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Residential Ratings

Residential Ratings
(posted for the A to Z Challenge)

R is for Residential Ratings.

What is the best city or town in your home state?

Answers will vary, of course, depending upon the criteria we use for our selections.

Bloomberg Business Week recently announced its 2011 list of the best towns in which to raise children in each state. BBW used data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the IRS, the FBI, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (with statistics provided by Onboard Informatics).

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Here’s their quick low-down on residential ratings. (Check their site for additional information and background.)

  1. Alabama: Theodore
  2. Alaska: Kodiak
  3. Arizona: Vail
  4. Arkansas: Judsonia
  5. California: Rowland Heights
  6. Colorado: Littleton
  7. Connecticut: Kensington
  8. Delaware: Bear
  9. Florida: Venice Gardens
  10. Georgia: Varnell
  11. Hawaii: Pearl City
  12. Idaho: Moscow
  13. Illinois: Niles
  14. Indiana: Centerville
  15. Iowa: Dallas Center
  16. Kansas: Wilson
  17. Kentucky: Elsmere
  18. Louisiana: Ball
  19. Maine: North Windham
  20. Maryland: College Park
  21. Massachusetts: Marlborough
  22. Michigan: Spring Arbor
  23. Minnesota: Cokato
  24. Mississippi: Senatobia
  25. Missouri: Farmington
  26. Montana: Bozeman
  27. Nebraska: Tilden
  28. Nevada: Moapa Valley
  29. New Hampshire: East Merrimack
  30. New Jersey: Ridgefield Park
  31. New Mexico: South Valley
  32. New York: West Seneca
  33. North Carolina: Rural Hall
  34. North Dakota: Minot
  35. Ohio: North College Hill
  36. Oklahoma: Glenpool
  37. Oregon: Pendleton
  38. Pennsylvania: Crafton
  39. Rhode Island: Wakefield-Peacedale
  40. South Carolina: Goose Creek
  41. South Dakota: Lennox
  42. Tennessee: Clinton
  43. Texas: Gatesville
  44. Utah: Delta
  45. Vermont: White River Junction
  46. Virginia: Ashland
  47. Washington: Pullman
  48. West Virginia: Harrisville
  49. Wisconsin: Sheboygan
  50. Wyoming: Cokeville
Did your hometown make the list?

Mine didn’t, and I beg to differ with some of the choices. OK, I  love Bozeman, Littleton, Marlborough, Sheboygan, White River Junction and many more of these fine towns. But Niles? Seriously? (There’s a story … don’t even ask.)

Do you agree or disagree with the BBW selections?

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by Paul Klee
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  1. I can't really say. Since I've never set foot in the U.S. Just dropped by to say hi!


  2. I don't agree with all of those choices either.

  3. Varnell, GA? I'd never even heard of it. I searched it...population about 1,500. It may be safe but it sounds like the kids will be bored to death.

  4. I agree with you. Niles????? Of all the town in Illinois, they chose Niles?

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  5. I'm in Atlanta, Georgia, have been here since I was 12 years old (that's...oh...a few years now...!) and I've never heard of Varnell either. A population of 1500 doesn't exactly meet my need for "diversity". I'm sure it's a lovely place though!



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