America’s Best Places to Live, 2011

Yahoo! Real Estate, August 15, 2011

{snip} A team of seven MONEY reporters spent months combing through reams of data provided by OnBoard Informatics and other sources and fanning out across the country to identify small towns (those with populations of less than 50,000) that stand out in the qualities American families care about most.

The goal: Find the best combination of job opportunities, fiscal strength, top-notch schools, safe streets, good healthcare, cultural and outdoor activities, even nice weather. The result: MONEY’s 100 Best Places to Live. The top 10 follow.

No. 10–Chanhassen, MN

Population: 23,000

Unemployment: 5.5%

Despite some 2011 budgetary brouhahas in the state of Minnesota, Chanhassen has plenty going for it–including good jobs right within its borders (manufacturing and technology company Emerson is based here), evening diversion (the Chanhassen Dinner Theater is the nation’s oldest and largest), and nature galore (34 parks, 11 lakes, and the enormous Minnesota Landscape Arboretum). The town’s new state-of-the-art high school has racked up some national awards in just its second year. {snip}

No. 9–Mukilteo, WA

Population: 20,300

Unemployment: 8.2%

{snip} And the town is spending to beef up its attractions: A new 29,000-square-foot community center debuted in February, and historic Lighthouse Park recently got a makeover. {snip}

No. 8–Middleton, WI

Population: 17,400

Unemployment: 5.1%

{snip} Its walkable downtown has plenty of good restaurants, shops, and quirky attractions (National Mustard Museum, anyone?). {snip}

No. 7–Liberty, MO

Population: 29,100

Unemployment: 7.6%

{snip} The school district is consistently ranked as one of Missouri’s best; student musicians play in a new state-of-the-art facility, and budding broadcast journalists have their own public-access channel. {snip}

No. 6–Hanover, NH

Population: 8,600

Unemployment: 4.4%

{snip}

No. 5–Papillion, NE

Population: 18,900

Unemployment: 4.2%

Nebraska, sexy? You’d better believe it. With agriculture booming, towns here are showing employment and housing-market strength that’s the envy of the coasts.

{snip}

No. 4–Leesburg, VA

Population: 42,600

Unemployment: 4.1%

Leesburg, which snuggles up to the Virginia-Maryland border, offers proximity to plenty of good jobs not just in government but also in defense contracting, consulting, and technology. True, commutes can be abysmal. {snip} On the negative side, there are some run-down neighborhoods.

No. 3–Solon, OH

Population: 23,300

Unemployment: 8.2%

{snip}

Culture? Solon has its own philharmonic orchestra. Schools? Solon was the highest-achieving district in Ohio last year. And the student body is diverse: 11% of residents are black, 10% Asian. {snip}

No. 2–Milton, MA

Population: 27,000

Unemployment: 6.6%

Milton is just minutes from the jobs and culture of Boston but feels in places like a country getaway. Tree-lined streets are dotted with historic homes. Single-family home prices have remained essentially unchanged since the market’s peak in 2005. One major reason for this stability is the outstanding school system, which boasts six brand-new buildings and offers such rich opportunities as a French immersion program that begins in elementary school. {snip}

No. 1–Louisville, CO

Population: 18,400

Unemployment: 6.3%

This sunny, lively mountain town is safe (crime rates are among the lowest in Colorado) and easy to navigate. {snip} Its schools consistently rank among the top three academically in the Denver area. {snip}

[Editor’s Note: Though the MONEY team’s analysis did not consider racial diversity, all of these cities are overwhelmingly white and have very few NAMs (Non-Asian Minorities). In fact, 7 of the top 10 cities boast fewer that 10 percent NAMs. The only city with more than 20 percent NAMs is Leesburg, VA, which the authors note has “some run-down neighborhoods.” Below are the percentages of whites and Asians for each top ten city.]

Chanhassen, MN: 90.8% white, 4.6% Asian

Mukilteo, WA: 75.4% white, 15.7% Asian

Middleton, WI: 88.1% white, 3.6% Asian

Liberty, MO: 92.3% white, 0.4% Asian

Hanover, NH: 83.9% white, 8.9% Asian

Papillion, NE: 93% white, 1.5 % Asian

Leesburg, VA: 72.8% white, 6.7% Asian

Solon, OH: 80.4% white, 8.9% Asian

Milton, MA: 82.5% white, 4.9% Asian

Louisville, CO: 91.17% white, 3.55% Asian

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  • Mike B.

