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Ever Wonder How CNN Makes Their “Top Places To Live” List?

Phoenix bird photoThe methodology is more scientific than you may think. Here’s how they do it.

Start with all U.S. towns with populations between 50,000 and 300,000. Screen out places with a median family income of more than 200 percent or less than 85 percent of the state average. Then, screen out places with more than 95% of one race and those with poor education and crime scores. Exclude retirement communities and towns with major job losses.

Rank the rest based on job growth, home affordability, safety, school quality, health care, arts and leisure, diversity, and several ease-of-living criteria.

Factor in more data on the economy (including the fiscal strength of state and local governments), plus jobs, housing, health care, and happiness. Give the most weight to economic data.

Visit towns and interview residents; assess traffic, parks, and gathering places; and consider intangibles like community spirit.

Finally, select the winner based on the data and reporting.

Scottsdale, Arizona is MY best place to live.  Nothing beats Arizona sunsets, midnight swims in my pool during hot summers and being surrounded by the amazing Sonoran desert landscape.  Scottsdale has so many wonderful amenities such as hiking, biking, shopping, exquisite and eclectic dining even skiing is only a short drive north to Flagstaff.   The valley’s housing market continuous to boom.  The “valley of the sun” is still growing and it’s an excellent time to buy or invest in real estate.  If you are considering moving to Scottsdale or surrounding areas – give me a call (480) 980-8286!  I know this area like the back of my hand and can help you find the right home, in the right neighborhood that meets your needs and lifestyle.

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