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Best U.S. Cities to Live, Work, and Play


Personal finance web site Kiplinger rounds up 10 of the best cities in the United States to live, work, and play.
Our approach this year to picking the 10 best cities was simple: Look for places with strong economies and abundant jobs, then demand reasonable living costs and plenty of fun things to do.
The article profiles each city based on population, population growth, percentage of workforce in the creative class, cost of living, median household income, and, finally, income growth since 2000—which in many cities is impressive, considering recent slowdowns. Likewise, as the author points out, several of the cities that made the list may surprise you. Hit the jump for the full list. Photo by shannonpatrick17.
  1. Houston
  2. Raleigh
  3. Omaha
  4. Boise
  5. Colorado Springs
  6. Austin
  7. Fayetteville
  8. Sacramento
  9. Des Moines
  10. Provo

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Date: 2009-02-20 09:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] squidflakes.livejournal.com
Fuuuuck yeah!

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Date: 2009-02-20 11:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wakeupkent.livejournal.com
Really? We're #1?

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Date: 2009-02-21 02:38 pm (UTC)

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Date: 2009-02-21 12:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] davidfcooper.livejournal.com
I read somewhere recently that a New Yorker would have to earn $123K to equal a Houston $50K standard of living.

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Date: 2009-02-21 02:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] serene-orange.livejournal.com
wow. The cost of living is pretty low here. $500,000. would get you a gorgeous 3,000 + sq foot house in a really good neighborhood in the city.

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Date: 2009-02-21 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] texasts.livejournal.com
How did that happen? *grins*

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Date: 2009-02-21 02:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] serene-orange.livejournal.com
Houston in full of the awesome is how

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Date: 2009-02-21 03:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] texasts.livejournal.com

I know that!

Been here for over 30 years... Not sure I would have hung around if I didn't think we wuz awesome.

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Date: 2009-02-21 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] serene-orange.livejournal.com
where were you before here?

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Date: 2009-02-21 03:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] texasts.livejournal.com
you want the short list or the long one?

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Date: 2009-02-21 03:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] serene-orange.livejournal.com
eh, long. It is Saturday, I have the time

It ain't the years, it's the mileage!

Date: 2009-02-21 04:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] texasts.livejournal.com
All righty, then...
Born in Chicago, IL.
At five or six, moved to Bakersfield, CA. Within 6 or 8 months moved to Honolulu. After 3 1/2 year stay I found myself in Ottawa, IL at my grandparents. I spent most of the school year there. After that I rejoined my parents in Chesapeake, VA. After that it was a shock to discover myself in Thurso, Scotland. Look that place up sometime, I think my Dad said it was like 90 miles from the Arctic Circle! I don't think it was quite that close, but it was quite chilly year round. I ended up going to school for nine months in High Wycombe, which is a town in Buckinghamshire, in GB. Back to Scotland for a bit. In 1973, we moved to Jacksonville, FL. Where I spent my years going to 9th through the 12th grade. A smallish stint in Tallahassee, FL, From there back to JAX and thence to Houston in 1977. Moved to the D-FW area with one of my GF's after I lost my first job with a small Oil Company. Spent 6 to 8 months there and moved back to JAX in 1979. Then moved back to Houston in July or August.

Went to work for the Big Clam that October and have been here ever since.

Re: It ain't the years, it's the mileage!

Date: 2009-02-21 09:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] serene-orange.livejournal.com
You got to Texas when I did .

I vaguely remember Chesapeake, VA. I lived in Richmond for the first 7 years of my life.

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Date: 2009-02-21 11:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meowvatar.livejournal.com
Colorado Springs????????? OK, clearly they don't live here. *sigh*

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Date: 2009-02-21 02:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] serene-orange.livejournal.com
what is wrong with Colorado Springs?

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Date: 2009-02-22 12:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meowvatar.livejournal.com
It is a hotbed of Christian fundamentalism. Focus on the Family is there; the most ridiculously right-wing conservative Catholic bishop is there; it's only a great place to live if you're a fundie. Sometimes I think Denver is between Colorado Springs and Boulder so the hippies and the fundies don't duke it out.

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Date: 2009-02-21 05:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] reanimated.livejournal.com
ouch, austin used to be number one. but houston is definitely a better job market.

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Date: 2009-02-21 09:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] serene-orange.livejournal.com
I was half surprised by the closeness in percentage of workforce in the creative class between Houston and Austin

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Date: 2009-02-21 09:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rubygloomrox.livejournal.com
I sent this to Jason when I first saw the article. And my grandmother. *sigh* I want to go home.

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Date: 2009-02-21 09:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] serene-orange.livejournal.com
Houston said it wants you back

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Date: 2009-02-21 09:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rubygloomrox.livejournal.com
I nag him all the time. Someday I'll be back for more than a visit.

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