II. Where to Go
Best Places to Live & Work
I: Relocation Advice]
[Part III: How to Get There]
Best Places to Live & Work
Best Places to Live 2000
Money Magazine sifted through demographic and U.S. Census data to see how the 300 biggest
U.S. metropolitan areas stack up in 46 different areas. Use their exclusive screening
tool to find your best place.
Best Places to Retire
Features the five winning cities plus a "Find Your Best Place Calculator," which
allows you to search a database of nearly 500 cities and towns using up to 124 criteria.
Take the online quiz and FindYourSpot will choose from among the best cities and towns in
America to instantly match you with places that fit your preferences for climate, arts and
culture, recreation, education, cost of living, and other factors. Free registration
required to receive results, which include interesting and informative reports about each
Features Find Your Best Place,
a powerful tool that lets you describe and find your ideal place to live. Also includes
1,000 city profiles.
Best Places for Business and Career
Ranks 200 metro areas based on growth in jobs and earned income, plus a measure of
activity in critical technologies that foster future growth. Also see Forbes
Best Small Places in America. (Free registration may be required.)
Review: Best Places to Live and Work
Information on 20 cities that have incredible employment potential, a top-notch quality of
life, outstanding educational standards as well as opportunities for companies interested
The Lifestyle Optimizer
Use this search tool to create a list of the 10 best cities for you to live, by selecting
one characteristic to rank cities and then by restricting the search to cities with
certain demographic, economic or climate conditions.
World: Best Places (for Telecommuters) to Live and Work
The easiest commute of all is from your bedroom to your home office. PC World and Money
Magazine rank 300 U.S. cities for working at home.
125 Best Places to Earn and Save Money
Overall measure by major metropolitan area of the general financial security of residents
in a specific area compared to other large metropolitan areas in the
Best Cities for Your Money
You know saving is a good thing; you'd like to do more. But where?
Realty Times: The
Best Cities for Young People
These 30 North American cities were chosen as the top places for people in their 20s and
30s to live. A wide range of criteria was used, from job opportunities to restaurants and
entertainment and more.
The best cities in America for starting and growing a business.
Magazine: Hot Cities
Smart moves for entrepreneurs on a quest to find the perfect location.
The Best Small Towns in America
Twenty-five of the best places to live in the U.S.
Top 100 Places to Live
One hundred of America's top small towns.
Recent study designated 141 places as "dreamtowns," defined as cities with
populations of 10,000 to 50,000 that offer an outstanding quality of life. (Profiles of
the top five dreamtowns and the list of all dreamtowns are at the bottom of this story;
free registration required to view.)
Maturity: The 50 Most Alive Places to Live
New retirees expect to have more choices of what to do -- and where to do it -- than any
generation before them, not to mention many more years to enjoy those choices. That's why
Modern Maturity set out to find the towns and
cities in the United States best suited to this new style of retiring. Also see the
National Civic League:
All-America City Award
Each year, only ten cities are selected as All-America City winners. These communities
exemplify the true American spirit at work. Their citizens are actively committed to
ensuring that their community is a safe, nurturing place to live.
Utne: America's 10 Most
Towns that are making a special effort to foster connectedness and contentment among all
the people who live in them.
Online: North America's Dream Towns, 1999
There's no place like home, but when the same-old same-old doesn't quite cut it
anymore, home is the place you must go find.
Home Journal: The Best Cities for Women 2001
America's biggest cities were rated based on where they stand right now -- and on where
they'll be in the future. Will today's best places to live still make the grade in 2020?
With the qualities most important to women in mind, LHJ put Americas two hundred
biggest cities to the test.
Institute for Women's Policy Research:
The Status of Women in the
Every two years, IWPR gathers information from federal government agencies and
other sources to rank states on how women fare -- in politics, employment and earnings,
economic independence and security, reproductive rights, and health.
