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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.

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 Missouri. Ranked below are the top towns. 

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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.

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 Massachusetts. Ranked below are the top towns. 

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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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Best Towns to Live in New Jersey 2016

New Jersey

Originally one of the thirteen English colonies, New Jersey is located in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. New Jersey has various beaches and seaside resorts on the Atlantic Ocean, which makes it a large center of tourism. With its place on the Atlantic Ocean, the Garden State is a major shipping center as well. Its capital is located in Trenton, and the largest city is Newark. If you would like to live in New Jersey, here are the best towns you will find there.

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 New Jersey. Ranked below are the top towns.

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#1 Lebanon Township

Located in Hunterdon County, Lebanon Township has a population of 6,507. It has extremely low crime rates, and the medium income levels are high at $108,516 per household. The town has a beautiful rural landscape as it relies on an agricultural community.

#2 Jefferson Township


Jefferson Township can be found in Morris County, and it has a population of 21,443. The town has a low poverty rate at 4.7%, and 91.9% of the residents own their own home. The town has both parks and lakes, which make it great for outdoor activities.

#3 Ocean City


Located in Cape May County, Ocean City has a population of 11,520. The town has a low unemployment rate at 3.8%, and the home value is well above average at $566,400. Ocean City prides itself in its more secluded beaches, which aren’t overcrowded with resorts and tourists.

#4 Newton


A town located in Sussex County, Newton has a population of 7,999. The home values are high here at $227,300, and the crime rates are below the national average.

#5 Hammonton


Located in Atlantic County, Hammonton has a population of 14,796. The poverty rate here is low at 8.5%, and the town has low property and violent crime rates. According to the city’s website, Hammonton prides itself on its schools’ commitment to academic excellence.

#6 Vernon Township


Another town located in Sussex County, Vernon Township has a population of 23,168. Household income in Vernon Township is above national average at $87,707, and the poverty rate is low at 5.6%. The town is filled with both federal and state parks, including a stretch of the Appalachian Trail.

#7 Hardyston Township


Also located in Sussex County, Hardyston Township has a population of 8,126. The town has high education levels as 96% of the residents have at least a high school diploma. The poverty rate is also low at 3.8%.

#8 Holland Township


Located in Hunterdon County, Holland Township has a population of 5,243. The town has a low unemployment rate at 3.5%. The home ownership rate here is 91.8%.

#9 Franklin


Franklin is located in Sussex County, and it has a population of 4,994. The town has a home ownership rate of 70.7% and a median home value of $212,400.

#10 New Brunswick


A town in Middlesex County, New Brunswick has a population of 55,804. The home value here is above the national average at $240,700. It is bordered by the Raritan River and is home to Rutgers University.

#11 North Hanover Township


Located in Burlington County, North Hanover Township is home to 7,655 people. The town has a low poverty rate at 4%. The residents also have a higher education level with 93% of them at least having a high school diploma.

#12 Plumsted Township


Plumsted Township is located in Ocean County and has a population of 8,490. The home values are high at $310,300, and the median household income is above the national average at $74,938. Plumsted Township maintains a rural setting for its residents.

#13 Washington


Located in Warren County, Washington is home to 6,439 people. Washington residents have higher income levels. The median individual income is $36,057, and the median household income is $55,547.

#14 Lakewood


Another town located in Ocean County, Lakewood has a population of 51,944. Lakewood has a low unemployment rate at 4.3%, and median home value is high at $396,000. The town is home to the Lakewood Blueclaws minor league baseball team and offers boating on Lake Carasaljo.

#15 Little Egg Harbor Township


Also found in Ocean County, Little Egg Harbor Township is home to 20,339 people. 84.5% of the people in Little Egg Harbor Township are home owners, and the homes are valued above the national average at $229,900. The town is located at the mouth of the Mullica River.

#16 Atlantic City


Located in Atlantic County, Atlantic City has a population of 39,521. The median home value is above the national average at $201,600. This town is on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean and allows you to enjoy both gambling in its casinos and swimming on its beaches.

#17 Trenton


Trenton is located in Mercer County and has a population of 84,459. The median rent in Trenton is $991. It is the capital of New Jersey and is within a hour driving time from both Philadelphia and New York City.

#18 Vineland 


Located in Cumberland County, Vineland has a population of 60,985. 66.9% of the residents in Vineland are home owners. The town borders Union Lake and is within half an hour of Delaware Bay.

#19 Salem


Salem is found in Salem County, and it has a population of 5,045. The median rent in Salem is $850. Salem is the county seat of Salem County, and it borders the Salem River.

