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Small Town, USA provides the happiest homes

August 19th, 2011 3 Comments


CNNMoney is doing a whole series on the “Top 100 Places to Live in the US” based on job opportunities, price of products, and quality of life.  Here are the top 10 shown with the average price of a house.

First of all, I can’t imagine that there isn’t one city in the South that can make it in the top ten.  I love it down here – it’s cheap and it doesn’t snow!  Secondly, you should know the largest population on the entire list is 40,000 people.  Living in the boonies would drive me bonkers.

It’s an interesting idea though.  I contend the big city lifestyle is detrimental and has somehow enchanted us to believing it’s the “best” way to live.  In my opinion, the south offers the best of both words.  In major southern cities, there is opportunity, a slower pace in the day, cheaper goods, and more space in general.

To each their own though :)

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  • Jessesgirl

    Um, last I checked VA is the South. Perhaps you mean Southwest?
    Also, I live in the Southwest (northern NM) and oh yes, it does snow.

  • I grew up in one of the top 100 cities. Whitefish Bay, WI – it’s no where close to the boonies. Downtown is a mere 5 minute drive (via the lake front – which is chalk full of beautiful multi-million dollar homes). There are wonderful boutiques, restaurants and it’s an upper-middle class pleasantville (in the best way possible).

    Middleton, WI is the same way. Not sure about the other cities, but I loved growing up in Wisconsin. It was the perfect mix of township charm and downtown perks.

    I politely suggest you do a little googling as Milwaukee is one of the largest cities in the Midwest, as is Madison Wisconsin and Minneapolis, MN.

    • Molly,

      I’m glad to hear you grew up in such a picture perfect environment. Sounds lovely.

      What the list has proven to show is that the suburbs are the best places to live. That’s not a shock. And in the midwest and northeast (especially for NYC), I’d concur. I actually know Madison. The suburbs and lake communities are much more pleasant than the actual metropolitan area, in my opinion.

      As I said, it’s to each your own. As long as you’re happy, that’s all that matters :)