Top 11 Places to Live in the West
MONEY’s annual list of the best places to live in America was released yesterday and—can’t say we’re one bit surprised—the West showed particularly well, accounting for 11 of the top 50 cities and towns.
About 60 criteria, from median high temperatures and cultural offerings to school rankings and proximity to top hospitals, were carefully analyzed and ranked to come up with the winners. This year, MONEY also put extra weight on financial factors that are so important in our current economic climate, like reasonably priced housing and the job market. So, yes, some of our favorite most affordable towns made the list, but so did a few pricey places in California.
Did your hometown make the cut? Check out the full list on Money.com, and the Western spots below.
If high-paying jobs and easy beach access weren’t enough, this Southern California city also boasts one of the highest safety ratings in the country.Population: 250,308 Median Home Price: $725,000 Unemployment Rate: 4.4% Median Household Income: $111,809 Average Commute Time: 22 minutes 5. Eastvale, California
Population: 63,992 Median Home Price: $497,500 Unemployment Rate: 6.7% Median Household Income: $107,534 Average Commute Time: 32 minutes4. Sammamish, Washington
Lots of community activities and green space are significant draws to this lakeside suburb of Seattle, but access to two great school districts doesn’t hurt either.Population: 50,248 Median Home Price: $802,275 Unemployment Rate: 4.3% Median Household Income: $150,717 Average Commute Time: 28 minutes 3. Centennial, Colorado