    Well OBVIOUSLY, all those lucky towns are racist. What other explanation COULD there be??

    /sarcasm

    P.S. This is what the ENTIRE U.S. was like before the ‘wonderful’ Immigration Act of 1965 (which only allowed approximately 15% European immigration), when Teddy Kennedy promised, “the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset.”

  • ProudtobeWhite

    What are the percentages of blacks in these towns? That is the true indicator of quality of life, crime, safe schools, etc.

  • Whiteness: Endangered Species

    90% of them are states that were always Free Soil. They knew better than to allow slavery. Now they reap the rewards of avoiding the Diversity Curse. Lincoln complained that wherever you have slavery, you get mongrel mulatto babies, which is the worst offense against God imaginable.

    These states are missing an opportunity to rub it in Dixie’s face by declaring that their lack of Diversity makes life livable, and the South was wrong, after all.

    But they won’t. They’ll form a commission to “study their deplorable lack of Diversity”.

  • GreatNorthWoods

    Notice that none of these desirable places are in the south either with the exception of Leesburg, VA. For all intents and purposes northern VA is just an extension of the DC and BOSWASH corridor anyway.

    GNW

  • Anonymous

    Do any of these statistics really surprise anybody? They are mostly WHITE communities.

  • NAVY

    The best place to live in America is and always has been California.

    Money’s current top ten list points to educational and technolgical progress within the states listed.

    Although it is a privelege for America to witness advancement in cities and towns across America, it would be unwise for America to steer whites away from the best places to live only to give room to non-whites from the third world who will burn our constitution for a color TV.

  • david

    These are all upscale suburbs. I could be wrong, but I’d guess there arent a lot of working and middle class white Americans in these towns. Could someone correct me?

  • Anonymous

    how could they be the best places to live and not celebrate diversity? i don’t understand.

  • Bernie

    “Notice that none of these desirable places are in the south either with the exception of Leesburg, VA. For all intents and purposes northern VA is just an extension of the DC and BOSWASH corridor anyway.”

    Leesburg is in northern Virginia. Just a 45 minute drive to DC. It is a traditional Southern town that is being invaded by SWPL types.

  • white guy

    thank you Amren for posting this! I sent james edwards this so I guess you guys picked up on it. thanks!

  • OleWhiteSchoolmarm

    Yeah – and why do you think so many of us are leaving the unsafe cities and moving to towns like those???

  • No way

    I live in one of those towns. I can tell you this, yes, very safe, but there was a rape of a girl walking at night on a back trail (behind the house) by a ‘hispanic’ man. And almost every time I go out, I see a black of some sort. Mostly, they are the ‘oreo’ type of blacks, trying to be white, they mostly are that type. We had a few ‘new arrivals’ in a town next door, and they ‘stood out’ like a sore thumb. They have since moved on, as there is no ‘black culture’ and my god, they looked pretty goofy walking around. A blond and black guy moved in close by, as I moved out. I just saw another white with black guy in the same ‘hood’. Weekends tend to be ‘hispanic’ at the Walmart, but they have always been around. Alot more Asian, and a few Indians. College town up the way has quite a few of this and that, including full burquas. So, as one who notices, its not as ‘white’ as you might think any longer. The state has also received the overload of Californians and New Yorkers fleeing diversity, and turned the state ‘purple’ from red. Look up the book ‘whiteopia’ written by a black guy. But yes, we are slowly being invaded, a huge level of section 8 housing would be a total disaster.

  • Anonymous

    “A team of seven MONEY reporters spent months combing through reams of data provided by OnBoard Informatics and other sources and fanning out across the country to identify small towns (those with populations of less than 50,000) that stand out in the qualities American families care about most.

    The goal: Find the best combination of job opportunities, fiscal strength, top-notch schools, safe streets, good healthcare, cultural and outdoor activities, even nice weather. The result: MONEY’s 100 Best Places to Live.”

