Missouri Landlord Tenant Laws

Missouri is generally considered to be a landlord-friendly state, mostly due to the relative ease of eviction for non-payment as compared to some other states. However, Missouri tenants do have some significant protections under state law (especially as regards security deposits), and both parties in any lease agreement should be fully aware of them.

One important thing to keep in mind is that each city and county has their own ordinances that may supplant state law, and each will have their own paperwork requirements in order to handle things like evictions. Also keep in mind that while all of the information here is up to date and accurate as of this publication, none of this should be taken as legal advice or a replacement for the assistance of a qualified lawyer.

What Laws Cover Landlord-Tenant Relationships in Missouri?

Landlord and tenant relationships are primarily covered by Mo. Rev. Stat. 441.005-441.880 and 535.010-535.300. Information about small claims court proceedings can be found in Mo. Rev. Stat. 482.

Security Deposit Rules

There are no statutes requiring landlords to charge interest on security deposits, nor are there any rules about non-refundable fees, pet deposits, receipts for deposits, record keeping for deposit withholdings or keeping security deposits in a separate bank account.
Landlords are restricted to charging no more than two months rent for a security deposit, according to Mo. Rev. Stat. 535.300. Landlords are required to return the security deposit within 30 days after the lease ends. They can withhold money from the deposit, but only for certain specific reasons: to cover unpaid rent, to restore the unit to the condition it was given to the tenant in, and to cover actual damages caused by the tenant’s early termination of the lease. The landlord is required by law to attempt to mitigate those damages by re-renting the unit, however, and they must also provide the tenant with an itemized list of charges.

Should the landlord be found to have withheld the security deposit in bad faith, the tenant can recover damages of twice the amount withheld.

Lease, Rent and Fee Rules

There are no statutes on default due dates for rent payments, prior notice of an increase in rent, a grace period for rent payments, late fees, prepaid rent or early termination fees. If late fees or a grace period are going to be established, however, they must be defined clearly in the lease.

Returned check fees do have limitations under Mo. Rev. Stat. 570.120. Landlords can only charge a fee of $25 plus recovery of any fee their bank may have charged.

In most cases, tenants are not allowed to withhold rent for failure to provide essential utilities. However, under Mo. Rev. Stat. 441.650, a tenant in a multi-unit building that has a master meter can petition the circuit court of the county for the property to be put in receivership once they have been notified of a termination of service for nonpayment.

Tenants are allowed to make repairs and deduct them from the rent, under certain specific guidelines listed in Mo. Rev. Stat. 441.234. The tenant has to have been on the premises for at least six months, must not be behind in the rent, and the issue being repaired must directly impact the habitability of the unit. In addition, the tenant must give the landlord 14 days written notice and may not deduct a total amount that exceeds one month of rent in a 12-month period.

Landlords are required to attempt to mitigate damages if a tenant terminates the lease early, including attempting to re-rent the unit as soon as possible. When the tenant quits the property, the landlord must give them 10 days of written notice if they have left any property behind. The landlord may discard the property if the tenant does not respond within 10 days.

Under 041.0944, members of the military are allowed to terminate their lease early should they receive permanent change of station orders, orders to deploy for more than 90 days, orders to reside in government quarters, or are discharged or separate from the armed forces. They are required to provide a copy of official orders along with 15 days written notice to the landlord. Members need only to pay for the rental period they are currently in, and they are entitled to a full return of their security deposit provided that there is no damage to the dwelling or back rent owed.

Notice and Entry Rules

Under Mo. Rev. Stat. 441.060, tenants must give a month’s notice prior to terminating a month-to-month lease, and 60 days notice prior to terminating a yearly lease that has an open end date. There is no statute governing prior notice for week-to-week rental arrangements.

It is possible for landlords to get immediate eviction in Missouri with a court order. The circumstances under which such an order can be obtained are fairly specific and limited, however. The tenant must knowingly invite a person onto the property that they know to be banned from it, engage in drug-related criminal activity on the premises, or create an emergency situation that would either endanger other tenants or cause significant damage to the property. These terms are covered in more detail in Mo. Rev. Stat. 441.740.

Missouri is also one of the few states that allows immediate notice of eviction for non-payment of rent. In reality, with various county and city regulations in play, it will likely take a  landlord anywhere from a week to a month to actually evict the tenant. Termination for a lease violation or for subletting without the landlords permission requires an advance notice of 10 days.

Mo. Rev. Stat. 535.300 addresses move-out inspections. The landlord is required to give the tenant a reasonable amount of notice in writing of the date of the inspection. Tenants have the right to be present at the inspection.

Lockouts and utility shutoffs are never allowed under Missouri law. There are no statutes on notice for forms of entry other than the move-out inspection, for entry during an extended absence or for pesticide use.

Required Disclosures and Notes

Mo. Rev. Stat. 535.185 requires landlords to disclose their name and address to tenants, as well as the name and address of any appointed property managers, prior to the beginning of the lease. There is no statute on providing tenants with a copy of the lease, however.

Landlords are required to keep the premises habitable, make repairs due to ordinary wear and provide written notice to tenants if there is a sale or transfer of the property. Tenants are required to keep the premises clean, use fixtures reasonably and refrain from damaging the property. They must also disclose in writing any knowledge of past methamphetamine production on the property, under Mo. Rev. Stat. 441.236.  Tenants are not allowed to sublet the property without the owner’s permission under Missouri law.

Small Claims Court

The small claims court limit in Missouri is $5,000. Evictions are not heard in small claims court in the state. The statute of limitations on written contracts is 10 years, and is five years for oral contracts.

Realtor Associations in Missouri

Minnesota Landlord Tenant Laws

Minnesota has strong and detailed protections for residential tenants that both renters and landlords should be fully aware of. Legislation was passed in 2010 that made sweeping changes and updates to the state’s rental law, including increased penalties for bad faith retention of a security deposit and added protections for renters who are in foreclosed properties. Landlords and tenants should brush up on rental law if they have not looked at it since that time, as these changes may impact ongoing lease agreements that they already have in place.

Bear in mind that while all of the information printed below is cited by state statute and is accurate at the time of this writing, it should not be considered a replacement for legal advice from a qualified lawyer.

What Laws Cover Landlord-Tenant Relationships in Minnesota?

Minnesota Stat. Ann. 504B is the central set of laws that governs landlord-tenant relationships in the state. There are some special laws that pertain specifically to manufactured homes, and the state publishes a free handbook that directly addresses these ordinances.

Security Deposit Rules

Minnesota has no statute on maximum security deposit amounts, providing a receipt for the deposit, record keeping for deposit withholdings, pet deposits and added fees. Landlords are required to provide interest on security deposits, however. They must provide 1% interest per year, beginning with the first day of the month following receipt of the deposit to the final day of the month in which the deposit is returned (under Stat. Ann. 504B.178).

Landlords are also required to return the deposit to tenants within 21 days of the end of the lease. If the dwelling is legally condemned, however, the landlord has only five days to return the deposit from the date the tenant moves out. Landlords can withhold monies from the deposit for unpaid rent and damages, but they must provide tenants with an itemized list of damages and charges. If the landlord sells or transfers the property, they are required to return the deposit within 60 days. Tenants are not allowed to use the deposit to pay the rent of the final month.

If the landlord fails to comply with any of the provisions of Stat. Ann. 504B.178, they are required to immediately return the deposit in full along with the interest and a penalty equal to the total amount withheld. If a landlord is found to have withheld the security deposit in bad faith, a $500 fine can be added to this amount.

Lease, Rent and Fee Rules

There are no statutes on default rental due dates, grace periods for paying rent without penalty, or returned check fees.
If a landlord wishes to increase rent, Stat. Ann. 504B.177 stipulates that they must give one rental period plus one day of advance  notice. Late fees are not allowed to exceed 8% of the total late amount of rent, and the specific fee amount must be included in the lease. If the tenant pays their rent in cash, the landlord is obligated to give them a written receipt.

Application fees are allowed by Stat. Ann. 504B.173. However, the statute stipulates that the fee must be reasonable, and it must be put toward a background check. It can also only be charged if there is a unit available of the type the tenant is requesting. A written lease is actually only mandatory under state law if the landlord owns a building with 12 or more units, but just about all rental arrangements will voluntarily draw up a written lease to avoid trouble. If there is a written lease, the landlord must provide the tenant with a copy.

Subletting is allowed by state law unless the lease specifically forbids it. However, the original tenant will be held liable for unpaid rent and damages to the dwelling.

Stat. Ann. 504B.425 allows tenants to repair and deduct rent with a court judgement. Landlords are allowed to recover attorney and court fees if they win a court case. There is no statute specifying that landlords have to mitigate damages in the case of an abandoned lease.

Notice and Entry Rules

There are no statutes governing termination of a lease for a violation or requiring landlords to give advance notice of a move-out inspection.

For month-to-month and week-to-week leases, tenants are required to give at least one rental period of advance notice under Stat. Ann. 504B.135. Landlords may terminate a lease for non-payment with 14 days advance notice in writing, and they may issue this notice the first day of the rental period that rent goes unpaid.

Provisions for entry by the landlord are covered under Stat. Ann. 504B.211. A specific amount of time is not specified, but the statute does say that it must be a “reasonable” amount of time. In addition, the statute lays out specific purposes for which the landlord is allowed to enter, such as showing the unit or performing maintenance. Landlords may also enter with notice to check on a tenant who is disturbing other tenants or who may be violating the lease. In housing units where at least 80% of the residents are age 55 or older, landlords and their agents may also enter with notice to perform housekeeping duties. If landlords enter when the tenant is not present, they must post written notice of the entry in a conspicuous place.

This same statute also provides for immediate emergency entry conditions. Emergency entry is allowed when there is evidence of unlawful activity, when law enforcement requests emergency entry to the unit, or when there is reason to believe the safety of the tenant or others in the unit is in question.

