Here & There – 2018 Top Ten
2018 Top Ten
U.S. News & World Report recently released its third annual ranking of America’s 125 largest metropolitan areas based on affordability, job prospects and quality of life. The study analyzed survey responses from 3,000 people, as well as data collected from the U.S. Census, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the FBI Uniform Crime Report and other U.S. News rankings.
Although Decatur didn’t make the list, we were curious to see how our city stacked up to the “best.” Results were surprising. On the table below, we took the average of the top ten cities to compare Decatur’s data. Decatur comes out on top in almost every category, scoring highest in living well for less, which is based on the cost of living index, median home prices and free or affordable cultural arts offerings. Decatur also has the lowest property taxes and best air quality by a huge margin over any of the top ten.
Vital Statistics Decatur, IL Top 10 Average
Population: 71,435 456,396
Median HH Income: $38,124 $60,269
Median Home Price: $78,300 $283,606
Average Monthly Rent: $650 $1,064
Cost of Living Index: 83.6 89.7
(US Average 100)
Air Quality Index: 55.4 75
(US Average 74.7)
Crime Rate Index: 352.8 418
(higher = more crime, US Average 280.5)
3070 Turpin Road
Square Feet: 3,920
Lot Size: 1.67 acres
Year Built: 1999
Private sunroom off master suite, lower level in-law suite, wrap around deck and secluded landscaped yard.
5504 Hummingbird Lane
Square Feet: 1,206
Lot Size: small lot
Year Built: 1935
Partially remodeled one-story, fully fenced, hardwood floors, back & front patios, no HOA fees.
Here & There is sponsored by Vieweg Real Estate in Decatur.
The US News & World Report Top Ten Best Places to Live include Austin, TX, Colorado Springs, CO, Denver, CO, Des Moines, IA, Fayetteville, AR, Portland, OR, Huntsville, AL, Washington DC, Minneapolis-St Paul, MN, and Seattle, WA.
This article originally appeared in the December 2018/January 2019 issue of Decatur Magazine. It may not be reproduced or redistributed in whole or in part without the publisher’s consent.
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