Another Day, Another List

Charlottesville is again the best place to live. I had to double-check the link to make sure that this was for 2009; I was certain it was for 2005.

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, most areas of this idyllic city are accessible by foot or bicycle. Charlottesville enjoys clean air and water, and pleasant weather year-round, highlighted by especially beautiful fall foliage. Nearby Shenandoah National Park offers a wealth of recreation opportunities. Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia, which strengthens the area’s healthy economy by providing steady jobs and a wealth of amenities and entertainment. Homes are not cheap (median home price $225,000), but the cost of living is manageable. The city’s low unemployment rate and significant recent job growth promise continued prosperity. As more and more people learn about this year’s best city, Charlottesville may find staying affordable and sprawl-free is its greatest challenge!

Is there any ranking organization other than Just curious.

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  1. michael guthrie January 19, 2010 at 15:15

    I wasn’t sure this was current either when I ran across it earlier this AM. I was happy to see we ranked in the Top 20 (13) as a most secure mid-sized city as well.

  2. Jim Duncan January 19, 2010 at 19:05

    I thought so, too until I went to their main page and clicked through the “best places” link …

    My response is still “meh” … 🙂

    1. Jim Duncan January 19, 2010 at 23:08


      “Meh” is an interjection, often an expression of apathy, indifference, or boredom. However, it can also be used to indicate agreement or disagreement. It can also be an adjective, meaning mediocre or boring.[1]


      The word gained popularity as a result of its use on The Simpsons. It was used in a 1994 episode, “Sideshow Bob Roberts,” when a librarian reacts to Lisa’s surprise that voting records are not classified, and also in “Lisa’s Wedding” after Marge weaves “Hi Bart” on a loom to try to pique his interest in weaving and he says “meh.” Lisa, in the 2001 episode “Hungry, Hungry Homer”, spells out the word for emphasis, after Homer tries to interest her and Bart into going to a theme park



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