    OBVIOUSLY the ‘racists’ at CNNMoney do not value DIVERSITY and ‘the qualities American families care about most’ do not include DIVERSITY (except for obligatory PC MC rhetorical purposes) and ‘fiscal strength, top-notch schools, safe streets’ are obviously incompatible with DIVERSITY.

    I think CNNMoney should be pilloried by NAACP, La Raza and $PLC for de facto racism and required to attend re-education camps to purge themselves of their hatethink and white privilege attitudes.

  • SS

    These towns aren’t White. They all have asians in them.

    I understand a great number of people aren’t bothered by asians but I for one would like to see at least a few White Communities that are just for White People.

    It would be nice to have a choice. If you want to live with only White People then here are your choices of Towns but if you don’t here’s the other list…

    White People need their own areas ’cause when they don’t, they get the likes starvation protests, redistricting, “representation” and the other well known never ending stream of “gimme cause I’m a minority” shakedowns.

  • Sureesh

    If I could take a pill to become white, I would. Those white towns sound so quaint and peaceful.

  • Anonymous

    7 — david wrote at 9:38 PM on August 16:

    These are all upscale suburbs. I could be wrong, but I’d guess there arent a lot of working and middle class white Americans in these towns. Could someone correct me?

    ——-

    Louisvile, Colorado does not appear to be “upscale,”, nor is it a suburb. It is a free- standing, fairly isolated town outside the modestly sized Fort Collins, or Boulder, depending on perspective. It is / was rural, farming based. White, WHITE!

    Peaceful, no bruthas yet, God, I hope.

    Colorado Springs was ranked as the top city in the USA a few years ago by USA today, I think…

    That’s kaput, now that we’re mestizo central, and blessed with the flower of blackness… hatians, some africans, and lots of afro american dregs washing in from the hellholes of LA, etc.

    Good times!

    Colorado Springs, RIP.

  • Oldwhitedevil

    @ david

    Speaking of the devil, why, Amren has your answer right in their link section with: http://www.epodunk.com/

    Also, you can try http://www.city-data.com/

    These sites will give you much info on demographics, racial makeup, and how much money everyone has or is making, and a lot more.

  • Luke

    Might I remind the staff of AR that our hostile, virulently anti-white, white genocide obsessed alien ruling elites in Washington, D.C. are scouring this nation, consulting those nosy questions about race that they added to the US census – and intentionally looking for cities, communities, small town rural areas such as those listed in this article, and that is where these hostile ruling elites are maliciously deciding to resettle these endless boat-loads of Bantu Somalis and other Africans or non-whites from the Third World?

    Now, I realize that these hostile elites can probably use the same methods you used to compile their list of white communities to be targeted for destruction, but is it really a smart idea to help them?

    Whites may as well erect a big bill board on both sides of town that says: “Send the next boat load of parasitical, crime prone, non-skilled, non-English speaking, dangerous non-whites to our town, PLEASE!”

  • Anonymous

    How does one explain that Leesburg’s with a population of 20.5 percent Black or Hispanic or Native American and the lowest percentage of White (72.8) is only outranked by three towns?

    Leesburg even has the lowest unemployment rate(4.1) of the ten.

    Even though most of these towns are occupied by Whites and Asians

    this is due to socio-economic class. Recent immigrants face

    a different job market which requires advanced degree than immigrants in the past .

    There was a time when limited education was not an hinderance in obtaining a well-paying job . Today, among immigrants Asian Americans usually are often educated (or from a culture which

    values education ) upon entering the United States .

    Many other minorites are coming out of a school system not preparing them adequately for today’s job market or are immigrants arriving with little or no education , thus limiting their chance of obtaining a high paying job.

  • Preston

    @NAVY. If this were 1964, I would agree with you wholeheartedly. Granted, there are nice little towns left, maybe pockets of tranquility in the Sierra foothills. But the demographic shift that has taken place over the last 40 years or so has made the major urban areas of California much less desirable, even uninhabitable.

  • Sammy

    “The best place to live in America is and always has been California…”

    This was only true for a portion of the 20th century. Not before, and certainly not now.

