5/9/2007 - Asheville Ranked Top City Once Again
Cities Ranked & Rated, which ranked more than 400 U.S. metro areas in, has placed Asheville in the top 10 cities in the country!
The 2007 list of the top places to live appears in the second edition of the 848-page book co-written by Bert Sperling of Sperling's Best Places and Frommer guidebook writer Peter Sanders. Judges factored in 10 major criteria in determining the rankings economy and jobs; cost of living; climate; education; health and healthcare; crime; transportation; leisure; arts and culture; and overall quality of life.
In the 2007 rankings, the authors gave more weight to affordable housing and reasonable commuting times. "Two-hour commutes, one-way, are no longer uncommon, according to Sperling.
Here are the lists top 10 cities:
- Gainesville, Fla.
- Bellingham, Wash.
- Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, Ore.-Wash.
- Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Ann Arbor, Mich.
- Ogden-Clearfield, Utah
- Asheville, N.C.
- Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.
- San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, Calif.
- Boise City-Nampa, Idaho
Source: USA Today, Bob Minzesheimer (05/08/07)