Who knew? So says CNN and BestPlaces.net.
Specific criteria used in making up the list of best places follow:
* Population growth: We wanted positive growth since 1990.
* Near major metropolitan area: within 100 miles.
* Housing cost: below $350,000, with a few exceptions. We’re showing current median housing prices (asking prices) for single-family houses.
* Cost of living: No more than 20 percent above the national average.
* Economic health: current unemployment rate below 4 percent and job growth greater than 10 percent for the past five years.
* College presence: one or more major and/or highly competitive college in the vicinity.
* Recreation and arts and culture score in the top third for nearby major metropolitan areas.
This is a good place to start if you are looking for homes in the Charlottesville area.
(Take that, Jeremy! 🙂 )
Update: Move.com mentions the survey as well, as does the Boomer Chronicles.
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Housing costs b/t $350000-400000? Charlottesville’s a beautiful place to visit, but I still like coming home to the NRV! Congrats on the honor!
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