Landlords can be fined $100 for each breach of notice and entry rules, and may also have the lease immediately annuled. Lockouts and utility shutoffs are never allowed. If a tenant is evicted, they have 28 days to claim any items left in the property before the landlord is allowed to sell them to recover any rent or damages owed to them. If the landlord places the items in storage, the tenant is liable for the cost of that storage to the date that they pick the items up.

Required Disclosures and Notes

The responsibilities of a landlord are laid out in Stat. Ann. 504B.161. Landlords are required to keep the premises fit for use, perform needed maintenance, keep the premises reasonably energy efficient, and to comply with all applicable laws. They must notify tenants that the Landlords and Tenants Rights and Responsibilities Handbook published by the state is available to them, though they do not have to directly provide a copy. Landlords must also disclose their name and address to the tenant along with that of anyone authorized to manage the property, and they must provide a copy of all inspection and condemnation orders and declarations prior to receiving any deposit or signing a lease.

Tenants are required to not participate in illegal activities. If they are engaging in unlawful activities on the premises, they can be evicted immediately but still be held liable for rent payments for the remainder of their lease. Smoking inside of all common areas of apartment buildings is prohibited by the Minnesota Clean Air Indoor Act.

Minnesota offers protection to tenants who have experienced domestic violence under Stat. Ann. 504B.206. Landlords are allowed to request verification of domestic violence status. Once provided with this, tenants are allowed to terminate the lease immediately with a copy of a no contact or protection order. The tenant will still be required to pay any owed rent to that point plus full rent for the following rental period. Landlords may not disclose any of the information they receive from a victim of domestic violence.

Retaliation is illegal under Stat. Ann. 504B.441. This includes refusal to renew a lease, lease termination or a reduction of services in response to a valid complaint to the landlord or to a government agency.

Small Claims Court

The small claims court limit in Minnesota is $15,000. Evictions are not heard in small claims court in the state.

Minnesota Realtors Associations

Ohio Landlord Tenant Laws

Rental laws in Ohio are covered in Ohio’s Revised Code in Chapter 5321 (titled “Landlords and Tenants”) and Chapter 5323 (titled Residental Rental Property). Some additional relevant information is in Chapter 1923, “Forcible Entry and Detainer,” and Chapter 1319, “Miscellaneous Credit Transactions.” This article aims to give you an overview of the major landlord-tenant laws in Ohio, but for the most up-to-date information, you should consult the code of Ohio itself or legal counsel. In this article, we’ll cover security deposit rules; lease, rent, and fee rules; notice and entry rules; and required disclosures and notes. We’ll close with some information on smalls claims courts, courts in Ohio, and realtor associations.

Security Deposit Rules

Section 16 of Chapter 5321 (5321.16) covers security deposits in Ohio. Interestingly, a tenant begins to earn interest on their security deposit if their tenancy is longer than six months. The rate is five percent per year and is paid on any “security deposit in excess of fifty dollars or one month’s periodic rent, whichever is greater.”

The deadline for landlords to return the deposit is 30 days after the tenant moves out. The landlord can withhold return of the security deposit if they use it to cover past due rent or “damages that the landlord has suffered by reason of the tenant’s noncompliance with section 5321.05 of the Revised Code or the rental agreement.” If they do withhold all or part of the deposit, the landlord must provide an itemized notice to the tenant “within thirty days after termination of the rental agreement and delivery of possession.”

Meanwhile, the tenant is responsible for providing the landlord with a forwarding or new address for delivery of the itemized list. If the landlord withholds the deposit but doesn’t provide the itemized list, the tenant can sue; however, they can only recover damages and attorney fees if they have provided the landlord with a forwarding or new address.

Lease, Rent, and Fee Rules

In Ohio, the lease determines the amount of rent due and any late fees. There are no statutes covering whether a tenant can repair the property and deduct rent, any abandonment or early termination fees, or if a landlord must attempt to mitigate damages. If the landlord doesn’t provide essential services, the tenant can withhold rent. Essential services are covered in sections 5321.04 and include heating and hot water.

Should the tenant decide to withhold rent for a lack of essential services, they must notify the landlord. If the landlord doesn’t remedy the situation within a “reasonable time” or 30 days, whichever is sooner, then the tenant can deposit the rent instead with the “clerk of the municipal or county court having jurisdiction in the territory in which the residential premises are located,” according to section 5231.07. They can also apply to the court to remedy the situation, and while they wait, they may be able to pay reduced rent. The court can also make the landlord use any rent toward remedying the problem. As a final option, the tenant can end the rental agreement.

Two housing situations are not covered by the previous paragraph: housing occupied by students and housing where the landlord “is a party to rental agreements that cover three or fewer dwelling units” and provides the tenant notice of that fact.

There are no statues covering rent grace periods, rent increase notices, or prepaid rent.

Section 1319.16 covers check fees. The fee on a returned check cannot exceed the greater of $30 or 10 percent of the check’s value.

Notice and Entry Rules

If an end date is noted in the lease, then no notice is required: The lease just ends. But section 5321.17 contains provisions for short-term leases. The landlord or tenant can end a week-to-week lease with seven days’ notice, and end a month-to-month lease with thirty days’ notice.

Section 1923.04 covers the notice requirements if a landlord wants to terminate a tenancy for a lease violation or nonpayment. The landlord must give a three-day written notice. The notice must conspicuously contain the following wording:””You are being asked to leave the premises. If you do not leave, an eviction action may be initiated against you. If you are in doubt regarding your legal rights and obligations as a tenant, it is recommended that you seek legal assistance.” Meanwhile, section 1923.02 demands that a landlord begin eviction proceedings if the landlord “has actual knowledge of or has reasonable cause” to suspect a violation of a controlled-substance ordnance, whether by the tenant or someone the tenant has allowed on the premises.

Tenants must also follow general tenant obligations, as listed in 5321.05. If they fail to, the landlord must deliver a written notice, as described in 5321.11. The tenant gets a minimum of thirty days to fix the problem, as listed in the notice. If the tenant “fails to remedy the condition specified in the notice, the rental agreement shall terminate as provided in the notice.”

Sections 5321.04 and 5321.05 cover entry rules for landlords and tenants, respectively. For non-emergency maintenance and repairs, landlords must provide 24 hours’ notice and enter at a reasonable time. No notice is required in emergencies. The tenant can’t block the landlord from entering the unit to show it to perspective tenants, within reason.

Section 5321.15 stipulates that lockouts and utility shutoffs are not permitted by the landlord.

Disclosures and Notes

Stipulations on what rental agreements must contain are present in 5321.18. The key point is that “every written rental agreement for residential premises shall contain the name and address of the owner and the name and address of the owner’s agent, if any.” In the case of oral agreements, that information must be put in writing and given to the tenant at the time of move-in.

The property owner has further filing obligations, as present in sections 5323.02, 5323.04, and 5323.99. With the county auditor, the owner has to file their phone number, name, and address. If the owner has an agent, they must also file the same information for the agent. Along with that, the owner has to file the property’s address and parcel number. All of this becomes public information. If the owner fails to provide or update that information, the auditor can apply a fine between $50 and $150.

If the landlord knows of any hazards caused by lead paint, they must disclose this information to the tenant. Per the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s lead disclosure rule, landlords must also provide tenants with an EPA-approved pamphlet “on identifying and controlling lead-based paint hazards” and “provide any records and reports on lead-based paint and/or lead-based paint hazards which are available to the seller or landlord.” This affects most housing that was constructed before 1978.

Court, Legal, and Realtor Information

The limit in Ohio small-claims court is $3,000, as per section 1925.02. Eviction cases do not occur in small-claims court, instead taking place in a county or municipal court, as stipulated in 1923.01. The statute of limitations on written contracts is eight years (2305.6).

Relevant court and legal entities are the Supreme Court of Ohio and Ohio Judicial System, the Ohio Attorney General, and the Ohio State Bar Association, the last of which can be a source of legal aid. Other legal-aid sources include the legal aid societies of Columbus, Cleveland, and Greater Cincinnati; Ohio Legal Services, which assists low-income Ohio residents; Legal Aid of Western Ohio; Southeastern Ohio Legal Services;  and Community Legal Aid, which focuses on northeastern Ohio.

Ohio’s main professional realtor group is the Ohio Association of Realtors.


Mississippi Landlord Tenant Laws

This article will contain an overview of the relevant laws and regulations pertinent to the landlord/tenant relationship in the state of Mississippi. The information is taken from both official state sources and official municipal sources, and it represents the most current available data at the time of this preparation.

It should be borne in mind however, that state and municipal regulations change frequently, so the possibility always exists for any given statute to be superseded. For any specific questions you may have about information within, links are provided at the end of the article for you to contact the appropriate legal authority.

Security Deposit Rules

(as set forth in Chapter 8 of the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act)

There are currently no Mississippi existing statutes regarding the following: maximum security deposits, pet deposits, non-refundable fees, receipts of deposit, deposit record-keeping, separate security deposit bank accounts, and security deposit interest.

  • Returning a security deposit – the security deposit must be returned to a tenant within 45 days after the tenant has vacated the premises
  • Allowable security deposit usage – it can be applied against unpaid rent, any damages beyond normal wear and tear, cleaning of the premises, and any other necessary expenses which were the direct result of tenant usage
  • Written itemization of charges – all charges which reduce the amount of the security deposit must be itemized and provided in writing to the former tenant
  • Compliance failure – if the landlord fails to comply with the requirement to return the security deposit, landlord may be subject to damages up to $200, in addition to the original amount of the security deposit

Lease, Rent, and Fee Rules

(as set forth in Chapter 8 of the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act)

There are currently no Mississippi statutes regarding the following: abandonment or early termination fee, landlord recovery of attorney or court fees, tenant withholding of rent for failure to provide essential services of habitation, pre-paid rent, grace period for rent, notice of rent increase, and any requirement upon the landlord to reduce damages to lessee, e.g. attempting to re-rent the premises.