#20 Bridgeton


Also located in Cumberland County, Bridgeton has a population of 25,252. The median rent in Bridgeton is $969. Bridgeton is a small urban community that is split by the Cohansey River.

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Best Towns to Live in Maryland 2016

MarylandBeing part of the Mid-Atlantic region, Maryland was one of the thirteen colonies controlled by the British prior to the Revolutionary War in the United States. Maryland joined the Union in 1788, becoming the seventh state to be admitted. Annapolis is the capital of Maryland, and Baltimore is the largest city. If you want to make Maryland your home, here are the best towns to consider.

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 Maryland. Ranked below are the top towns. 

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#1 Frederick 


Frederick is located in Frederick county and has a population of 66,646. Residents tend to have a higher education level, while the poverty rate is below the national average at 10.8%.

#2 Ocean Pines


Located in Worcester County, Ocean Pines has a population of 10,727. This town has a very low poverty rate at 5.5%, and 89.6% of the residents own their own homes.

#3 Easton


Easton can be found in Talbot County, and the population is 16, 541. The home values in Easton are high, and the unemployment rate is low at 4%.

#4 Ocean City


Another town located in Worcester County, Ocean City has a population of 7,093. The poverty rate here is low at 6.2%, and 92% of the residents have at least a high school diploma.

#5 Hagerstown 


Hagerstown is located in Washington County. It has a population of 40, 295. 31% of the residence have at least some college eduction, which is higher than the national average.

#6 Salisbury 


Located in Wicomico County, Salisbury has a population of 31,334. The unemployment rate here meets the national average, and the median rent meets the national average as well.

#7 Cumberland


Cumberland is located in Allegany County, and it has a population of 20,557. A majority of the residents in Cumberland own their homes, and the town has the benefit of being located on the Potomac River.

#8 Cambridge

Located in Dorchester County, Cambridge has a population of 12,511. Being a town on the Choptank River, the town is great for people interested in fishing and boating.

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Best Towns to Live in Virginia 2016

VirginiaVirginia was the first English colony established in the New World. Its name comes from Queen Elizabeth of England who was referred to as the “Virgin Queen,” and it is located in the South Atlantic region. Eight United States presidents were born in Virginia, and people often call it “Mother of Presidents.” Although its capital is in Richmond, the largest city is Virginia Beach. If you’re looking to move, here are the best towns in Virginia.

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 Virginia. Ranked below are the top towns. 

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#1 Charlottesville 


Charlottesville is an independent city in the center of Virginia with a population of 44,505. The town has a low unemployment rate at 3%, and most of the populace have at least some college eduction. Charlottesville is home to the University of Virginia, which provides much of that educated populace.

#2 Winchester 


Winchester is an independent city located in northern Virginia. It has a population of 27,031. The town has a 4.6% unemployment rate, which is below the national average. The median home value is above the national average at $219,700. Winchester is home to many historical sites and the location of Shenandoah University.

#3 Blacksburg


Located in Montgomery County, Blacksburg is home to 43,204 residents. The unemployment rate in Blacksburg is lower than the national average at 4.2%. The unemployment rate is benefited by the highly educated residents, with 69% of them having at least a bachelor’s degree.

#4 Radford


Radford is an independent city with a population of 16,993, and it is located in western Virginia. The town has a 4% unemployment rate, which is below the national average. The residents are well educated with 88% of them having at least a high school diploma. Radford is benefited by being the location of Radford University.

#5 Christiansburg 


A town located in Montgomery County, Christiansburg is home to 21,427 residents. The town has a very low unemployment rate at 2.4%, and the poverty rate is low as well at 12.8%. These low rates are positive signs for the towns economy.

#6 Harrisonburg 


Harrisonburg is an independent city located in central Virginia, and it has a population of 50,821. The unemployment rate is low at 4.1%. The town is home to George Madison University.

#7 Front Royal 


Located in Warren County, Front Royal has a population of 14,709. The poverty rate here is below the national average at 14.3%. The median house value in Front Royal is $168,800. For residents who enjoy the outdoors, the South Fork Shenandoah River runs through the town.

#8 Lexington


Lexington is an independent state located in western Virginia. It has a population of 7,114. The unemployment rate is low at 3.4%. The houses have maintained their value as the median home value sits above the national average at $248,900.

#9 Roanoke 


Roanoke is an independent city located in central Virginia with a population of 97,949. The unemployment rate is below the national average at 5.3%. Roanoke is home to the Mill Mountain Zoo.

