If you have ever wanted to know which cities in the United States were the at the top of the short list for being the absolute best places to live and work, then we have your answer right here. We looked at 125 of the largest and most populated cities in the United States and used some science and math to figure out which ten cities ranked the best places in America to put down some roots.
Now is a smart time to lease to own homes in Charlotte, NC. The city of Charlotte is one of the best places in the country for overall job growth and career opportunities. In addition, Charlotte is the second largest banking hub in America behind Wall Street. It is also one of the most romantic cities in America, one of the top cities where Millennials are moving, one of the top craft beer cities, and a quickly growing culinary hotspot. Charlotte’s local slogan “It has a lot.”, is not just fluff.
For anyone who has spent a significant amount of time in Tampa, Florida knows that Tampa is overflowing with fine art, diverse culture, delicious food, stunning weather and festivals of all kinds throughout the year. The Tampa Bay area is one of the best places in American to settle down and buy or rent-to-own a home.
Portland, OR is one of the fastest growing and most affordable places to live in the country. The picturesque beauty of the Pacific Northwest is the backdrop for this city and draws in a young and vibrant mix of like-minded professionals. The tech and green industries here are thriving and are creating a wonderful opportunity for growth for a new generation of Americans. Portland consistently ranks among the best cities in America for any number of topics, for example; Portland has been crowned with such titles as one of the friendliest cities, healthiest cities, and most livable cities.
Every year more than 50 million people visit Orlando, FL. Most of those visitors head to golf courses, resorts, entertainment venues, or theme parks. However, Orlando is far more than just a pure tourist attraction, the cities wild growth and surge in population signals a healthy economy and a desirable place to call home.
Orlando is projected to become one of the hottest real estate markets in the country in 2018. An unexpected shift to say the least since the Orlando Metro area led the nation in foreclosures just three years ago. However, Analysts at Zillow are expecting a near six percent increase in prices. That rise would put Orlando a full point above the national expected average growth and mark it as the #1 city in America regarding price increases but still leaves Orlando well below its price peak from 11 years ago. (more…)
Have you ever wondered which cities in the good ole USA have the friendliest folks? Not every town is the same and not every place has the same type of people. Some folks are a little more rough around the edges, and others are as kind as can be. Some will hold open a door for you and others are downright inconsiderate to a point they hardly notice your presence. While we realize there is no trophy or plaque for being voted the friendliest town in all the land there is, however, a great sense of pride in knowing that a city you live in is filled with smiling eyes and warm hearts.
Well, we did some research on this topic. Over the past year, we’ve been surveying our readers and users to tell us the top 10 cities they believe to be the friendliest cities in the United States. We asked questions about their experiences in cities they had visited, and we asked them to rate these cities on a range of factors about friendliness. These items included how accessible the city was to navigate, how friendly service was in a restaurant, did anyone in the town assist with directions and many other related questions. We did all this to bring you the ultimate top 10 list of the friendliest cities in the United States. Check out the results.
The country music capital of the world is home to Nashville, Tennessee. Also is known as “Music City” because music is rooted deep into the very heart and soul of Nashville. You can always find live music playing in Nashville at any one of over 150 live music venues dotted throughout town. Nashville is the home of the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. Not to mention the Gaylord Opryland resort and convention center which hosts the Grand Ole Opry. And if that were not enough to sooth your ears, there’s also over 60 musical events and festivals throughout the year including the CMA Fest and the Americana Music Festival.
Chicago is one of the best places to live in America. There are so many reasons to fall in love with Chicago. It has gorgeous architecture, great weather, amazing food, sandy beaches on Lake Michigan, a storied and unsavory history, great sporting venues, and really awesome people. Chicago really does have it all. It has the upbeat fast paced lifestyle of New York City rolled into Midwestern charm. But of all the reasons to love Chi-town, the housing market is probably the best one. (more…)
Indianapolis (or as the natives call it “Indy”) is the capital city of Indiana and also the largest city in the state. Indy is host to over 700 businesses but really thrives on tourism which has become a billion dollar industry for the city. Of these attractions, Indianapolis is most known for playing host to the Indianapolis 500 auto race but there are many other attractions that draw people to this city. It’s also home to the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts, as well as the NBA’s Indiana Pacers. There are also many great conventions are hosted in Indy as well, perhaps most notably GenCon which is the largest tabletop gaming convention in the world. The layout of downtown in Indy shows off the cities organizational skills, Indy is connected by walkway to the convention center, Circle Centre Mall, numerous hotels, and Lucas Oil Stadium which makes getting around the downtown area quite easy for visitors.
Indianapolis is the economic heavyweight in Indiana and drives nearly 40 percent of the state’s economy. The economy in Indy is composed primarily of retail and service industries in large part brought about when the city quadrupled tourism and doubled its hotel space in the late 80’s. Indy is doing something right because in 2016 its’ gross product reached $135 billion which accounted for 39.9 percent of the entire state’s gross product. 2017 is expected to reach $142 billion. In addition, both wages and employment are up in Indy with nearly 3 million new jobs and nearly a 3% rise in average income. Clearly Indianapolis is a growing and thriving metropolis.
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One of the great things that the people of Indy say about the town is that it’s got all the amenities of a world class city but the people are still down to earth. It’s not uncommon to see people willing to lend a hand to those in need. Indy is not too big and it’s also not too small, most would say it’s just the right size. Commute times are cut to a minimum with well designed and maintained highways, plus the downtown areas’ “quad” layout and walkways makes it a breeze to get around.
Indy has one of the lowest costs of living in the country. Do a Google search on this subject and you’ll find numerous articles citing Indy as one of the most affordable places to live. Low taxes, low utility costs, short commuter times, low home prices, above average median incomes all make Indy an ideal place to start a career and build wealth.
On top of all of this, homeownership in Indy is not out of reach for most of its populous. In the later decades of the 20th century housing prices were roughly 2 times the average income. This made housing easily affordable for most people. The median home price in Indianapolis is a low $134,000 while the median household income is $55,000. This makes the cost of a home in Indy 2.4 times the average income. This figure is far closer to the norm of the late 20th century than we see in many places around the country that are seeing home prices jump as high as 10 times the average income levels. And for those that still can’t afford a home in Indy there are still options such as rent-to-own homes in Indianapolis to consider.
The Seattle metro is one of the best places in the country to live, conduct business, and visit. This is evident by the fact that it is home to a number of globally recognized companies (Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks, Alaska Airlines, Costco, Boeing, Nordstrom, Weyerhaeuser, and REI), a growing small and minority-owned businesses, highly skilled workers, cutting-edge research facilities and thriving industry clusters. It is really no surprise Seattle was named by Kiplinger’s as one of the “10 Best Cities for the Next Decade.” The widely diverse population of 3.8 million residents are sure to provide many cultural events, economic opportunities, and educational experiences. With all of this Seattle is poised to continue its “Best City” reputation for the next decade (more…)