LIST: Money Magazine's Top 50 Best Places to Live in America
Updated: 08/12/2013 7:02 PM KSTP.com
By: Leslie Dyste
Photo: Courtesy of Money Magazine
Several Minnesota cities made Money Magazine's top 50 best places to live in 2013. The magazine ranks small towns across the country with populations of 10,000 to 50,000.
Here's how Minnesota small towns ranked on the list:
Chanhassen ranked fourth
Apple Valley ranked 17th
Savage ranked 21st
Sharon, Massachusetts topped the list. Click here to view the list of the top 50 small towns.
Last year the magazine ranked America's best cities. Click here to see what Minnesota cities made that list.
KSTP checked in with Money Magazine to see how they come up with the 'best small towns' list.
Here is some of the criteria the magazine uses to pick the 'best small towns':
Screen out places with a median family income of more than 200 percent or less than 85 percent of the state average; those with more than 95 percent of one race; and those with poor education and crime scores.
Exclude retirement communities and towns with major job losses. Rank the rest using job growth, housing appreciation and affordability, safety, schools, health care, arts and leisure, diversity, and ease of living.
Factor in more data on the economy, jobs, real estate, and health care. Give the most weight to economic and housing factors. Limit list to three places per state, one per county, and sort to represent all regions evenly.
Visit towns and interview residents; assess traffic, parks, and gathering places; and consider intangibles like community spirit.
The magazine says it selects the winners "based on the data and reporting."