    In fact, California is often used as a warning for the rest of the US at this point- ‘They went from prosperity to wallowing in a bankrupt sea of 3rd world illegals. They drive away business, drive up housing prices, drive up unemployment, pay in IOUs, punish and steal from the law-abiding, to give to the wrongdoers. You want your towns to end up like this? Don’t vote democrat.’

  • mark

    #7 david

    I live in Mukilteo, WA and work as an engineer at Boeing located just a few miles away. The town is about 20 miles north of Seattle but i definitely wouldn’t consider it a suburb.

    #8 SS

    You are absolutely right. There are too many Asians. Around here a lot of them are employed by Boeing and, unfortunately, they bring their entire families to US. Makes me wonder, with so many unemployed or underemployed white, American engineers.

    However, given a choice, i will take Asians any day over blacks or mexicans.

  • Anonymous

    Milton, MA has a high black population. More than half of the public high school is black. Most of the whites there started sending their children to other schools beginning in the 90s. There are some stately old neighborhoods in Milton, filled with mansions and wealthy liberals. Part of the town borders Mattapan, which is similar to Compton, CA. What looks good on paper isn’t always reality.

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  • SS

    Hello Mark,

    I’m opposite. I’ll take blacks and Hispanics over Asians any day.

    Blacks and Hispanics aren’t near as bad in my opinion. Yes, they commit most of the crime but that can be controlled if People really want it to be but Asians on the other hand, have the ability to memorize plus they have Affirmative Action and a variety of other Asian based set-asides and privileges and that catapults them right into our all our best positions which puts them in charge of us.

    Also, stink bugs which destroy entire crops of food did not come from blacks or Hispanics. Tree eating bugs did not come from blacks or Hispanics either.

    No offense but like I said, I know many White People don’t mind Asians and that is why I want White Towns for only White People and everybody else can live together. That’s all.

    Also, I know what Asians have done to our Middle Class Wages.

    I myself will not stand for some Third World Alien to be in charge of me be it via Congress, Governor, Management, “business owner” or otherwise. I just want a few areas where White People can live and not be bothered with non-whites of any sort.

    Where there is one non-white, you will surely find another and then before you know it, they “need” “representation” and a ton of other things because they’re a “minority”. It never ends. The only way to stop that is to not allow them into White Areas.

  • Anonymous

    I live a stone’s throw away from Leesburg, Va., and I can attest that the community’s livability has nothing to do with the sizable (crime-prone) black and Hispanic communities and everything to do with the growth over the past 20 years of upscale, educated Northern Virginia (i.e., metro Washington, D.C.) commuters. In addition to new housing and retailing, Leesburg has a marvelous downtown historic district of pre-Civil War structures. It’s been a draw for many talented whites, despite the presence of the black and Hispanic lower classes and the followers of cult-wacko politician Lyndon LaRouche, who lives in the immediate area.

  • Question Diversity

    I’ve always thought there was something scammy or payola-ish about these magazines’ “best places to live” rankings. I brought up Louisville, CO up to someone I follow on Twitter who lives Denver, and he tells me Louisville isn’t as great as these rankings suggest, but some editor or some important media person lives there and wants to protect his or her home values.

  • Anonymous

    One of the posters mentioned Boulder, Colorado. This place is a liberals dream and has plenty of blacks living there, most are students{?} at the college. And race mixing is common and diversity encouraged. No thanks to living in Boulder. The liberals ruined that city.

  • Anonymous

    “How does one explain that Leesburg’s with a population of 20.5 percent Black or Hispanic or Native American and the lowest percentage of White (72.8) is only outranked by three towns?”

    According to Wikipedia: “The racial makeup of Leesburg is 83.29% White, 9.20% African American, 0.19% Native American, 2.61% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.53% from other races, and 2.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.89% of the population.” So actually, Leesburg is 86% White or Asian and only 9 percent black.

  • Anonymous

    “How does one explain that Leesburg’s with a population of 20.5 percent Black or Hispanic or Native American and the lowest percentage of White (72.8) is only outranked by three towns?”

    You failed to read this sentence about Leesburg: “On the negative side, there are some run-down n (ie: black) neighborhoods.”

