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Old 09-06-2016, 09:25 PM
 
Location: NW Cary
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Cary is a town so clocking in at #16 amongst cities isn't too shabby
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Old 09-07-2016, 01:02 AM
 
Location: River's Edge Inn, Todd NC
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Cary is a town so clocking in at #16 amongst cities isn't too shabby
A "town" in name only. The population is now over 160,000, and larger than the first four places on the list.
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Old 09-07-2016, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Texas has a pretty low cost of living and is very business friendly. There are several companies that have moved their headquarters to the DFW area bringing with them higher than average salaried employees looking for homes. Aside from Austin the other Texas cities in the top 10 are in the DFW area.
Worked out nice for our family since we relocated from a #5 city (pop <100,000) to a #10 town (pop >150,000)
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Old 09-07-2016, 06:29 AM
 
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Cary clocked in at 16th...




Rankings by City Size


Rank
Large Cities
Rank
Midsize Cities
Rank
Small Cities
1 Austin, TX
(58.18) 1 Overland Park, KS
(68.49) 1 Frisco, TX
(60.47) 2 Denver, CO
(59.98) 2 Plano, TX
(59.73) 2 McKinney, TX
(59.72) 3 Nashville, TN
(57.43) 3 Lincoln, NE
(63.55) 3 Richardson, TX
(59.44) 4 Seattle, WA
(49.18) 4 Boise, ID
(63.73) 4 Murfreesboro, TN
(60.34) 5 Aurora, CO
(59.35) 5 Irvine, CA
(45.68) 5 Allen, TX
(62.76) 6 Fort Worth, TX
(53.98) 6 Irving, TX
(55.92) 6 Thornton, CO
(65.42) 7 Colorado Springs, CO
(60.72) 7 Madison, WI
(60.47) 7 Arvada, CO
(62.40) 8 Portland, OR
(49.43) 8 Grand Prairie, TX
(60.02) 8 Denton, TX
(58.34) 9 Raleigh, NC
(58.65) 9 Durham, NC
(55.58) 9 Greeley, CO
(65.46) 10 Lexington, KY
(62.84) 10 Gilbert, AZ
(57.36) 10 Cary, NC
(56.85) 11 Dallas, TX
(52.78) 11 Salt Lake City, UT
(62.80) 11 Carrollton, TX
(59.84) 12 Houston, TX
(54.19) 12 Fort Wayne, IN
(59.05) 12 Fort Collins, CO
(61.69) 13 Wichita, KS
(55.61) 13 Laredo, TX
(61.20) 13 Westminster, CO
(64.31) 14 Arlington, TX
(56.54) 14 Garland, TX
(59.32) 14 Longmont, CO
(64.11) 15 Omaha, NE
(58.80) 15 Fremont, CA
(44.21) 15 Centennial, CO
(62.98) 16 Charlotte, NC
(53.38) 16 Vancouver, WA
(53.48) 16 Bellevue, WA
(51.15) 17 El Paso, TX
(60.59) 17 Grand Rapids, MI
(60.36) 17 Lakewood, CO
(57.95) 18 San Jose, CA
(44.02) 18 Chandler, AZ
(56.78) 18 Sunnyvale, CA
(45.50) 19 Washington, DC
(40.99) 19 Anchorage, AK
(47.55) 19 Hillsboro, OR
(55.11) 20 Minneapolis, MN
(54.55) 20 Peoria, AZ
(54.90) 20 Broken Arrow, OK
(62.75) 21 Boston, MA
(44.43) 21 Elk Grove, CA
(52.18) 21 Norman, OK
(61.38) 22 San Francisco, CA
(43.27) 22 Salem, OR
(49.04) 22 Boulder, CO
(55.03) 23 Pittsburgh, PA
(59.80) 23 Springfield, MO
(56.08) 23 Roswell, GA
(57.22) 24 Oklahoma City, OK
(57.96) 24 Des Moines, IA
(59.11) 24 Beaverton, OR
(52.67) 25 San Diego, CA
(46.05) 25 Tempe, AZ
(49.58) 25 Santa Clara, CA
(43.86)
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-real-...markets/14889/
There is only one Georgia city and zero Florida cities. That alone makes it difficult for me to take this list seriously.
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Old 09-07-2016, 07:23 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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as expected... urbancharlotte on cue.
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Old 09-07-2016, 08:05 AM
 
Location: My House
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It's crazy how many places in Texas are at the top of the list.Texas is a pretty big state.
Not really. Most area nicer suburbs of Dallas.
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Old 09-07-2016, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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It is hard to take any of these aggregations very seriously.
Heck, in their First Time Buyers "study," they say that Cary ranks 63 overall, mostly pulled down by a 207 in Quality of Life:
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-w...e-buyers/5564/

Fun for beer on the porch jabbering....
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Old 09-07-2016, 09:25 AM
 
Location: NC
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It is hard to take any of these aggregations very seriously.
Heck, in their First Time Buyers "study," they say that Cary ranks 63 overall, mostly pulled down by a 207 in Quality of Life:
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-w...e-buyers/5564/

Fun for beer on the porch jabbering....
I checked out which cities had the top Qualify of Life rankings in that list. The top 9 are all in Colorado. Apparently "being high", maybe in more than one sense, is a top indication of good quality of life...
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Old 09-07-2016, 09:43 AM
 
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It is hard to take any of these aggregations very seriously.
Heck, in their First Time Buyers "study," they say that Cary ranks 63 overall, mostly pulled down by a 207 in Quality of Life:
https://wallethub.com/edu/best-and-w...e-buyers/5564/

Fun for beer on the porch jabbering....
The results of these ranking articles are completely dependent on the weighting choices the article author makes in putting together the data. One minuscule subjective decision to tweak a variable, or a slight bias regarding one factor being more important than the other can make the difference between a city (or anything really, for that matter) appearing at the top of the list, versus half way down the list.

The author isn't necessarily intentionally trying to publish BS information, but it's rare that individual interpretation doesn't creep into the numbers and greatly affect the outcomes. I used to put together these types of articles as part of my primary income stream. It's largely about creating click bait. None of them should be taken too seriously or as more than entertainment value.

The one exception to all of this is if you have a publication that uses a standardized ranking system that does not change (very important) from year to year. Then, as long as they are ranking the same data the same way, you may be able to glean some useful information from the article or draw some conclusions that wouldn't be complete BS, simply by noting the relative year over year change. But there are very few of these that are based on ranking algorithms that don't change as needed to keep things interesting and sell clicks and advertising.
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