  • Rent due date – this is left to the agreement between landlord and tenant, as stated in the lease
  • Late fees – left to the agreement between landlord and tenant, as stated in the lease
  • Tenant rights to repair premises and deduct rent – this is allowable under the following conditions: the landlord must be provided written notice of necessary repairs, and must be given 30 days to effect those repairs. If, after the appropriate notification, landlord fails to initiate repairs, the tenant is allowed to withhold rent and apply toward necessary repairs in the amount of what is considered to be prevailing value for any work done, and any materials purchased

Notice and Entry Rules

(as set forth in Chapter 7  and Chapter 8 of the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act)

There are currently no Mississippi statutes for the following: date for move-out inspection, allowable entry for maintenance and repairs, emergency entry without notice, and pesticide usage notice.

  • Notice of tenancy termination (with fixed end date) – none required, since it is stated in the lease
  • Notice of tenancy termination (yearly lease) – two months’ written notice required
  • Notice of tenancy termination (month-to-month) – 30 days’ written notice required
  • Notice of tenancy termination (week to week) – one weeks’ written notice required
  • Notice of tenancy termination for non-payment – three days’ written notice required
  • Notice of tenancy termination for lease violation – if the lease is violated by either landlord or tenant, 30 days’ written notice must be supplied, and must specify the nature of the violation, as well as the date of the violation. If the violation is remedied by the offending party within 30 days, the lease will be considered to be still in effect. If a similar violation occurs within six months of the first one, a 14-day written notice is sufficient to terminate the lease
  • Immediate termination – in cases considered to be serious violations of the lease which materialistically affect health and/or safety, no notification of termination is necessary
  • Notice of entry – must be stated within the terms of the lease
  • Lockouts and utility shutoffs – self-help evictions are allowable. After expiration of the lease, landlord may re-possess rental unit and either evict the tenant, increase the rent, or decrease tenant services, provided none of these actions are in direct retaliation for tenant exercise of his/her rights under state law

Required Disclosures and Notes

(as set forth in Chapter 8 of the Residential Landlord and Tenant Act)

  • Landlord compliance duty – landlord must comply with all existing codes regarding health and safety, as they apply to residential and rental units
  • Landlord maintenance duty – landlord is required to maintain all systems necessary for habitation, including heating, cooling, plumbing, and must ensure they remain in good condition other than reasonable usage. This requirement does not include intentional damages done by tenant or damage resulting from tenant neglect
  • Tenant cleanliness – must keep the premises as safe and as clean as the original condition of the premises allows for
  • Tenant trash disposal – all garbage must be regularly disposed of in a safe and sanitary manner
  • Plumbing – tenant must keep all components of plumbing system in a clean and operable condition
  • Appliance usage – all appliances must be used in a reasonable and sanitary manner, including all habitation systems
  • Damage avoidance – no part of the premises may be defaced or damaged willfully, and no part of the premises can be improved without explicit landlord approval
  • Noise constraints – tenant’s enjoyment of the premises must not infringe upon other tenants’ enjoyment of the premises
  • Damage notice – if tenant becomes aware of any condition potentially causing damage to the premises, landlord must be informed
  • Maintenance – other than reasonable wear and tear during tenancy, all aspects of the premises must be maintained in as close to original condition as possible
  • Illegal activity – no illegal activity may be engaged in during tenant occupation of the premises
  • Retaliation actions – landlord is not permitted to attempt to evict tenant because of tenant exercise of rights
  • Lead disclosure – landlords are obliged to inform tenants of any hazards attributable to lead paint, and must provide tenants with information on those hazards, as part of the lease agreement

Small Claims Court Limit

Eviction cases are allowed in small claims courts in the state of Mississippi, although some cases are also heard in Justice Court. The monetary limit on small claims actions is $3500, and the statute of limitations on lease contracts is four years, while the statute of limitations on oral contracts is three years.

Mississippi Courts

The Mississippi Attorney General can provide overall information about the court system, and can direct inquiries to the appropriate legal level, as can the State of Mississippi Judiciary. For specific information on small claims, the Mississippi Small Claims Court can be consulted, and for higher level inquiries, Mississippi Justice Court will be able to satisfy information needs. State attorneys are listed in the Mississippi Lawyer Directory and services they provide can be researched in Mississippi Legal Services.

Mississippi Realtor Associations

There are several real estate groups which operate either state-wide or in certain sections of the state, including the Mississippi Real Estate Commission, the Mississippi Realtors, the Central Mississippi Realtors, the Hattiesburg Association of Realtors, and the Gulf Coast Association of Realtors. Landlord associations also exist in the state, such as the Greater Gulf Coast Apartment Association and the Jackson Real Estate Investment Group.


West Virginia Landlord Tenant Laws

Landlord Tenant Laws of West Virginia

Whether you’re a tenant or a landlord, there are several statutes in West Virginia that govern tenancy and leasing. Each state has their own statutes, but many adopt similar or identical rules. Some issues have no statutes on one state while another will have passed regulations. Knowing the rights and responsibilities of both parties can make your renting experience smoother and more enjoyable. Although we discuss a number of statutes, linking to the official source. If you are having issues, we encourage you to become informed and then seek legal advise. While the list of regulations we include is extensive, it is not all inclusive, so as always, you should do your own research.

That said, in West Virginia, there are several laws that regulate landlord tenant issues, rights and responsibilities. We have used the following sources in researching these rules:Tenant and Landlord regulations can be found in West Virginia Statute § 37-6-1 to 37-6-30, “Remedies for the Unlawful Occupation of Residential Rental Property” AKA Eviction rules are listed in West Virginia Statute § 55-3A-1 to 55-3A-3, Miscellaneous rules West Virginia Statute § 55-2-1 to 55-2-22.

Additionally, there are a number of rules and regulations made available in the following Pdf versions:

Do I Need a Lease?

Although you can rent without a lease, it is unwise to do so. A lease is a written contract that protects both the tenant and landlord. Leases will contain security deposit amounts, pet deposits, fees, rent amount and due date. Also included may be a move in walk through checklist that will be invaluable when moving out if there are issues, such as a stain on the carpet or other imperfection. A lease may include a predetermined date of termination. Having everything that is required of the both parties in the written form of a lease can save you a lot of problems during your tenancy and after moving out. You can always contact your local West Virginia Association of Realtors with any questions you may have regarding leasing.

West Virginia regulates certain aspects that are contained in the lease, such as late fees, which are allowable as agreed to in the lease § 37-6A-2(b)(1). Returned check fees are allowable up to $25 § 61-3-39e. Interestingly enough, there are no statutes regulating rent, the date it is due, notice of increase, grace periods, prepaid rent. Additionally there are no statutes that govern withholding rent by the tenant for repairs or allowing tenant to withhold rent if the landlord fails to supply basic essentials such as water, heat and trash removal.

There are no statutes governing court costs and attorney’s fees for landlords that may incur such expenses or for early termination of lease and abandonment of the property fees. Regarding mitigation of damages to lessee and re-rental of abandoned property, the landlord has the right to hold the lessee responsible for rent for the remainder of the lease, or may re-rent the property. If re-renting, the landlord must inform the tenant of this intention. However, the tenant will still be responsible for the remaining term of the lease, and for the difference between and rent received from re-renting. If the landlord holds the tenant responsible for the rest of the lease, the tenant may recover their possessions once any unpaid rent is paid and any other obligation is met as outlined in the lease § 37-6-7, § 37-6-8.

Security Deposits

The state of West Virginia makes no statutes regarding security deposit maximum, security deposit interest, pet deposits, receipt of deposit or regarding holding deposits in a separate bank account. Non-refundable deposits are allowed under statute § 37-6A-1(14) as long as it is agreed upon by both parties in writing. West Virginia also regulates return of the security deposit, requiring the deposit be returned within 60 days of vacating the rental property or 45 days after the property is leased to a new tenant, which ever is shorter with statute § 37-6A-1(7). In the event that damages are present that will cost more than the deposit and will require, the landlord should provide the tenant with a written notice within the time allowed to return the deposit. Once notice has been given, the landlord then has an additional fifteen more days to provide written description and charges incurred according to statute § 37-6A-2(c).

West Virginia restricts the use of security deposits with statute § 37-6A-2(b), allowing them to be used for unpaid rent, including reasonable late fees as agreed in the lease. Damages caused by noncompliance with the Tenant’s duties, but not normal wear and tear can be taken from the deposit. Unpaid utility bills that the landlord may be held responsible for, again as outlined in the lease can be covered by the deposit. West Virginia also allows landlords to withhold the cost to move and store tenants possessions. There are two statutes requiring written description and itemization of damages and costs; § 37-6A-2(a), § 37-6A-2(c).

West Virginia statute § 37-6A-3 requires landlords to keep records of security deposits and monies kept from said deposits for one year after tenancy ends. Landlords must allow the tenant or an authorized person acting for the tenant to examine the records within 72 hours of receiving a written request to review the records.


Should the landlord fail to comply with statutes governing the security deposit, failing to act in good faith or purposely withholding the deposit without showing cause, the tenant is entitled to bring suit asking for one and a half times the amount of the deposit that was held plus the deposit itself. Any rent that is owed will be withheld from the amount awarded to the tenant § 37-6A-5. Recovery is limited to $5,000.00 in the Northern and Southern West Virginia small claims courts.

Right to Entry and Notices

Notices given to end tenancy are regulated under statute § 37-6-5. As with most fixed end date tenancies, no notice is required. On month to month tenancy, a 30 day notice is required and on weekly or shorter tenancies, a 7 day notice is required. On a yearly lease, a three month’s notice is required, or as otherwise specified in the lease. All notices must be written.

In the event that a tenant violates the lease, the landlord may file for immediate eviction without written notice. However, written notice shall be made once the matter has been set for hearing in front of a magistrate. For week to week leases and failure to pay rent, the same process for eviction applies. All other evictions also follow the same process. § 55-3A-1

There are no statutes regarding notices for move in/out inspections in relation to date and time. There are also no notices regarding entry to the rental property regardless whether it is for maintenance, pest control, showings, emergency, non-emergency or during an extended absence. Although there is no statute, reasonable notice of 24 hours is expected.

