL        $154,000
16    Glendale, AZ        $110,000
17    Mason, OH         $173,000
18    Brownsburg, IN       $139,000
19    Neenah, WI         $119,900
20    Rochester, MN        $141,000
21    Statesville, NC        $96,522
22    Hudson, WI         $166,000
23    Pelham, AL         $140,000
24    Southaven, MS        $120,000
25    Simpsonville, SC       $115,250

From the September 2011 issue
Source: Onboard Informatics, actual sales collected from county and municipal assessors' offices. Only includes sales within city boundaries. Only cities where there were more than 100 home sales in 2010, and that were experiencing job and population growth, were considered. No more than 2 places within a state, and no more than 1 place within a county could qualify.

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2011 Best Cities for Families: Complete List

1. Washington, District of Columbia

2. Austin, Texas

3. Boston, Massachusetts

4. St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota

5. Des Moines, Iowa

6. Madison, Wisconsin

7. Honolulu, Hawaii

8. Omaha, Nebraska

9. Seattle, Washington

10. Louisville, Kentucky

11. St. Louis, Missouri

12. San Antonio, Texas

13. Portland, Oregon

14. Kansas City, Missouri

15. Colorado Springs, Colorado

16. New Orleans, Louisiana

17. Richmond, Virginia

18. Lexington, Kentucky

19. Lincoln, Nebraska

20. Wichita, Kansas

21. Salt Lake City, Utah

22. Columbus, Ohio

23. Dallas, Texas

24. New York, New York

25. Atlanta, Georgia

26. Buffalo, New York

27. Denver, Colorado

28. Boise, Idaho

29. Indianapolis, Indiana

30. Jacksonville, Florida

31. Little Rock, Arkansas

32. Nashville, Tennessee

33. Syracuse, New York

34. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

35. Norfolk, Virginia

36. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

37. Baltimore, Maryland

38. Tulsa, Oklahoma

39. Orlando, Florida

40. Tampa, Florida

41. Wilmington, Deleware

42. Topeka, Kansas

43. Ann Arbor, Michigan

44. Albuquerque, New Mexico

45. Miami, Florida

46. Tucson, Arizona

47. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

48. Cincinnati, Ohio

49. Anchorage, Alaska

50. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

51. Spokane, Washington

52. El Paso, Texas

53. Virginia Beach, Virginia

54. Houston, Texas

55. Billings, Montana

56. Grand Rapids, Michigan

57. Raleigh, North Carolina

58. Fort Wayne, Indiana

59. Providence, Rhode Island

60. Sioux Falls, South Dakota

61. Hartford, Connecticut

62. Charlotte, North Carolina

63. San Francisco, California

64. Cleveland, Ohio

65. Tacoma, Washington

66. Birmingham, Alabama

67. Fort Worth, Texas

68. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

69. Corpus Christi, Texas

70. Arlington, Virginia

71. Durham, North Carolina

72. Memphis, Tennessee

73. Chicago, Illinois

74. Phoenix, Arizona

75. Greensboro, North Carolina

76. San Diego, California

77. Aurora, Colorado

78. St. Petersburg, Florida

79. Mobile, Alabama

80. Chesapeake, Virginia

81. Fort Lauderdale, Florida

82. Augusta, Georgia

83. Montgomery, Alabama

84. San Jose, California

85. Winston-Salem, North Carolina

86. Newark, New Jersey

87. Toledo, Ohio

88. Akron, Ohio

89. Sacramento, California

90. Detroit, Michigan

91. Scottsdale, Arizona

92. Los Angeles, California

93. Arlington, Texas

94. Mesa, Arizona

95. Las Vegas, Nevada

96. Fresno, California

97. Long Beach, California

98. Bakersfield, California

99. Riverside, California

100. Anaheim, California

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