Top 10 places to live in the U.S. in 2017

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Where people live can affect their job and career success, as well as who they will meet and marry. While many Americans choose to live in a city based on proximity to their friends and loved ones, there may be other, practical considerations to keep in mind.

For instance, as Realtor.com points out, it may be important to have a supermarket close by, or a gym. Another consideration may be a profusion of job opportunities or leisure activities.

Families must consider the climate in which they raise their children, such as a tightly knit small town or a bustling city full of opportunities, or perhaps something in between.

Realtor.com teamed up with Money magazine to create its latest Best Places to Live list, combining their data with insights into local housing markets. The analysis focused on smaller cities and towns with populations of between 10,000 and 100,000. They used data points, such as data on housing market costs and growth, and combined them with factors such as economic health, cost of living, and public education.

Eliminating cities with a higher-than-normal crime risk, low median household income, and lack of ethnic diversity, they compiled a final list that was geographically diverse, with no more than four sites per state and two per county.

The result is their 2017 list, which includes locations that are not only great places to raise a family, but also where a great night out can be enjoyed, a good job can be found, and life can be seized.

The full list of 100 locations can be viewed HERE.

We have included the top 10, according to the site, below:

1. Fishers, IN

Median home price: $236,167
Median household income: $87,043
Population: 86,357

Points to consider-

  • It’s just 30 minutes from downtown Indianapolis
  • It has redeveloped downtown, with restaurants, boutiques, and a year-round farmers’ market that has been voted one of Indiana’s best
  • Residents say it’s a family-oriented place,
  • There are lots of activities, including free concerts and festivals year-round, an annual arts crawl, and a fresh batch of craft breweries
  • Projected job growth in this area over the next five years is 11.6%, according to Moody’s Analytics.

2. Allen, TX

Median home price: $323,676
Median household income: $104,524
Population: 96,045

Points to consider-

  • It’s on the outskirts of Dallas
  • It offers top-notch schools, a strong sense of community, and good value compared with Dallas, while “everything you need here is within easy reach”
  • It has a small-town feel
  • There are also plenty of employers in Allen, including an influx of tech and cybersecurity companies

3. Monterey Park, CA
Median home price: $533,083
Median household income: $57,419
Population: 62,630

Points to consider-

  • It’s a very safe city
  • It’s in the Los Angeles area
  • The community is largely Asian
  • Events throughout the year highlight the varied ethnic traditions of its residents

4. Franklin, TN
Median home price: $433,996
Median household income: $82,334
Population: 72,955

Points to consider-

  • It’s situated just outside Nashville
  • There are good job opportunities
  • The school district “earned a heady 10 out of 10 rating” on GreatSchools.org
  • The homes in the area are typically single-family homes in new subdivisions, with many more under construction

5. Olive Branch, MS
Median home price: $185,092
Median household income: $62,958
Population: 37,504

Points to consider-

  • Olive Branch is just across the state line from Tennessee and functions as a suburb of Memphis.
  • It has a historic small-town atmosphere
  • It has “stellar” schools
  • New businesses are “constantly moving in”

6. Dickinson, ND
Median home price: $227,417
Median household income: $71,866
Population: 24,771

Points to consider-

  • Dickinson is reaping plenty of the benefits of a current oil boom in North Dakota
  • It’s one of the biggest cities in the rural part of the state
  • Dickinson State University is there
  • There are jobs in manufacturing and the local hospital system, but the oil industry is the “employment heavyweight”
  • Outdoor activities are the main draw, with fishing, big-game hunting, hiking and horseback riding.

7. Lone Tree, CO
Median home price: $411,333
Median household income: $116,761
Population: 14,733

Points to consider-

  • The outdoor lifestyle is a big lure in Lone Tree
  • It sits about an hour outside Denver by car
  • The weather is wonderful year-round, according to residents
  • It has a suburban feel, with strip malls rather than a defined downtown, and plenty of restaurants, nightlife and shopping

8. North Arlington, NJ
Median home price: $446,500
Median household income: $73,885
Population: 15,563

Points to consider-

  • It’s within 15 minutes of New York City’s Financial District
  • It offers a small-town feel
  • The schools are excellent, crime is low
  • The 85-acre Riverside County Park is a great place to get outside

9. Schaumburg, IL
Median home price: $77,557
Median household income: $246,500
Population: 77,557

Points to consider-

  • Its Northwest of Chicago, downtown Chicago is only a one-hour trip
  • It doesn’t have much of a downtown, but it does have business
  • It has a thriving economic center that is home to more business in Illinois than any other community outside of Chicago
  • The school district rates 10 out of 10 on GreatSchools.org
  • The town has poured a lot of investment into its parks

10. Bozeman, MT
Median home price: $313,525
Median household income: $49,303
Population: 42,435

Points to consider-

  • Residents claim the work-life balance is good
  • The average commute takes 13 minutes, and about 14% of residents do it on foot or bike
  • Recently, the tech sector has been blowing up, with startups popping up all over
  • The area is expected to see 11.4% job growth over the next five years, according to Moody’s Analytics
  • Downtown offers historical charm, mountain views, and few chain establishments, and great snowboarding is just a short road trip away

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