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Money Magazine's List of Best Places to Live in 2010

Where Do You Think Is the Best Place to Live in 2010?

Money Magazine has released the Best Places to Live in the US list for 2010, claiming it's found the meccas for "jobs, great schools, safe streets, low crime, lots to do, charm, and other features that make a town great for raising a family." While my hometown didn't make the cut, I'm always intrigued by the cities that get celebrated in such rankings. The top cities include:

  1. Eden Prairie, MN
  2. Columbia/Ellicott City, MD
  3. Newton, MA
  4. Bellevue, WA
  5. McKinney, TX
  6. Fort Collins, CO
  7. Overland Park, KS
  8. Fishers, IN
  9. Ames, IA
  10. Rogers, AR

The only city I've been to on the list is techie city Bellevue, WA, which is gorgeous, but seemed pricey to me. Do you agree with the lineup? More importantly, where do you think is the best place to call home and why?

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ejr ejr 5 years
Newton, MA is not that great of a place to live! The houses are unaffordable and most of the people there are snobby. The one saving grace about this town is that the school system is great. Also, it is an easy commute to Boston.
sldc sldc 5 years
Where do people in McKinney work? If it is Dallas, then it can't be that great to live there. The commute is terrible!
amber512 amber512 5 years
Just outside of Portland, OR is perfect for me.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years
I think it all depends on what your priorities are. Although, the magazine does specify that these are the best cities if you are raising a family. I'm not familiar with a lot of these places, but I know that Ellicott City has a lot of charming older homes and a lot of shopping other than big box stores. And both Ellicott City and Columbia (Columbia more so) are somewhat racially diverse.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 5 years
I think there should be an asterisk saying they're the ideal place to live if you want to live in a cookie cutter subdivision where all the houses look the same, in an all-white neighborhood, next to big box stores and strip malls. I grew up close to Overland Park and Shawnee, KS. They're affluent Kansas City suburbs and are quite nice, but not for me. I live in St. Louis now, and I'm surprised that our highest rated suburb is O'Fallon, which is 40 miles away from the actual city. It has a lot of chain stores but lacks the character of the inner suburbs, and you couldn't pay me a million dollars to live there. Ames, IA and Rogers, AR are nice towns, but it's unfathomable to me that they would be in the top 10 places to live! Even though it didn't make the cut, I would live in San Francisco over any of these top 10 cities any day.
Spectra Spectra 5 years
Dude, Midwest cleaned up! I've been to a lot of those cities, actually. I think they're good places to live because there are usually plenty of amenities/services nearby, but most of those cities have a fairly small population. Plus, homeownership is very easy to attain...houses in the Midwest tend to be pretty cheap. And there are generally plenty of jobs and the schools are pretty decent. Oh, and the traffic isn't bad, either. Give me the Midwest over the coasts any day. Incidentally, I live about 20 minutes from Appleton, WI and I grew up in Madison, WI...both of them were on the top 100.
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