#10 Staunton


Located in central Virginia, Staunton is an independent city with a population of 24,132. The unemployment rate is below the national average at 4%. Staunton provides residents with activities that range from shopping to clean outdoor parks.

#11 Culpeper


A town in Culpeper County, Culpeper has a population of 16,968. Both the poverty rate and the unemployment rate are below the national average. Increased income allows residents to upkeep their homes, which puts the median home value above the national average at $190,800.

#12 Bristol


Bristol is an independent city located in western Virginia. It has a population of 17,595. The median rent cost in Bristol is $635. The residents of Bristol, VA share a border with Bristol, TN.

#13 Lynchburg 


Lynchburg is an independent city that can be found in central Virginia, and it has a population of 77,626. 61% of the residents here have at least some college education. Lynchburg provides residents with an urban setting along the James River.

#14 Waynesboro 


Located in central Virginia, Waynesboro is an independent city with a population of 21,177. The town has an unemployment rate of 4.8%, which is below the national average. Waynesboro is split by the South River for residents who enjoy the outdoors.

#15 Big Stone Gap


Big Stone Gap is located in Wise County and has a population of 5,559. The unemployment rate is below the national average at 4.5%. Big Stone Gap provides a beautiful outdoor environment along the Powell River.

#16 Galax


Galax is an independent city located in southern Virginia with a population of 6,981. The median rent in Galax is $531. This town is great for people who enjoy hiking as the town’s website states that it is the gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains.

#17 Pulaski 


Located in Pulaski County, Pulaski has a population of 8,993. The unemployment rate in the town is low at 4.1%, and the median rent cost is $574. Pulaski is within driving distance of Claytor Lake for outdoor activities.

#18 Wytheville


A town located in Wythe County, Wytheville is home to 8,193 people. The median home value in Wytheville is $164,600. The town is located in the mountains and has many trails and other outdoor activities.

#19 Smithfield 

Located in Isle of Wight County, Smithfield has a population of 8,159. The poverty rate here is below the national average at 13.9%. The community is built by its homeowners, who make up 70.8% of the town.

#20 Farmville


Farmville is located in Prince Edward County, and it has a population of 8,350. The median home value in Farmville is $168,300. Farmville maintains many parks for outdoor activities.

#21 Danville


Danville is an independent city located in southern Virginia with a population of 42,704. The median rent costs in Danville is low at $595. Danville is located on the Dan River and has plenty of shopping centers for residents.

#22 Covington


Located in western Virginia, Covington has a population of 5,853. The unemployment rate here is extremely low at 2.7%. 75.1% of the residents in Covington are homeowners as these longterm residents help build this community.

#23 Buena Vista


Buena Vista is an independent city located in central Virginia, and it has a population of 6,683. The unemployment rate is below the national average at 4.5%. Buena Vista is home to Southern Virginia University.

#24 Bedford


Located in Bedford County, Bedford is home to 6,508 residents. The median rent cost in Bedford is $651. Bedford is located within the Blue Ridge Mountains, providing many outdoor activities.

#25 Martinsville


Martinsville is an independent city in southern Virginia. It has a population of 13,745. The median home value in the town is $85,800, and the median rent cost is $593. Martinsville Speedway is located here for NASCAR fans.

#26 Portsmouth


Located in eastern Virginia, Portsmouth has a population of 96,007. The median rent price is $967, and the median home value is $173,700. Portsmouth is a beautiful port at the end of the Elizabeth River.

#27 Richlands


Located in Tazewell County, Richlands has a population of 5,698. The town has a low unemployment rate at 4.1%. For people looking to join a community of home owners, 65.1% of the residents in Richlands own their home.

#28 South Boston


South Boston is located in Halifax County and has a population of 8,069. The median rent cost in South Boston is $553. The town has the benefit of being bordered by the Dan River.

#29 Franklin


Flanklin is an independent city located in southern Virginia, and it has a population of 8,534. The median home value here is $170,900, which is near the national average for home owners.

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Best Towns to Live in Texas 2016


Second in size (268,581 square miles) and with several major urban areas as well as many small towns, Texas has a lot to offer. Texas shares borders with Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico, as well as Mexico to the south. Austin, Houston, Dallas, and El Paso, Texas are the most populous cities in the state. A 2015 population estimate brings Texas to 27,469,114 inhabitants. The state’s terrain greatly varies by region, from prairies, grasslands, and forests to deserts, swamps and coastlines as well as diversified wildlife. Texas has the second highest gross state product in the country, including major energy, technology, and commercial industries.

