WalletHub has published a national report, “2016’s Best Small Cities in America”. Analysts examined 1,268 cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 and made an assessment using 30 key indicators of livability. Those indicators range from “housing costs” to “school-system quality” to “number of restaurants per capita”.
Given the large sample of cities ranked in this study, WalletHub grouped cities in percentiles, with a 99th percentile representing the top 1 percent of small cities in America.
The following Bay Area cities (and their percentile ratings) are listed in this study:
“To determine the best small cities in America, WalletHub’s analysts compared 1,268 cities across five key dimensions: 1) Affordability, 2) Economic Health, 3) Education & Health, 4) Quality of Life and 5) Safety. For our sample, we selected cities with population sizes between 25,000 and 100,000 and considered only the “city proper” in each case, excluding cities in the surrounding metro area.
The analysts then evaluated the dimensions using 30 relevant metrics. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale, with 100 representing the most favorable conditions for small-city residents. Finally, we calculated overall scores for each city based on the weighted average across all metrics and used the results to construct our ranking.” For more information about this methodology and to see the complete list of cities ranked, visit the WalletHub website.
See link to see how each of the five key dimensions are evaluated and the total points given for each. Sources: Data used to create this ranking were collected from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Areavibes, County Health Rankings, Yelp and WalletHub research.
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