Finally, there are a number of statutes prohibiting lockouts and utility shut offs that protect tenants from such tactics § 55-3A.

Odds and Ends

There other miscellaneous regulations and rules that both landlord and tenant should be familiar with. For example, there are rules governing the responsibilities of the landlord Landlord’s Duties as listed in Statute § 37-6-30. Although there is no law governing the tenants rights and responsibilities, they are outlined in the guide for Landlord and Tenant Rights and Responsibilities.

The landlord must disclose lead paint in the home and give the tenant a pamphlet regarding lead and the risks of exposure.

Wisconsin Landlord Tenant Laws

Landlord Tenant Laws of Wisconsin: A Brief Overview

Wisconsin has several statutes that govern landlord and tenant relationships. There are many requirements that landlords are responsible for, as well as some governing the responsibilities of the tenant as well. Renting can become a complicated legal matter with just one wrong turn, so it behooves both tenant and landlord to become familiar with the numerous statutes that govern issues and some details involved in tenancy. One of the statutes that is helpful is titled “Landlord and Tenant Statutes” and can be read in Wisconsin’s 704 up to statute 704.50

These laws are complex and reviewing them with an expert is always wise. The experts at the Wisconsin Realtors Association are not only helpful with finding your perfect new rental, but they are also well versed in real estate law, including landlord tenant issues. Beginning your tenancy armed with information can help it be a successful relationship that is mutually beneficial and prevent costly appearances in small claims court.

Security deposits, repairs statutes can be found in the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection chapter 134; Residential Rental Practices. Leasing can benefit both tenant and landlord, and understanding what responsibilities both landlord and tenant have toward one another regarding tenancy. To help keep the peace and ensure each party understands their responsibilities, Wisconsin legislators have developed statutes over the years that make clear what is expected of both parties and any consequences that may occur if statutes are violated.

Sign That Lease

The idea of signing a lease may be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. By understanding what is in a standard lease, you will arm yourself with knowledge. A lease agreement is a legally binding contract. It is an agreement between both landlord and tenant and acts as an official record and legal guide to tenancy.

Your lease will list the amount of security required, the date it was received and the amount paid, your monthly rental obligation, the day rent is due, the length of tenancy or lease period, and many other particulars including who is allowed to live in the property to how many pets you have, their sex and breed and a description. Having a lease guarantees certain conditions will be met that are mutually beneficial to both parties. A lease also protects both parties.

In Wisconsin, there is no statute regarding what day rent is due, but there other statutes regarding rent. A landlord is required to issue a rent receipt if the tenant has paid in cash according to Wisconsin Administrative Code §§ 134.03(2b). If the landlord wishes to increase the amount of rent paid, a 28 day written notice of intent is required §§ 704.19(3). If the tenant is late paying rent, the landlord may only charge late fees if they are included in the lease.

Wisconsin Administrative Code §§ 134.03(1) provides that the landlord shall present to the tenant the lease agreement and other rules for the tenant to examine prior to accepting any earnest monies, deposits and before signing the agreement. The landlord will furnish the tenant a signed copy upon execution of the lease.

When a lease agreement renews automatically, the landlord is obligated to give the tenant a 15 day notice of intent to renew, or a 30 day notice of intent to terminate as regulated under statute §§ 704.15.

Details, Details

If the tenant pays more than the rental amount due, the landlord may keep the overage and apply it to the security deposit as there is no statute governing prepaid rent according to Wisconsin Administrative Code §§ 134.02(11). However, for a tenant that may need to prepay rent, it may be stipulated in the lease as agreed upon by both parties, which would prevent the funds from being diverted to security deposit held.

In the event that the landlord fails to provide the tenant with basic services such water, heat and trash removal, or the residence has suffered damage as a result of fire or other catastrophic event and has become in habitable, the tenant may withhold rent under Wisconsin Statute §§ 704.07(4). However, if the tenant remains in the home, the amount of rent withheld will in an amount that reflects the amount of damages, but never the full amount. If the tenant must vacate the premises, the tenant may withhold the entire amount. There is no statute that allows the tenant to make repairs and deduct those costs from the rent.

The state of Wisconsin prohibits the landlord from creating inhabitable conditions in the effort to force a tenant out. Landlords may not terminate basic, essential services such as heat and water or change the locks, preventing the tenant from entering or any other behavior whose intent and purpose is to force the tenant to vacate as listed in Wisconsin Administrative Code §§ 134.09(7).

In the event a tenant abandons the property or asks for early termination, the landlord is obligated to make a good faith effort to reduce the damages the tenant will incur by re-renting the property as soon as possible. This regulation can be found in Wisconsin statute §§ 704.29(2)(b).

Wisconsin Administrative Code §§ 134.03(2a) requires that the landlord provide the tenant a written receipt if the security deposit is paid in cash, or if the tenant asks for a receipt.

If a landlord incurs court costs and attorney’s fees related to the tenancy, a suit may be filed against the tenant in an effort to recoup them. In Wisconsin, the small claims court limit is $10,000.

Security Deposit and Fees

One of the most unusual aspects of Wisconsin’s security deposit rules is that they have no limit. Agreeing on the deposit becomes one of the most important points of your lease when the sky’s the limit. This interesting bit of legislation can be found under Wisconsin Administrative Code §§ 134.06. Wisconsin has no statutes regarding security deposit interest, requiring separate bank accounts for security deposits, or record keeping of the deposits.

Landlords may charge tenants a non-refundable background and credit check fee of $20 as outlined in Wisconsin Administrative Code  §§ 134.05(4).

The landlord must return the security deposit within 21 days after the lease ends or the date a new tenant takes possession if the tenant vacated before the lease period had ended according to Wisconsin Administrative Code §§ 134.06(2).

Finally, Wisconsin Administrative Code §§ 134.06(4) requires landlords supply tenants with a written itemized list and description of damages withheld from the security deposit.

Can My Landlord Enter My Home?

Simply put yes, your landlord has a right to enter the property to make inspections, perform maintenance and make repairs, to show the unit. Your landlord may enter the dwelling without notice during an emergency and during a period of extended absence by the tenant according to Wisconsin statute §§ 704.05(2). Your landlord must give you at least a 12 hour notice unless otherwise agreed upon.

A landlord may not use lockouts and utility shut offs to effect and eviction as state in the Wisconsin Way: A Guide for Landlords and Tenants.

A Bit of Notice

Tenants in Wisconsin are required to give a 28 day notice to terminate a month to month lease §§ 704.19(3). In a week to week leasing agreement, a five day notice to vacate is required §§ 704.17(1). The same statute allows for the landlord to serve the tenant with a 14 day notice for nonpayment of rent when the rental period is month to month. When the lease period is yearly, and the tenant has failed to pay rent or has violated the lease, the landlord may serve a 14 day notice to tenant asking them to vacate the property §§ 704.17(2)(b). When the lease period is longer than one year, a 30 day notice is required §§ 704.17(3).

Best Towns to Live in North Carolina 2016

North CarolinaFrom its winding coastline in the east, to its flat grasslands and mountainous landscapes to the west, North Carolina is home to just about every type of terrain possible. But the diversity of the 9th most populous state doesn’t end there; the state is also home to a myriad of world renowned higher education facilities. Since the first settlers arrived to America’s eastern shores, the towns of North Carolina have developed rich histories of their own. North Carolina’s towns boast safe neighborhoods, high standards for academic excellence, and family-centered communities.

Our ratings were compiled by combining census, education, wealth , happiness  and internal RentApplication data to create a unified rating system for all of the towns in North Carolina. Ranked below are the top towns. 

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#1 Chapel Hill


This centrally located city in Orange County is most famous for its student population. Universities in Chapel Hill include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC Health. The city’s resident population was 57,233 in 2010, but expands each year to accommodate university students. The Chapel Hill-Carrboro school district includes East Chapel Hill High School, Carrboro High School, and Chapel Hill High School. All have been recognized for their high achievements. Chapel Hill has a lively music community as well as devoted UNC sports fans.

#2 Boone


Situated in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Boone is home to Appalachian State Univeristy. The town had a total of 17,186 students in 2010 and an area of about 6.5 square miles. Boone prides itself on an extensive list of outdoor trails and vistas, including Daniel Boone Native Gardens and Elk Knob State Park. The Univeristy as well as Appalachian Regional Healthcare are tow of the city’s leading employers.

#3 Lincolnton


A part of the larger Charlotte metropolitan area, Lincolnton, North Carolina is located along the Catawba River. Lincolnton is easily accessible via Highway 27 or Route 321. The city is home to three high schools, three middle schools, and eight elementary schools in addition to a charter school and Gaston College.

#4 Hickory


Hickory, North Carolina extends over parts of Catawba, Burke, and Caldwell counties. Hickory’s baseball team is home to the Hickory Crawdads and also to the Hickory Motor Speedway. Local economy includes furniture manufacturing, fiber optic cables, and pressure-sensitive tape. Hickory also serves as a data center for big-name tech firms such as Google and Apple. Many universities are locates in town, including Lenoir-Rhyne University, Appalachian Center at Hickory, and Gardner-Webb University.

#5 Concord


Downtown Concord is small town USA complete with local businesses, restaurants, and retail shops. However, it’s estimated over 85,000 residents live in Concord, which means the city has lots of urban amenities as well. The Charlotte Motor Speedway has it s roots in the city as do many other family-friendly attractions such as the Great Wolf Lodge, Carolina Renaissance Festival, and Cabarrus Arena and Events Center.

#6 Brevard


Situated in the far west side of the state, Brevard is home of many natural landmarks such as the Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Forest, and Triple Falls. The local schools district heads two public high schools in the city. Special events include the White Squirrel Festival, Twilight Tour, and Halloweenfest. Brevard’s rugged terrain make it the perfect location for rock climbing, mountain biking, and races.

