PRESS RELEASE: Penton Media’s Expansion Management Magazine Releases 2007 “Quality of Life Quotient" Rankings, Evaluating Affordability of Middle Class Lifestyle
Penton Media’s Expansion Management™, a business magazine for executives of companies actively looking to expand or relocate their facilities, today released its 2007 “Quality of Life” rankings.
Among metros with populations of over 1 million, Rochester, N.Y., ranked No.1, followed by Pittsburgh, Pa., Austin, Texas, Boston, Mass., and San Jose, Calif. Madison, Wis., Des Moines, Iowa, Raleigh, N.C., Lexington, Ky., and Springfield, Mo., topped the list for midsize Metros, while Fargo, N.D., Columbia, Mo., Sioux Falls, S.D., Iowa City, Iowa, and Bismarck, N.D., led the list of metros with populations under 400,000.
The rankings evaluated housing affordability, crime rates and public schools, as well as the standard of living, traffic and commuting, commercial air access, continuing education opportunities and adult education levels. In all, a total of 362 MSAs were evaluated based on nearly 50 statistical criteria.