  • Anonymous

    Anon#29 ” Actually Leesburng is 86% White or Asian ”

    But all the other seven towns that Leesburg outranks have more Whites or Asians. For example, Papillion has 94.5 percent Asian or White and Liberty 92.7 . And the figure you cited from Wikipedia came from the 2000 census. I am actually going with percentage from the article which is more recent.

  • Anonymous

    #30 wrote .. there are some run down (ie black)neighborhood.

    You are assuming that it is(black) since the author didnot state

    so. And even if it is, it is still rank better than six towns.

    And look at Solon which ranks higher than Leesburng with a black

    population of 11 percent .

  • Anonymous

    29 — Anonymous wrote at 5:02 PM on August 17:

    “How does one explain that Leesburg’s with a population of 20.5 percent Black or Hispanic or Native American and the lowest percentage of White (72.8) is only outranked by three towns?”

    According to Wikipedia: “The racial makeup of Leesburg is 83.29% White, 9.20% African American,

    5 percent black is the tipping point. 9 percent means the blacks will be out of control. The parents may be affirmative action government employees, but their children will destroy the schools and be responsible for shoplifting, robbery, assault and rapes of Whites and typical black behavior.

  • Anonymous

    One of the posters mentioned Boulder, Colorado. This place is a liberals dream and has plenty of blacks living there, most are students{?} at the college.

    Boulder has a very high rate of black on White crime, especially rape.

  • Mike H.

    I remember reading that most magazines/sites/etc that list the top 10 best places to live in America no longer list any city that’s above 90% white(I read this on Amren, it was an article a few years back if I remember correctly). I wonder if the MONEY reporters did this while denying it. I wouldn’t be surprised.

  • rjf101

    I doubt any of these areas are very affordable. Can’t they take home values and cost of living into consideration? The people who compile these lists need to understand that we’re not all made of money.

  • TeamAmerica

    Milton, MA, situated right next to the murdur capital of Massachusetts, Mattapan (aka Murdurpan). This well to do bedroom community is choc full of latte sipping liberals. Although they live next to and travel through one of the most crime invested boroughs in New England they are more than happy to support raging liberals such as Duval Patrick (black governor) and Barrack Obama. Driving through Mattapan literaly gives one the feeling that they are in third world country. Even when slapped in the face daily with the stark contrast of noble European culture (whats left of it) and crude third world culture, they cant help throw their votes away to the agents of white demise. This pheonomenon is percisley why whites are becoming dispossesed in OUR native land. It is utterly maddening.

  • Minerva

    @Luke-post 18: My sentiments exactly. Lists like this lets the government know where to plant the next batch of Somalis. Keep an eye on these places; I’m sure that in a couple of years they will be dropped from this sort of list as the wonders of diversity take hold.

  • Browser

    11 — OleWhiteSchoolmarm wrote at 10:44 PM on August 16:

    “Yeah – and why do you think so many of us are leaving the unsafe cities and moving to towns like those???”

    __ __ __ __

    I wont argue with you (because you’re right); but let me point out that this flight has been going on for half a century now. Even so, only a generation later, those who fled the, ahem, “unsafe cities” [putting it politely] are followed by those they fled from (i.e. those who made it unsafe). Then they, or their children, have to flee again. And again. It’s nothing new. It’s the American saga.

    Flight, traditionally, was the only defense that white Americans had left (at least those without big money)… but that gate is now being closed. There will be no getting away.

    And my kudos to Luke and Minerva for pointing out that those hostile, white-hating, genocide-bent elites who rule us from Washington (and elsewhere) are scouring the map for dangerously white communities to be the recipients of the next planeload of Bantus — or whatever flotsam the Third World can provide for our diversification and “enrichhment”. So don’t count on these places remaining desirable and white for too long. Shining a spotlight on them is doing them no favor.

    Most of America was once like all of these nice places. It was the norm; it was taken for granted. Those of us who are old enough have seen place after place fall, one after another. Now, magazines seek out a top ten, when there were once thousands! It doesn’t take long to transform a lovely, quiet town into a multiculty, poverty-stricken, crime-ridden, filth-strewn, run-down, bankrupt, racially-enriched hellhole. [Just what the elites love! For you, that is, not them.] Whole states have seen it happen (just ask any Californian about the paradise that once was California… they’ll tell you!).