#7 Pinehurst


Pinehurst, Moore County is more than a city of 13,124 (2010), but home to a historic golf resort as well. The village itself includes portions of the resort as well as many historical venues. Points of interest include the Country Club of North Carolina, Sandhills Horticultural Garden, Mystic Cottage, and Pinehurst Resort. The O’Neal School is located within the city, as well as a public elementary and high school, as well as religiously-affiliated schools.

#8 Havelock


The Marine Corps’ largest air station has its roots here, in Havelock, North Carolina at the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. Havelock is located near the shoreline, has an estimated population of 20,706 (est.2015), and an area of 17.6 square miles. Families have the choice between several public and private primary and secondary educational tracks.

#9 Mount Airy


Sitting at North Carolina’s northern border is the small town of Mount Airy, home of Actor Andy Griffith. The town of 8.4 square miles hugs the Ararat River. Historical landmarks in the city include the William Carter House, the Mount Airy Historic District and the Renfro Mill. The city is well-known for its Bluegrass style music, featured at the Blue Ridge Music Center.

#10 Morganton


Located in western North Carolina, Morgantown borders on what has been deemed the oldest inland European settlement of the United States of Fort San Juan. The village has an extensive list of historical venues including residences, districts, cemeteries, churches, and public buildings; all are protected under the National Register of Historic Places. Morgantown’s location in west North Carolina means its also situated between the Catawba River and the Appalachian Mountains.

#11 Southern Pines



Southern Pines is located in Moore County of central North Carolina. In 2010, it had a population of 12,334. The James Boyd House, Southern Pines Historic District, and Firleigh Farms are all considered historical landmarks. The city is home to many alternative, private, and religious schools in addition to its public ones. Public transportation to and from the city is possible via the Southern Pines Amtrak Station and Moore County Airport.

#12 Burlington


Situated in the center of the state, Burlington’s terrain is mostly flat albeit some rolling hills. The city has parks devoted to recreational sports, as well as scenic parks and nature preserves, perfect for a day of hiking and exploration. Burlington is mid-sized, with approximately 50,042 residents living in an area of 25.4 square miles.

#13 Oak Island


With an optimal location along the mainland’s shoreline as well as a detached portion, Oak Island’s primary source of revenue is the local tourism industry. It’s considered part of the Myrtle Beach metropolitan area, and neighbors Caswell Beach, St.James, Holden Beach, and Lockwoods Foley Inlet.

#14 Shelby


The town of Shelby is located near the state’s southwest border, in Cleveland County. Approximately 20,276 residents live in the area and are invited each year to attend annual events such as the Cleveland County Fair, The Foothill’s Merry Go Round Festival, and The Shelby Hamfest.

#15 Mocksville


A town in Davie County in the central region of the state, Mocksville was named after its original owner in 1839. It’s home to several churches, districts, and museums protected by the National Register for Historic Places. The city of just over 5,000 intersects with many important state and interstate highways.

#16 Smithsfield


Home to the Ava Gardner Museum, Smithfield, North Carolina runs along the Neuse River. Residents gather each year for the Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival. Visitors hoping to get out in the fresh air can explore the Buffalo Creek Greenway. Smithfield covers a total area of 11.4 square miles.

#17 Greenville


Greenville, North Carolina has consistently ranked high given the quality of life and high employment rates. A city once founded on the production of tobacco has paved the way for the healthcare, education and manufacturing industries of today. This large city of over 90,223 residents has many public and priavte schools to choose from, including at the university level. The Greenville Civic Ballet and other arts programs have helped to restore a culture of theatre , music, and dance int the city.

#18 Gastonia


The largest in its county, Gastonia had a total population of 71,741 as of the 2010 census. Today, some of the city’s biggest employers include Wal-Mart, Advance Auto Parts, and the Gastonia Memorial Hospital. The city is proud to prevent several attractions and points of interest such as the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, the US National Whitewater Center, and the Schiele Museum of Natural History.

#19 Forest City



Once called “Burend Chimney”, present-day Forest City is situated almost on the South Carolina border, in Rutherford County. The city is home to over a dozen historical landmarks, including the Cool Springs High School. Residents and tourists can both enjoy the Rutherford County Farm Museum or the Bennett Classical Auto Museum. The city prides itself on its champion baseball team.

#20 Aberdeen


Aberdeen of Moore County is located in central North Carolina, in an area of 6.2 square miles. Currently an estimation dictates over 7,000 residents live in town. Aberdeen is the site of the O’Neil School. Historic legacies include the Bethesda Presbyterian Church, and the John Blue House.

#21 Cherryville


Cherryville is a small town of about 5,000, located near the state’s southwestern border. Cherryville’s early economy included agriculture, cotton, and textile, Today, top industries include auto manufacturing, furniture manufacturing, and polyurethane bi-products. Attractions include the Cherryville Historical Museum, Rudisill Stadium, and the Noah Benjamin Kendrick House. The city has a total area of 5.50 square miles.

#22 New Bern


Situated on the east coat, New Bern is a big tourist draw each year because of its rich culture and historic roots.  Craven Community College is located here, as are a range of primary and secondary schools.  New Bern offers dozens of historical landmarks, including churches, residences, public office buildings, and theaters. About 30,242 people live in the city of Bern according to a 2013 estimate.

#23 Clinton



Named after a leading commander during the American Revolution, the city of Clinton, North Carolina has deep historical roots. Shortly after its settlement, Clinton developed as an agricultural community. Previously, Clinton was home to a minor league baseball team. In 2013, the city was listed at 8,697 inhabitants. The Francis Pugh House, Clinton Depot, and the Bethune-Powell Buildings are just some examples of the city’s history.

#24 Boiling Spring Lakes


Boiling Spring Lakes is a city in New Brunswick, North Carolina, famous for its natural baths and hilly terrain. The city is 23.3 square miles wide, with a total population of 5,372. The namesake lake at the center of the city boils with pure, natural water and is just one of fifty lakes in the vicinity.

#25 Asheboro


Set out in the flatlands of central North Carolina, Asheboro is the location of the North Carolina Zoo. The National Register of Historic Places has included several of Ashboro’s buildings, schools, and churches on its list. Top employers in the city include Randolph Hospital Klaussner, and Teleflex. Sports teams include the Asheboro Copperheads who play at McCrary Park in Asheboro.

#26 Marion

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Founded in 1844, Marion got its name from General Francis Marion, an American Revolutionary War hero. Today, 7,838 residents live in the city. The Historic District contains St.John’s Episcopal Church, the Carson-Young House, and Lone Beech. Marion is characterized not only by the Blue Ridge Mountains in the distance, but also the ambiance of a close-knit community.

#28 Albemarle


Located in Stanly County North Carolina, Albemarle is a 15.7 square mile of land established early on for the business of agriculture, followed by textile manufacturing. In 1891, the first railroad passed through Albemarle, and local industry in the area was forever changed. Old downtown residences and the original elementary school are now preserved by the National Register for Historic Places.

#29 Roxboro


County Seat of Pearson County, Roxboro is 6.3 square miles and has a total of 8,362 people (2010). Large employers in the area include Duke Energy, Eaton Corporation, and Georgia-Pacific Corporation. The city offers lots of venues for entertainment and education, including the Pearson County Museum, Palace Point, Roxboro Motorsports Dragway, and special events Mayo Lake Cyclysm and Friday Night Football.


#30 Reidsville


Once referred to as Wright’s Crossroads because of its proximity to Virginia to the north, Reidsville is well-situated between major connecting points throughout the state. Though throughout its long history, Reidsville has in the past suffered economic hardship, today, the city is booming. Reidsville is able to trade easily with larger nearby cities and reap the benefits. The city’s population is roughly 14,520.

#31 Edenton


Edenton on the water is a sight for tourists to see and locals to appreciate. A chance to travel to Edenton may require a bit of time travel, since many of the tourist attractions inform visitors about what life was really like when the first settlers arrived. Visitors can tour old residences and museums, see a live theater production, or enjoy the outdoors with some of the city’s boating adventures.

#32 Butner


Butner of Granville County, North Carolina used to be an area of military operations. The 6.5 square miles are best explored on foot, including the old water tower, Gazebo Park, and Lake Holt. Butner is located in the north-central region of the state and has a total of 7,591 residents.

#33 Elizabeth City


Sometimes referred to as the “Harbor of Hospitality”, Elizabeth City is the quintessential small town Norman Rockwell may have imagined. It’s located along the northern shoreline, and in addition to boats in the harbor, the city is also witness to small boats along the Dismal Swamp Canal. The city also features an art museum, shopping, and festivals throughout the year.

#34 Kinston


Kinston of Lenoir County had a population of 21,677 in 2010. The city is home to over ten public schools as well as two universities. Kinston encourages visitors to stop by the The Cultural Heritage Museum and the Grainger Hill Performing Arts Center or GPAC. Sporting events take place at the Grainger Stadium. Past players have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

#35 Laurinburg

Just at the South Carolina border, Laurinburg is home to St.Andrews University and The Laurinburg Institute. Historical sights include the Central School, Thomas J. Gill House, and the Mag Blue House. As of 2010, the population was at 15,962.

#36 Roanoke Rapids


Roanoke Rapids is located within the metropolitan area of Golden East. It’s located in the northern part of the state, in Halifax County. Once a mill town and textile producer, Roanoke today hosts KapStone Paper and Packaging. Some of the biggest attractions for locals are simply outdoor walks along the Roanoke River or Canal. Th estimate of the population in 2014 was about 15,495.

#37 Wadesboro


First called “Newtown”, Wadesboro was named after Colonel Thomas Wade, who fought with the Minuteman during the Revolutionary War. The city is serviced by the Anson County School District. The small city of 5,813 has been given national attention in the past from the Smithsonian Museum since Wadesboro was viewed as the best location in all of North America to watch a total lunar eclipse.

#38 Eden


Eden boasts about its community’s friendly demeanor that will instantly welcome you in. Eden is a northern border town located in Rockingham County with a population of 15,527 (2010). Each year, the city puts on itsannual Riverfest, and later, the Charlie Poole Music Festival. The city encourages people to experience the outdoors in a kayak on the lake or climbing up a steep bluff.