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#1 Sugar Land


World famous Sugar Land is located within the greater Houston area of Fort Bend County. Sugar Land is one of the wealthiest and quickly-developing cities within the state. In fact, the city experienced a 42% job growth rate between 200 and 2007. Major industries include sugar refinery, chemical and energy efficient companies.

#2 College Station


College Station is located in the Brazos Valley, East-Central Texas. According to the 2010 census, there are 93,857 residents in College Station. Paired with its neighboring city, College Station and Bryan, Texas make up a combined metropolitan area of 228,660 people. Texas A&M University is located in College Station, which has put the city on the map in terms of education and job opportunity.

#3 Conroe 


In Houston’s metropolitan area sits Conroe, Texas of Montgomery County. The city was once primarily involved in the oil and lumber industries. The city is well-connected to other major urban areas via nearby public highways. Each year, the city puts on several cultural and arts festivals.

#4 Boerne


Boerne boasts an atmosphere great for families and couples alike. The city is located in the center of the state, in Kendall County, Texas and within the greater San Antonio area. Two of Texas best known caves are located in Boerne: Cave Without a Name and Cascade Caverns. Only fifteen minutes away in San Antonio are attractions such as Sea World, the Alamo, the River Walk, and the Rim. 10,471 people live in Boerne as of 2010.

#5 Lago Vista


Lago Vista is a small city of 6,041 (2010) in Travis County, Texas in the center of the state. Lake Travis is to the south, and Austin is 20 miles southeast. Lago Vista has consistently ranked high as one of the best cities to raise a family. Its flourishing economy is based on business, retail, education, and government.

#6 Forney


Texas Legislature has referred to Forney as the “Antique Capital of Texas.” It’s located in Kaufman County, in the Dallas-Forth-Worth metropolitan area. In 2010, 14,661 people were residing in Forney. Residents enjoy recreational activities at a number of the city’s sports fields.

#7 Bryan


Situated in the heart of Brazos Valley, Bryan, Texas border College Station and has a population of 76,201 (year 2010) people. Bryan-College Station combined is among the largest metropolitan areas in the state. Bryan is home to many sports facilities, for sports including baseball, track, tennis, and golf.

#8 Granbury


Just 30 miles from Forth Worth Texas, Granbury is within the limits of Hood County and has a population of 7,978 according to census records. Local attractions include the Daniel Harris Home, the Ashton House, and the Granbury Opera House marquee.

#9 Kerrville


Named after James Kerr, a major in the Texan Revolution, Kerrville is also within Kerr County. As of 2009, 22,826 people were living in Kerrville. Kerrville is best regarded for its parks and proximity to the Guadalupe River. Throughout the year, many local festivals spring up, including the Kerrville Folk Festival. The Museum of Western Art and the Mooney Aviation Company are other notable features.

#10 Brenham


Brenham is located in Washington County, Texas. It’s roughly the halfway point between Houston and Austin. The county is regarded as the birthplace of Texas since it is here that the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed. All approximated 16,297 residents are lucky enough to enjoy one of Brenham’s major industries: Blue Bell Creameries ice cream.

#11 Galveston 


This coastal city is split between Galveston Island and Pelican Island. According to a 2012 estimate, 47,762 people live in Galveston, an area of about 208.3 square miles. It’s generally located in the Houston area. Today, local economy relies heavily on tourism, healthcare, shopping, and financial businesses. Many structures in the old part of town have made the National Register of Historic Places.

#12 Taylor 


Taylor, Texas can be found in Williamson, County Texas. It’s a small town of approximately 15,000 residents. Taylor is a well connected city, via public highways as well as public transportation; both Amtrak and Greyhound transport services.

#13 Fredericksburg


In Gillespie County of central Texas, sits Fredericksburg with a population of 10,530 (2010). A economy based primarily in agriculture, Fredericksburg’s tourism industry is also growing. Together, this agri-tourism industry introduces visitors and locals alike to farms of wildflower seeds and lavender, as well as brewpubs and vineyards.

#14 Ingleside


The bordertown of Ingleside rests between the counties of Nueces and San Patricio. As of the 2010 census, 9,387 inhabitants reside. This small town is the site of many green area, community parks, and bay areas with boat access.

