CNNMoney.com has Money Magazine’s “Top 100 Best Places to Live” list up.
The list factors in numerous items. There are several items included in broad categories of financial, housing, education, quality of life, leisure and culture, weather, health and neighborhood demographics.
Plymouth, MN, a suburb of Minneapolis takes top honors.
Arizona placed five cities on the list: Gilbert (#28), Chandler (#30), Scottsdale (#47) and Peoria (#55). Hmmm, apparently the east side rules”¦
Curiously, not one single Arizona city made the Top 100 list in 2007.
Here is the page with Gilbert’s breakdown in the various categories.
I’m not real sure if there is a whole lot of value in comparing statistics to determine “the best place to live”. Much of why people love (or hate) where they live goes far beyond demographics and statistics.
None the less, for a stats junkie such as myself, there is a ton of interesting data to be gleaned form this list. Some of it is interesting ”” like the fact that there are 3,384 restaurants within 15 miles of Gilbert (or more importantly, 253 public golf courses within 30 miles). But I’m not sure I need to know, or care, that the average body mass index of Gilbert residents is 27.