#39 Rocky Mount


Located in the flat coastline region of the state, Rocky Mount is also the first city in the chain of cities along the Rocky Mount Metropolitan area. Nash General Hospital is the first private-room-only hospital in North Carolina. It specializes in women’s care and cardiovascular trauma. By way of cultural activities, the city often hosts art events at the Maria V. Howard Arts Center. In total, 57,685 people live in Rocky Mount.

#40 Hamlet


Set in Richmond County of southern North Carolina, the city is home to its own public school district as well as Richmond Community College. Hamlet takes up an area of 5.14 square miles and shelters 6,495 residents as of (2010). Local historical points of interest include the National Railroad Museum and Hall of Fame and the Main Street Commercial Historic District.

#41 Lumberton


Recently, Lumberton of Robenson County, North Carolina, has seen growth in its number of local residents. As of 2010, there were 21,542, up from the years before. Lumberton is located in the southern region of the state, between the Inner Banks and Lumber River. In total, 21,716 (est.2014) people live in the town today.

#42 Rockingham


Rockingham is most famously the site of the Rockingham Speedway, formerly known as the North Carolina Speedway–an integral part of the city’s culture, until the race was terminated in 2004. Rockingham hosts two major community events each year: The Smokeout on motorcycle weekend and the Carolina Rebellion rock festival. Rockingham is located in southern-central North Carolina, with a total area of 7.3 square miles.

#43 Oxford


Situated at the northern border of the state rests the city of Oxford. Oxford has a population of 8,461 (2010) and an area of 4.5 square miles. Revlon’s largest manufacturing operation takes place in Oxford. Biofuels Center of North Carolina is also located in the city. In addition, the city has in the past been a beacon for foster care and orphanage facilities.

#44 Whiteville


The largest city in its county, Whiteville spreads out over 5.4 square miles. The city is in close proximity to Wilmington, Elizabethtown, and Conway, South Carolina. Whiteville is home to the North Carolina Pecan Harvest Festival. The city also encourages families to explore the hands-on science museum.

#45 Tarboro


Tarboro is located in Edgecombe County in central North Carolina. The Tarboro Historic Districts contains such landmarks as the Blount Bridergs House, the Oakland Plantation, and the Railroad Depot Complex, among others. The total number of people living in Tarboro today is about 11,415 (2010).

#46 Hendersonville


Distanced from Ashville by about 22 miles, Hendersonville caters to its local community and high volume of families through events like the North Carolina Apple Festival. Some of the cities must-see historic sites include Oakdale Cemetery, Historic Johnson Farm, and the Main Street Historic District. Over 13,600 people live in Hendersonville today.

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Best Towns to Live in Georgia 2016

GeorgiaAs one of the country’s original 13 colonies, Georgia was fourth to ratify the United States Constitution. Today, the state’s urban sprawls and rural dwellings are a mix of the old and new. Georgia is situated in the southeast region of the state, bordering Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama. Of all fifty states, Georgia is the eighth most populous, with a current total of Sandersville (est.2015) estimate. Georgia is home to the city of Atlanta (sometimes referred to as the capital of the south)  and stunning natural land formations, including the Blue Ridge Mountains and coastal plains. The state is home to top universities and a strong sports fan base.

Our ratings were compiled by combining census, education, wealth, happiness  and internal RentApplication data to create a unified rating system for all of the towns in Georgia. Ranked below are the top towns. 

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#1 Roswell


Located in Fulton County, Georgia, Roswell is the seventh largest city in the state, with an estimated population of 94,089 (2015). The city is home to a conglomerate of tech companies, however, the city also prospers from its tourism industry. Visitors to the area come to see the Historic Roswell District, the Faces of War Memorial, Johns Creek and Morgan Falls Dam.

#2 Sandy Springs



With a distinct skyline made up of the Concourse twin towers, Sandy Springs is best known as a commuting suburb within the Atlanta metropolitan area. The city is 38.5 square miles and includes a population of 93,853 (2010). Neighborhoods include Riverside, Dunwoody Panhandle, and North Springs. Each year the city hosts the Sandy Springs Festival and the Sandy Springs Artapalooza.

#3 Alpharetta

North of Atlanta, Alpharetta exudes southern comfort and hospitality. The city of 63,038 (est.2014) welcomes visitors to the city year round to experience The Alpharetta Arboretum at Wills Park, The Alpharetta Brew Moon Fest (October), The Downtown Alpharetta Historic District, and The Mansell House and Gardens.

#4 Marietta


Marietta, Georgia of Cobb County is considered one of Atlanta’s largest suburbs. Today, the city’s top employers include the regional hospital and Cobb County School District. Marietta has an estimated 60,014 inhabitants as of 2014. The city hosts a weekly farmers market and a community-based group of actors put on theatrical products throughout the year.

#5 St. Marys


The primary vessel to Georgia’s largest barrier reef, St Marys boasts a laid back atmosphere and a chance to get in touch with nature. Every year, the city puts on the St. Marys Rock Shrimp Festival. Visitors will also appreciate a stop at the St. Marys Submarine Museum.

#6 Rome


At the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, sits Rome, Georgia, in the northwest region of the state. Rome is home to the Martha Berry Museum, The Clock Tower (museum) and Cheiftains Museum, dedicated to the Cherokee Indian tribe. The number of residents today is about 35,997 (est. 2015).

#7 Calhoun



Historically, present-day Calhoun was once the home of the Cherokee Indian nation. It’s located in Gordon County, in the northwest region of the state. The city’s schools include two elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. Points of interest include the Roland Hayes Museum and the Mercer Air Museum. About 16,052 (est.2015) people live in Calhoun.

#8 Kingsland


Kingsland’s Commercial Historic District was officially recognized in 1994. The city is located in Camden County of southeast Gerogia. The College of Coastal Georgia is located within the region. The 45.0 square mile area is well connected to other suburbs and major cities via Interstate 95 and US Route 17.

#9 Dalton


Whitfield County’s city of Dalton is locates at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northwest Georgia. The city is well regarded for its arts and cultural scene, as well as its role in the manufacturing business. The Creative Arts Guild hosts First Friday, a public event where art lovers can socialize and appreciate new artwork every month. The city of 33,529 (2014) has also become involved in the carpet industry.

#10 Commerce


Ninety miles from Atlanta. Commerce city of Jackson rests in the northeast corner of the state. Norfolk Southern Railway provides public transportation to the city of 6,544 (2010). Commerce is home to many creeks and reservoirs, as well as a historic cemetery.

#11 Gainesville


Nicknamed the “Poultry Capital of the World”, Gainesville is situated in Hall County of north-central Georgia and is home to many large poultry processing plants. A total of 33,804 (2010) residents live in the city. Gainesville strives to welcome outsiders and bring together local community through special events such as the Spring Chicken Festival and Art in the Square.

#12 Waycross


Waycross of southern Georgia has played a significant role in American history since the Revolutionary War, and today, is home to many landmarks and artifacts commemorating the impact made on a local level. Preservation efforts have been focused in the Downtown Waycross Historic District and the Waycross Historic District. Places of distinction include the post office, courthouse, and cemetery, as well as the First African Baptist Church and the Obediah Barber Homestead.

#13 Warner Robins


With a total population of 66,588 (2010), Warner Robins has ballooned as a city since the turn of the century. The mid-sized city is located in the center of the state, in Houston County. Just beyond city perimeters, lies the Robins Air Force Base. Areas of interest include the Museum of Aviation, the Warner Robins Little Theatre, and the city’s sports recreational facilities.

#14 Bremen


Bremen is located in northwestern Georgia, straddled between Haralson and Carroll counties. The city of over 6,000 residents (2014) is also home to The Sacred Harp Publishing Company. Ever since Bremen was connected to Georgia’s railway system, the city experienced a significant jumpstart in its economy. The city holds its town festival every October.

#15 Tifton


Situated in Tift County, the city of Tifton is home to several institutions of higher education, including Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Southern Regional Technical College, and the University of Georgia. Residents in Tifton, totalling 16,869 (2010), enjoy public spaces such as the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village as well as the Coastal Plain Research Arboretum and Tifton Residential Historic District.

#16 Brunswick


Second in size to Savannah, Georgia, Brunswick is considered the economic hub of the state’s southern regions. The city’s financial success is contingent on local tourism. Brunswick contains Atlantic coastline as well as a plethora of neighborhood parks and natural green spaces. Conveniently, the city is located near to the Brunswick-Golden Isles Airport. Brunswick holds art and cultural events periodically during the year.

#17 Jefferson


Jefferson of Jackson County is situated in northern Georgia. The Jackson County School District serves its 9,867 (est.2014) residents with eight elementary schools, three middle schools, two high schools, and one alternative school.

#18 Statesboro


Statesboro is most famous for hosting Georgia Southern Univeristy. The central city of 13.9 square miles and 30,367 (2014) inhabitants have grown to accommodate the swell in population while classes are in session. The city’s local economy is a mix of manufacturing, education, and agriculture. GSU is made up of a student body of nearly 20,000 students. Two community colleges are also within a short commute.

#19 Lafayette


In the northwest corner of the state, LaFayette, Georgia had a population of 7,121 at the 2010 census. The city’s school district includes nine elementary schools, three middle schools, and two high schools. Gordon Hall, one of the city’s public schools, is thought to be one of the state’s oldest remaining brick school buildings.

#20 LaGrange


Home to LaGrange College (the oldest private college in the state), the city by the same name is located near West Point Lake and shares a border with Alabama. LaGrange attracts many visitors interested in outdoor recreation such as fishermen and water sports fanatics. The city of 29.5 square miles is a short distance from the LaGrange-Callaway Airport.

#21 Hinesville


With the motto, “Home for a Day or a Lifetime”, Hinesville’s size and proximity to waterways, grasslands, and coastline make it the perfect respite from hurried city life. Hinesville has a square area of 16.3 miles, which includes 33,437 (2010) residents. The city is home to a number of public parks and even islands.