#15 San Angelo


Sometimes nicknamed the “Oasis of West Texas” or the “River City,” San Angelo offers green landscapes and fresh water. The city is home to Angelo State University, Fort Concho, and Goodfellow Air Force Base. The metropolitan area includes 118,182 people. San Angelo arts and culture scene includes the San Angelo Museum of Art, San Angelo Symphony, and the San Angelo Civic Ballet.

#16 Sherman


At the very northeast edge of the state, Sherman, Texas is in Grayson, County and had a population of 38,521 in 2010. The first electric interurban railway was built between Sherman and Denison in 1901. Today, the city is well-connected to other major urban areas, including Dallas, which is located 65 miles away.

#17 Stephenville


Proud locals have given the city of Stephenville (among other cities in the state) the title of “Cowboy Capital of the World”. Stephenville is home to Tarleton State University, as well as several public elementary, middle, and high schools.

#18 Keene


Keene is a small town of 6,106 in Johnson County, Texas and with an area of4.93 square miles. Keene Independent School District as well as two private grade level schools provide educational services.

#19 Marble Falls 


Marble Falls is situated in Burnet County, between the cities of Austin and San Antonio, Texas. The population was 6,077 according to a state census in 2010. The Highland Lakes on the Colorado River can be found in Marble Falls, among the largest group of lakes in all of Texas.

#20 Edinburg


Near to the Rio Grande, Edinburg is about 37.4 square miles in area, located in Hidalgo County. A recent population estimate lists the city of Edinburg at 81,000 residents. In addition to primary and secondary education, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s campus is also in Edinburg.

#21 Henderson


Henderson is at the intersection of many major transportation arteries, including Texas State Highway 64 and US Route 79. The city’s roots are in Rusk County of northeast Texas. In 2010, the population was 13,712 residents. The city holds historical significance, including many buildings and landmarks dating back prior to the American Civil War.

#22 Levelland


Levelland is a northwest city in Hockley County, Texas. The city’s economy relies on major industries like cotton farming and petroleum manufacturing. The city’s population was 13,542 in 2010. The third week in July, Camp Bluegrass puts on a series of public concerts at the South Plains College Campus.

#23 Lindale


Founded in 1871, Lindale, Texas has a rich history, especially during the American Civil War. In the years that followed, the city’s first post office and railway system were built. Today, the Smith County Texas city with5,024 residents is known for its International Festival of the Equestrian Arts and International Quadrille Championship.

#24 Vernon


The city of Vernon is located in Wilbarger County, Texas. Just about 11,000 residents live in Vernon. Major employers in the area include Tyson Foods as well as other meat processing companies, and North Texas State Hospital. Every May, the city puts on the Santa Rosa Roundup Rodeo.

#25 Monahans


Only a small town of 6,953 residents. Monahans belongs mostly in Ward County, Texas, but a small portion spills over into Winkler County. The Monahans Sandhills State Park hosts family activities as well as special events. The Texas-New Mexico Railroad makes a stop in Monahans, Texas.

#26 Mission


“Home of the Ruby Red Grapefruit,” in Hidalgo County at the state’s southern tip, is home to the Texas Citrus Exchange and is a major fruit cultivator. Each year the city holds a fruit and citrus-theme parade for its 80,452 (2012) residents.

#27 Plainview


Plainview Texas, population 22,194, is home of Wayland Baptist University. This northern Hale County city has, in the past, had a prevalent peanut plant and beef processing plant. The Commercial Historic District belongs on the National Register of Historical Places.

#28 Port Isabel


Located at the very southern tip of the state, Port Isabel is a weekend vacation destination for many. Once a major cotton exporters, today, the port town offer beach family fun, scenic panoramic views, and access to the Port Isabel Lighthouse. Although only 5,006 people reside in the small town, many more flock to the port each year to watch for dolphins, enjoy a day at the spa, or visit the city’s history museum.

#29 Mount Pleasant


Mount Pleasant of Titus County is the largest in the area with a size of 12.7 square miles. There are about 15,564 residents in the city as of 2010. Many buildings within the city are protected under the National Trust for Historical Preservation. Recently, a project to improve a freeway bypass was completed.

#30 Brownwood


Brownwoods is located in central Texas, in Brown county. The city has a population of 19,288 as of the 2010 census. In the past, the city has served as the site of US army’s Camp Bowie. Nearby Lake Brownwood contains a variety of fish, only seven miles away. In addition to public primary and secondary institutions, Brownwood is also home to Howard Payne University.