Redbook: The 10
best cities for working mothers
So you think you can't have it all -- clean air, safe streets, great places to work and
play? Check out these 10 great cities, where the living is easy -- even for
Guides: Top 10 List
Twice a year, Location Guides grades the 207 largest metropolitan areas in 10 categories.
Here are their top 10 choices for 1999.
Magazine: The 10 Best Cities for Families
Child surveyed over 100 cities, looking at everything from pediatric health
centers to housing costs, air quality to student-teacher ratios.
Morgan Quitno Press:
Most Livable State 2000
This award is based on statistical indicators that reflect the kind of lifestyle that most
Americans agree is positive -- affordable housing, safe streets, good employment
opportunities, a strong education system and a healthy state economy.
Press: Healthiest State 2000
The Healthiest State Award is based on 21 health-related factors including infant
mortality rates, the percent of population not covered by health insurance, per capita
expenditures for health care, childhood immunization rates, and percent of adults who
Digest World: Best Places to Raise a Family
Reader's Digest polled parents across the country about factors affecting family life,
then combined those results with statistical and demographic portraits of 301 metropolitan
areas to find the 50 best places to raise a family.
Council: The Best States to Raise a Child
All 50 states and the District of Columbia were categorically measured and then ranked in
relation to each other based on 10 different criteria.
Cities Report Card
Presents the best available data on the social, economic, educational and physical
environment in our cities -- exactly where our children live, grow, learn and play.
Press: America's Safest (and Most Dangerous) Cities
Award is based on a citys rate for six basic crime categories: murder, rape,
robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft.
Press: Most Dangerous & Safest States Awards
Rankings are based on six basic crime factors.
M. Mercer: Worldwide Quality of Life Survey 2000
This analysis was based on an evaluation of 39 quality-of-living criteria. These included
political, economic, social, and environmental factors, together with personal safety,
health, education, entertainment, transport, and other public services. Only the top
50 cities of the 215 surveyed are listed here.
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Wagon: Choosing a community -- what to look for
A few suggestions for choosing your new neighborhood wisely.
Census Bureau: American FactFinder
Incredibly detailed information including community profiles, population and housing
facts, industry and business facts, and maps.
Statistical reports for every state and county. The U.S. Census Bureau offers a similar resource. State rankings in 24 statistical
categories also available.
State of the Cities 2000
Provides the latest data on 114 selected cities released as part of the State of the
Cities 2000. It contains selected items from the SOCDS Historical Census, Current
Employment Statistics for City Residents, and County Business Patterns Special Extracts
databases. It also contains data from HUD analysis of high tech jobs in cities, suburbs,
and metropolitan areas. For stats at a glance, see the more concise State
of the Cities 2000 Fast-Look.
Alliance: Community Demographics
Nearly 150 demographics variables for every state, county and most major
metropolitan areas in the United States are just a click away.
Demographics Daily: Economic Ratings -- Metro
Ratings are based on a formula that encompasses population, income and employment trends
in 224 metropolitan areas; updated monthly. (Free registration required.)
The Metropolitan New
Report uses a set of 16 economic indicators to assess the 50 largest
metropolitan areas' progress as they adapt to the new economic order.
Includes practical info on state taxes and fees, auto regulations and voter registration,
plus fun facts on each state.
HomeFinder: Community Profiles
Community Profiles provide a snapshot of a community. They are one or two pages long so
you can print them and compare any number of towns on an "apples to apples"
basis. Detailed info on almost 40,000 U.S. communities.
American Community Network
Massive, interactive database with 175 data elements on every county and MSA in the United
States. Free registration is required.
American Relocation Network:
Order a relocation pack for or get information on any of several hundred U.S. cities.
Side-by-side comparison of two cities' cost of living, climate, demographics, and other
vital information, from a database that is kept current with quarterly updates.
Use The Community Calculator to identify neighborhoods in other communities in the United
States with lifestyles that match yours.
Use the Community Close-up tool to view demographic comparisons between neighborhoods.