#22 Carrollton


Carrollton, Georgia is nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, at the western border of the state. The city of 24,388 (2010) is best known as the site of the University of West Georgia. Historically, the city had been a longtime textile manufacturer and producer of cotton. Today, the city is still considered a commerce and retail hub even though cotton production has declined .

#23 Douglas


Situated in southeast Georgia is the city of Douglas, inside Coffee County. The city first gained visibility when the Georgia and Florida Railway relocated its offices to Douglas. The city’s downtown is located on the National Register of Historic Places. Tourists come to see the Heritage Station Museum and the World War II Flight Training Museum.

#24 Eatonton


Central Putnam County is home to Eatonton, population 6,764 (2010). The city is known as the “Dairy Capital of Gerogia” because of its role in the dairy industry. The Rock Eagle Effigy Mound is located just to the east of the city. Eatonton’s 20.7 square miles includes one primary school, an elementary school, a middle school, a high school, and an alternative school and serves over 2,400 students.

#25 Moultrie


The largest in its county, Moultrie, Georgia is also the third largest city in Southwest Georgia. Local economy relies on agriculture and retail (antiques). The National Register of Historic Places includes the Moultrie Commerical Historic District and the Colquitt Theatre. The city is racially diverse and celebrates its collective history year after year at festivals like the Annual Dogwood Music Festival and National Night Out Community Party at Packer Stadium.

#26 Winder


This north-central city is located in Barrow County and has a total of 12.9 square meters. Winder is home to cultural and historical edifices such as The Barrow County Museum and the old Barrow County Jail. The town of 14,930 (est.2014) residents also contains the campus of Lanier Technical College.

#27 Macon


Called the “Heart of Georgia”, Macon has a considerable population size of 153,691 (2014). South of the city, Robins Air Force Base is in operation where the Georgia Army National Guard is stationed. Visitors who come to Macon to shop can stop by The Shoppes at River Crossing and Macon Mall in addition to the city’s small boutique shop downtown.

#28 Adel


As County seat of Cook County, Adel, Georgia remains a small town of 5,344 residents. Interstate 75 passes through the region and the Georgia Southern and Florida Railway was first incorporated into the city in the 1880s. The Cook County School District has a single primary, elementary, middle, and high school. The Vietnam Traveling Memorial visited Adel in 2013.

#29 Eastman


Due to its claim to fame as site of the first ever Stuckey’s store, Eastman, Georgia of Dodge County has gained notoriety across the country.  Eastman is located in the center of the state, with a population of 5,331 (2014). Major highways in the area include US Route 23 and US Route 341. The city promotes the Boys and Girls Club as well as a variety of recreational and competitive sports.

#30 Bainbridge


Bainbridge is located in the southwest corner of the state, in Decatur County. The city rests along Flint River, which eventually flows into the Gulf of Mexico. Bainbridge’s River Town Days takes places every March. The Swine Time Festival and Decatur County Fall Festival and Fair take place annually as well for its 12,496 (2014) residents to attend.

#31 Milledgeville


Bordered by the Ocanee River, Milledgeville was once the capital of Georgia and played an important role in history during the American Civil War. The city is host to the Twin Lakes Library System as well as higher education: Central Georgia Technical College, Georgia College & State University and Georgia Military College all have campuses in the city. An estimated 19,211 people live here.

#32 Barnesville


As part of the Atlantic metropolitan area, Barnesville had a total population of 6,755 in 2010 and has an area of 5.7 square miles. The city offers year round family fun, although festivals peak in summer months, such as the The Summer in the Sticks Country Music Concert, The Buggy Days Festival, and The BBQ and Blues Festival.

#33 Monroe
Monroe_Mills_-_Monroe,_GAMonroe is located in Walton County, Georgia, in the north-central region of the state. Today, 13,234 (2010) people call the city of Monroe home. Local economy is based on a variety of industries, including companies like Tucker Door and Trim and Arkansas-heaquartered Wal-Marts Inc. There are nine public elementary schools in the city.

#34 Cedartown


Cedartown’s commercial downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, in addition to the Northwest Cedartown Historic District and South Philpot Street Historic District. Cedartown is located in Polk County Georgia and has a population of 9,750 (2010). The city is home to wildlife preserves and nature trails, including the newly reconstructed Silver Comet Trail.

#35 Cairo


Nicknamed “Syrup City”, Cairo earned the title because of its sugar cane manufacturing during the early 1900s. Today, Cairo is an ideal family town or vacation getaway since its recreational facilities offer a little of everything: hunting, fishing and the Antique Car Rally. Cairo has a population of 9,607 (2010) and issituated in southwestern Georgia.

#36 Toccoa


Located between Athens and Atlanta, Toccoa in Stephens County had a population of 8,491 in 2010. Since the mid 1960s, the city has built its economy up on manufacturing, industrial, and corporate work. Today, major employers in the area include  Stephens County School System, Caterpillar, American Woodmark Corp.,and the Eaton Corporation.

#37 Vidalia


Split between Montgomery County and and Toombs County, Georgia, the city of Vidalia has a joint population of 36,346 (2010). Major employers in Vidalia today include Wal-Mart and Trane. The city has a past history of the agriculture business, and is most famous today for its sweet onions. In fact, each spring the city hosts its own Onion Festival, which lasts for five days.

#38 Jesup


Jesup, Georgia is home to the great outdoors and welcomes families to experience it for themselves. The city is easily accessible via highways, trains, and the Jesup-Wayne County Airport. In total, the city has approximately 10,200 residents in an area of 16.5 square miles. Altamaha Technical College is also located here.

#39 Cordele



Cordele is lovingly referred to as the “Watermelon Capital of the World”. The city is located in south-central Georgia and in 1864, served as Georgia’s temporary capital city. Visitors come from a distance to visit the Titan I missle, standing tall since 1968. Residents look forward the the city’s watermelon festival each June. There are over 11,147 (2010) residents in Cordele today.

#40 Jackson


Since its founding in 1826, Jackson remained a small village until the arrival of the railway. As a result of the first train trip in 1882, and the daily routes that continued there after, Jackson was able to begin producing and transporting in mass quantity for the first time. Today the County School District consists of three elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school. The total population was 5,045 as of 2010.

#41 Albany


A mid-sized city of 77,434 (2010), Albany also belongs to a greater metropolitan area. Albany boasts a variety of trails, gardens, parks and pools. Visitors and locals alike can enjoy downtown boutique shopping. The city also has over a dozen art, history, and science museums. The biggest employers in the city today are Albany State University, AT & T, and Coats and Clark, Inc.

#42 Fort Valley


For a town small in size (about 10,000 residents), Fort Valley has a lot to be proud of. On a nice day, points of interests include the Massee Lane Gardens. The city is also home to one of the best football teams in all of Georgia. The Peach County High Trojans have participated in many championship and state title games. Fort Valley State Univeristy is also located here, a historically black college.

#43 Dublin


A relatively small town of 16,201 (2010) residents, Dublin is home to three institutions of higher learning: Georgia Military College, Heart of Georgia Technical College, and Middle Georgia State University. The city is famous for its Stubbs Park-Stonewall Street Historical District. The city’s bordering Oconee River is mentioned in one of James Joyce’s novels.

#44 Americus


Americus, Georgia is the site of many large organizations and non-profits including Habitat for Humanity, The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving, as well as the Windsor Hotel. Americus is located in south-central Georgia, and has a total size of 10.7 square miles. Points of interest include the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum, the Georgia Veterans State Park, and the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site.

#45 Fitzgerald


Fitzgerald, Georgia is located in Ben Hill County in the center of the state, and is considered one of few cities in the state to be so thoroughly planned out ahead of time, creating a simplistic, grid-like pattern. The city includes many areas of historical significance, such as The Fitzgerald Commercial Historic District, Ben Hill County Jail, and The South Main-South Lee Streets Historic District. Over the years, the Fitzgerald has been home to many minor league baseball teams.

#46 Sandersville


Sandersville of central Georgia is named after a local store owner during the time period when the town was first established. Sandersville became inter-connected with cities near and far in 1893 when the Sandersville Railroad was built. Over the years, the city of 5,779 (2010) has taken part in agriculture work, particularly cotton cultivation. Today the city is home to Georgia Military College, Sandersville Technical College, and Darton State College Division of Nursing.

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Best Towns to Live in Missouri 2016


Missouri can be found in the Midwestern region of the United States. The territory that eventually became Missouri was purchased from France in the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, and the state was admitted in 1821. The Missouri River splits the state in half, dividing the northern plains from the southern highlands. In Missouri, Jefferson City is the capital. Included below, you can find the best towns if you are thinking about moving to Missouri.

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#1 Eureka 


Located in St. Louis County, Eureka has a population of 10,375. The town has a low poverty rate at 4.7%. Eureka is great for people who enjoy a small town but still want to live near the city as St. Louis is thirty minutes away.

#2 St. Charles


St. Charles is located in St. Charles County, and it has a population of 66,900. In the town, 91% of the residents have at least a high school diploma. St. Charles is a beautiful city bordering the Missouri River.

#3 Rolla 


A town in Phelps County, Rolla has a population of 19,808. The unemployment rate here is very low at 3.2%. Rolla is the location of Missouri University of Science and Technology.

#4 Willard


Willard is a town in Greene County, and it has a population of 5,395. The poverty rate in Willard is 11.4%, which is below the national average. Willard is a safe city with low annual crime rates.

#5 Washington


Washington is a town in Franklin County, and it has a population of 13,982. The town has an unemployment rate of 3.3% and a poverty rate of 11%, which are both below the national average and positive signs for the town’s economy.

#6 Farmington


Located in St. Francois County, Farmington has a population of 17,213. For renters, the median rent here is $646. Farmington is benefited by is location between several state parks, providing residents with outdoor activities.

#7 Excelsior Springs


A town in Clay County, Excelsior Springs has a population of 11,391. The median household income here is $51,634. For people looking to live in a community of home owners, 67.3% of the residents in Excelsior Springs own their home.

