In 2008, Round Rock landed at No. 7 on MONEY magazine's list of America’s Best Places to Live, its annual ranking of America’s most livable towns.
Top 10 Best Places to Live
in America for 2008
- Plymouth, MN
- Fort Collins, CO
- Naperville, IL
- Irvine, CA
- Franklin Township, NJ
- Norman, OK
- Round Rock, TX
- Columbia/Ellicott City, MD
- Overland Park, KS
- Fishers, IN
Profiles of the top 10 and a full list of the top 100 are available online
and appeared in the August 2008 issue of MONEY
Using statistics from data provider OnBoard and consultant Bert Sperling of BestPlaces.net, MONEY crunched the numbers in order to zero in on America’s best small cities for families which exhibit the bedrock requirements of good jobs, a healthy local economy, and a sane real-estate market.
Here’s how: Start with all U.S. cities that have populations of 50,000 to 300,000. Exclude retirement communities, places where income is less than 85 percent or more than 201 percent of the state median, and those that are more than 95 percent white. Screen out cities with high crime, big population declines, significant unemployment or job shrinkage, and long commutes. Rank remaining places based on job growth, income increases, cost of living, housing affordability, school quality, arts and leisure options, ease of daily life, safety, medical care, and diversity. Factor in more data on the economy, jobs, housing prices, schools and taxes. Then visit and interview residents, assessing intangibles like vibrancy and sense of community.
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