Find a Neighborhood
Find your ideal neighborhood! Define the qualities you want in a neighborhood and rate how
important each of the qualities is to you.
Don't know which city is right for you, or searching for more information on a specific
city? Try this interactive decision guide.
Wall Street Journal:
Critical data on the 100 largest U.S. cities. Just click on a city name to review an
exclusive, in-depth report, including taxation and cost-of-living data, education
resources, arts and recreation activities, crime statistics and additional sources of
Jobs USA: City Outlines
Discover unemployment rates, major employers, cost of living, population, and much more
for 54 of the largest cities in the U.S.
Estate: City Profiles
Information on cost of living, real estate, quality of life, weather and more for hundreds
of U.S. cities.
Yahoo! Real Estate: City
Compare two cities side-by-side in 23 different categories, or see how all cities stack up
in any one category.
Times: Community Profiles
Descriptions of over 200 communities around the country.
CareerCatalyst: U.S. Labor Markets
Our own collection of resources for researching state and local employment markets.
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Economic Research Institute: College Student
Consumables Cost of
Not just for students! Complete cost-of-living analyses (consumables, housing, taxes,
services and transportation) for any earnings level between any two cities. Find out how
far your salary will go in over 6,700 U.S., Canadian and international locations.
Cost-of-Living Analysis for the Year 2000
Cost-of-living comparisons for 399 U.S. cities and metropolitan areas.
Relocation Directory: City Guides by State
Large list of links to major cities in each state, plus profiles of the 50 largest cities
in the U.S.
50states.com: States and Capitals
Dozens of links to factual infomation on every state.
Key to the City
Basic statistics and facts on every state and almost every community in the U.S.
The USA CityLink
The most comprehensive United States city and state listing on the Web. Provides
users with a starting point when accessing information about US states and cities.
Local experts guide you to the best restaurants, parks, book stores, etc. in each of 60
cities. Also includes Visitor's Guides to help you settle into your new hometown.
Connect to several online guides for each of the 50 largest cities in the U.S.
Official City Sites
Click on one of the state names to find a list of city and county links. Includes chambers
of commerce, convention and visitor bureaus, sanctioned tourism sites and much more.
Looking for America's most livable small towns? This site has pulled together photos and
useful statistics on over a hundred towns around the country.
Find info on hundreds of small towns all over America. Be sure to check out the Featured Community Archives.
Community Profile Network
Over 600 profiles of small villages in the U.S.
The Social Capital
Community Benchmark Survey
Comparison of 40 communities surveyed across dimensions of social capital. Survey
examines how connected we are to family, friends, neighbors and civic institutions on a
local and national level. These connections -- our social capital -- are the glue that
hold us together and enable us to build bridges to others.
Group: State Health Ranking
Comprehensive view of the health of the population of each state.
Annie E. Casey
Foundation: 2001 KIDS COUNT
A national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the United States.
KIDS COUNT uses the best available data to measure the educational, social, economic, and
physical well-being of children across the U.S.
Fitness: America's Fattest Cities 2001
Is your hometown making you fitter or fatter? A city-by-city analysis of the nation's
News Online: Best Hospitals Finder
Find the highest level of medical care in your area.
WebMD: Find a
Lists over 500,000 doctors and 120,000 dentists.
Nationwide listings of approximately 90,000 child care facilities and 70,000 elder care
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Compare the cost of living in hundreds of U.S. and international cities.
The Disaster Center:
State Crime Statistics
Crime stats for all U.S. states and the District of Columbia from 1960 through 1998 (most
recent available data).
Relocation Crime Lab
Find and compare reported crime statistics for over 6,000 communities throughout the U.S.
Data Center: Crime Statistics You Can Use
Check the risk of violent crime for any neighborhood in the country.
States Climate Page
Click on any state to access basic climate data on its major cities.
Historical Weather Data
Temperature and precipitation data for 2,000 cities worldwide. Each city page includes
some or all of 21 climate summaries.
Seventeen sets of climate data for almost 300 U.S. cities.