#8 Kearney 


Kearney is also located in Clay County, and it has a population of 8,845. The town has a low unemployment rate of 3.8% and a low poverty rate of 5.6%. With a median household income of $73,622, Kearney has a strong financial base.

#9 Jefferson City


Located in Cole County, Jefferson City has a population of 43,184. It has a low unemployment rate at 3.6%. Jefferson City provides residents with a small scale urban environment.

#10 Branson


A town in Taney County, Branson has a population of 10,942. For renters, the median rent price is $692. The beauty of Branson is enhanced by its location on Table Rock Lake.

#11 Neosho


Neosho is located in Newton County, and it has a population of 12,038. It has a low unemployment rate of 3.2%. Neosho is home to the campus of Crowder College.

#12 Maryville


Located in Nodaway County, Maryville has a population of 12,018. 94% of the residents have at least a high school diploma. That is partly due to the location of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.

#13 Sedalia


Sedalia is a town in Pettis County, and it has a population 21,429. It has an unemployment rate of 4.5%, which is below the national average. Sedalia is home of the Missouri State Fair.

#14 Warrensburg 


A town in Johnson County, Warrensburg has a population of 19,548. For renters, the median rent price here is $704. This town is the location of the University of Central Missouri.

#15 Cape Girardeau


Located in Cape Girardeau County, Cape Girardeau has a population of 38,665. The unemployment rate here is 5.4%, which is below the national average. Cape Girardeau provides a small town urban environment on the Mississippi River.

#16 Waynesville


Waynesville is a town in Pulaski County, and it has a population of 5,147. The poverty level here is low at 10.2%. This is a town with a rich history and many historical sites that the town preserves and promotes.

#17 Marshfield 


Located in Webster County, Marshfield has a population of 6,789. The median home value here is $97,400. Marshfield is the location of the Missouri Walk of Fame, which honors famous individuals from Missouri.

#18 Cameron 


A town in Dekalb County, Cameron has a population of 10,008. The median home value here is $109,000. Cameron is located less than an hour from Kansas City for those who travel into the city.

#19 Kirksville


Located in Adair County, Kirksville has a population of 17,578. The unemployment rate here is low at 3.9%. For people seeking a higher education, Kirksville is home to Truman State University.

#20 Perryville


A town in Perry County, Perryville has a population of 8,280. This town has a very low unemployment rate at 2.8%. For those who enjoy boating and fishing, Perryville is located near the Mississippi River.

#21 Pleasant Hill


Pleasant Hill is a town in Cass County and has a population of 8,173. The town has an unemployment rate of 4.8% and a poverty rate of 11.9%, which are below the national average and positive signs for the town’s economy.

#22 Macon


Located in Macon County, Macon has a population of 5,476. For renters, the median rent price here is $449. The town is located on Macon Lake for residents who enjoy fishing and boating.

#23 Hannibal


A town in Marion County, Hannibal has a population of 17,779. The median home value here is $81,200. Adding to the beauty of Hannibal is its location on the Mississippi River.

#24 Fulton


Fulton is a town in Callaway County, and it has a population of 12,791. For renters, the median rent price here is $600. Fulton is just thirty minutes from Jefferson City, which is the state capital.

#25 West Plains


Located in Howell County, West Plains has a population of 12,176. The unemployment rate here is 4.7%, which is below the national average. As part of the Ozarks, West Plains provides a beautiful natural environment for residents.

#26 St. Joseph 


A town in Buchanan County, St. Joseph has a population of 77,040. The town has an unemployment rate of 5.9%, which is below the national average. St. Joseph has the benefit of being just north of Kansas City on the Missouri River.

#27 Richmond


A town located in Ray County, Richmond has a population of 5,702. For renters, the median rent price is $633. The town is a rich Arts community with a part of the town dedicated to the Arts, which is called Farris Arts District.

#28 Joplin


Located in Jasper County, Joplin has a population of 50,900. The town has a median home value of $103,300. Joplin is located within an hour of three other state: Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas.

#29 Nevada


A town in Vernon County, Nevada has a population of 8,318. The town has a low unemployment rate at 4%. For people seeking a higher education, Cottey College is located in Nevada.

#30 Union


Union is a town in Franklin County and has a population of 10,517. It has a poverty rate of 12%, which is below the national average. For those who commute to St. Louis, Union is less than an hour outside the city.

#31 Marshall


Located in Saline County, Marshall has a population of 13,059. For renters, the median rent price in Marshall is $596. Marshall is home to Missouri Valley College.

#32 Monett


Monett is located in Barry County, and it has a population of 8,935. The median home value here is $107,200. For people seeking a safe community, Monett has low annual violent crimes.

#33 Odessa 


Located in Lafayette County, Odessa has a population of 5,237. The town has an unemployment rate of 5% and a poverty rate of 9%, both of which are below he national average and show positive signs for the town’s economy.

#34 Carthage


A town in Jasper County, Carthage has a population of 14,281. For renters, the median rent price here is $673. Carthage is a town full of architecture dating back to the Victorian era that maintains historical significance.

#35 Moberly 


A town in Randolph County, Moberly has a population of 13,898. The median household income here is $33,942. Moberly provides residents with a safe, small town environment near the center of Missouri.

#36 Bolivar 


Bolivar is a town in Polk county and has a population of 10,443. 88% of the residents have at least their high school diploma. For people seeking an education, Bolivar is home to Southwest Baptist University.

#37 Mexico


A town in Audrain County, Mexico has a population of 11,555. For renters, the median rent price here is $627. Mexico benefits from its location, as it is less that an hour from the capital of Missouri, Jefferson City.

#38 Harrisonville


A town in Cass County, Harrisonville has a population of 10,019. 89% of the residents here have at least a high school diploma. Harrisonville is located just south of Kansas City for people who commute into the city.

#39 Pacific 


Pacific is a town in Franklin County, and it has a population of 6,047. The unemployment rate in Pacific is below the national average at 6.1%. The beauty of Pacific is enhanced by its placement on the Meramec River.

#40 Trenton 


Located in Grundy County, Trenton has a population of 6,058. The town has a very low unemployment rate at 2.4%. For people who enjoy boating and fishing, Trenton Lake is located in Trenton.

#41 Savannah 


A town in Andrew County, Savannah has a population of 5,101. The town has an unemployment rate of 4.8% and a poverty rate of 10.3%, which are both below the national average. These rate are positive signs for the town’s economy and the residents that live here.

#42 Poplar Bluff 


Poplar Bluff is a town in Butler County, and it has a population of 17,190. The median home value here is $90,600. As part of the Ozark foothills, Poplar Bluff provides a beautiful environment for its residents.

#43 Warrenton


Located in Warren County, Warrenton is home to 7,974 people. For people looking to buy a house among other home owners, 67.2% of the residents in Warrenton own their home.

#44 Bonne Terre


Bonne Terre is located in St. Francois County, and it has a population of 7,025. For renters, the median rent price here is $455. The town is located an hour from St. Louis for those who travel into the city.

#45 Lebanon


Lebanon is located in Laclede County, and it has a population of 14,595. At 5.6%, the unemployment rate is below the national average. The town of Lebanon has plenty of rivers nearby for fishing and tubing for people who enjoy the outdoors.

#46 Troy


Located in Lincoln County, Troy has a population of 11,015. 89% of the residents in Troy have at least a high school diploma. For people looking for a safe environment, Troy has very low annual violent crime rate with no registered murders or robberies.

#47 Boonville


Boonville is located in Cooper County, and it has a population of 8,320. At 5.3%, the unemployment rate is below the national average. The town is bordered by the Missouri River, adding to the town’s natural beauty.

#48 Sullivan 


Located in Franklin County, Sullivan has a population of 7,058. For renters, the average rent price here is $643. Sullivan allows residents to live in a rural community, while only being an hour out from St. Louis.

#49 Clinton


A town in Henry County, Clinton has a population of 9,014. The median home value here is $92,100. With Victorian style buildings, Clinton has the largest historic square in Missouri.

#50 Sikeston 


Located in Scott County, Sikeston has a population of 16,642. At 5.9%, the unemployment rate is below the national average. For people who enjoy boating and fishing, Sikeston is located less than thirty minutes from the Mississippi River.

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Best Towns to Live in Massachusetts 2016


Having joined the Union in 1788, Massachusetts became a manufacturing center during the Industrial Revolution. The state now largely manufactures computers and electronics. Massachusetts is home to Plymouth, which was the first colony in New England. The capital, Boston, is also a rich historical center as well as the largest city in the state. If you’re seeking a home in Massachusetts, find the best towns in the list below.

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#1 Newton


Newton is a town in Middlesex County, and it has a population of 86,945. The town has an unemployment rate of 4% and a poverty rate of 5.6%, which are both below the national average. These rates are a positive sign for the town’s economy and for the residents who live here.

#2 Waltham


Also located in Middlesex County, Waltham has a population of 61,908. The median home value is more than double the national average at $411,400. Waltham has the benefit of being located less than thirty minutes from downtown Boston.

#3 Framingham


Located in Middlesex County as well, Framingham has a population of 69,900. The unemployment rate here is 5%, and the poverty rate is 11%. Framingham is a town that dates back to 1700, giving it a rich history from as early as colonial America.

#4 Barnstable Town


A town in Barnstable County, Barnstable Town has a population of 44,750. In the town, 95% of the residents have at least a high school diploma. Barnstable Town is located on the Atlantic Ocean for people who enjoy boating and fishing.

#5 Pittsfield


Pittsfield is located in Berkshire County and has a population of 44,226. For renters, the median rent here is $762. Pittsfield is a town that promotes both Arts and culture, evident by its government owned Lichtenstein Center for the Arts.

#6 Montague Town


Located in Franklin County, Montague Town has a population of 8,394. The median home value here is above the national average at $200,100. For residents who enjoy the outdoors, Montague Town is located between the Connecticut River and the Montague State Forest.

#7 North Adams


A town in Berkshire County, North Adams has a population of 13,563. For renters, the median rent price here is $672. North Adams is home to the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, which influences the community’s culture.

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