Distribution of Major Hazards in the U.S.
These maps show where there is a relatively high risk of six hazards: floods, earthquakes,
landslides, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes and tornadoes. A single, animated map depicting all six hazards
combined is also available.
EPA: ZIP Code Search
Enter a ZIP code to find local pollution reports, hazardous waste sites, environmental
conditions and trends, and a "live" computer-generated map of regulated sites in
any area. Similar information is offered by Healthy
Communities Environmental Mapping.
Environmental Defense Fund:
Enter a ZIP code to find out what pollutants are being released into that community -- and
who is responsible. (ZIP codes for all communities can be found here.)
Ozone maps and forecasts.
What's in the air?
Is the air you breathe making you sick? Check on current pollen and pollution counts for
most major U.S. cities.
Association: State of the Air 2001
Find out which cities, counties and states have the worst ozone
The Respiratory Tract Infection Alert tracks new cases of respiratory tract infections
nationwide. It can forecast the likelihood of an outbreak of infections and predict when
they are expected to peak in a given area.
Smog Watch 2000
Find out the worst places to take a deep breath.
Superfund Risk Assessment
Avoid having a toxic dump for your next-door neighbor.
Safe Drinking Water Information
The Safe Drinking Water Query Form will allow you to locate any drinking water supplier
and view its violations and enforcement history for the last ten years.
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The largest home search site, with over 1.3 million homes for sale plus home-buying advice
Find rentals, over 60,000 agents and brokers, and more than 700,000 home listings.
Get key information to make your own home-buying decisions. Also lists 750,000 homes for
Six hundred thousand listings nationwide, drawn from nearly 400 brokers. Unlike other
major sites in this category, includes FSBOs (for sale by owners).
"Provides a comprehensive method which allows you to move step-by-step through the
home selling and buying processes. zipRealty.com sellers enjoy higher profit margins,
while home buyers receive thousands of dollars in cash back at the close of escrow."
Buying? Selling? Just looking? Domania provides all the tools and information
you need to save time and money in the real estate game.
Estate Store: Consumers Guide to Selling a Home
For most people, buying and selling a home is the single largest investment
decision they will make during their lifetime. Here's how to make the right selling
Home Center: Buying a Home
"If you're looking to buy a home, our 5 steps have all the information and tools you
need to get the best home for your money."
terrible truth about real estate agents
How to know if you require the services of a real estate professional to help you buy or
sell a home.
Finding an Agent
Advice on locating and working with a realtor.
Times: Buyers' Advice and Sellers' Advice
Huge collection of articles should answer most, if not all, of your questions on home
buying and selling.
Banker: Home Price Comparison Index
Allows you to quickly approximate how much your home might cost in any one of over 350
markets across North America and beyond.
Homes & Gardens: How much house can you afford?
Home Center: Renting
On your own for the first time and looking for the skinny on housing? Or maybe you're
trying to figure out if it makes sense to keep renting, rather than buying? Follow these 5
steps and you'll know exactly what to do.
Search over 6,000,000 apartments in 6,000 U.S. cities.
Huge selection of apartments nationwide.
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Quality Counts 2001
of the States part of this special report looks at student performance and more than
75 indicators of the health of each states public education system. State report cards
offer a quicker, more concise look at the same systems.
ALEC: Report Card
on American Education: A State-by-State Analysis
The study covers two generations of students, 1976-2000, and grades each state using over
a hundred measures of educational resources and achievement. (Report Card requires Adobe
Acrobat Reader to view.)
Estate: School Reports
Find detailed information on virtually every public school in the U.S.
Basic information on every public school in the United States.
Public and private school profiles.
of Education: Blue Ribbon Schools
This 18-year-old program spotlights schools from around the country that have excelled in
school leadership, teaching, curriculum, student achievement and parental involvement.
Includes 264 elementary schools recognized as 2000-2001 Blue Ribbon Schools and 198
secondary schools chosen as award winners in 1999-2000.
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