#31 Bastrop


Thirty miles from Austin, Bastrop, Texas is made up of 7,218 residents. Bastrop County is located along the Colorado River, and the city stretches from east to west bluffs. The lake functions as a cooling pool for a nearby power plant, as well as a recreational area for locals. The Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort opened in the city ten years ago, and currently employs roughly 600 workers, plus an additional 175 employees seasonally.

#32 Gun Barrel City


Gun Barrel City is located in Henderson County, in the northeast region of the state. It had a population of 5,672 in 2010. The city got its name in the 1920s and 30s during prohibition went outlaws would come into town, guns in their holster. Today, however, Gun Barrel City is know as the primary entry point to Cedar Creek Lake, and used for fishing and boating.

#33 Manor


One of the fastest-growing suburbs in the Austin area, Manor, Texas is located in Travis County. Only a couple years ago, had a population of 5,000 residents, although that number has since grown. Manor, Texas has been the site of several movie sets, including What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. Manor is saturated with many parks and recreational areas.

#34 Commerce


Although the town of 8,000 inhabitants may be considered rural, Commerce is also hosts the Texa A & M University -Commerce campus. The university is a four-year school with over 12,000 students. The city is about 60 miles from Dallas, and is well-connected to the area’s biggest interstate highways.

#35 Lockhart


Lockhart is located in Caldwell County, Texas. One of the first major industries in the city–cotton–flourished with the arrival of the railroad, which allowed for trading. The town’s public library houses the oldest library in all of Texas. Several movies were filmed here, including scenes from What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. The city has a population of 12,698 residents.

#36 Anna


Anna, Texas is in northern Collin County and has a total area of 14.1 square miles. Nearly 8,249 inhabitants live within the city. Anna is about 40 miles north of Dallas, and is also the meeting point of US 75, State Highway 5, and State Highway 121.

#37 Borger


Hutchinson County is home to Borger, Texas, with a population of 13,251 at the 2010 census. Historically speaking, Borger is known as a forerunner in the oil drilling business. The city today remains an important shipping port for petroleum products and fresh produce.

#38 Cleburne


Cleburne, after General Patrick Cleburne, is situated in Johnson County, Texas. Cleburne’s main industries included agriculture, which expanded even further when a railway was built connected eastern Texas to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The city’s biggest employers today include the rail business, local hospital, and retail chains.

#39 Sweetwater


Claiming a long history as a rail town, the Texas and Pacific Railway began in Sweetwater in 1881. Over time, Sweetwater has maintained an economy of cotton, oil, and cattle. The 10,920 residents enjoy such attractions as the Pioneer Museum. The city has often been referred to in popular songs television, and film.

#40 Denison


The city of Denison was established at the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (MKT) in Grayson County, Texas. The first electric interurban railway ran between the cities of Denison and Sherman for the first time in 1901. Denison, a city of 22,682, has oftentimes made travel magazine’s lists of the most desired vacation destinations in Texas.

#41 Harlingen


Harlingen lies in the heart of the Rio Grande Valley in Cameron County. 64,849 (2010) people live in the city. The city is only 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico and covers more than 40 square miles. The cost of living is the lowest in the entire United States. Recreation includes the Valley Race Park and World Birding Center.

#42 Brady


The self-proclaimed “Heart of Texas,” the city of Brady belongs to McCulloch County and houses 5,528 residents. Brady is historically a farming and ranching community. Each year on Labor Day, Brady celebrated with a music festival and local cook-off.

#43 Bonham


The city’s namesake comes from James Bonham, who was present during the Battle of the Alamo. The city is located in Fannin County, Texas. In the past, during World War II, the city has provided aviation training grounds to troops headed to war. Once the city connected to the Texas and Pacific Railway, Bonham sprung up and greatly expanded by way of churches, colleges, public schools, saw mills and power plants. Today, the city welcomes 10,127 residents.

#44 Diboll


Diboll of Angelina County, Texas in the eastern region of the state had a population of 5,359 during the 2010 census. Situated amongst long-stretched pine trees, Diboll was named after J.C Diboll, a local logging and lumber salesman. Today, the business is still a significant source of revenue for this small town.

#45 Rio Grande City


Forty-one miles from McAllen, Texas, Rio Grande City in in Starr County. The Rio Grande City-Carmago International Bridge connects it with other neighboring urban sprawls. At one point, during the invasion of Mexico, the city of Rio Grande was crucial in the passing off of soldiers and supplies as well as frequent steamboat traffic.

#46 Sanger


Sanger, Texas is located in the northeastern part of the state. Over a hundred years ago, the city was established as a stop on the Santa Fe Railroad. Agriculture became the most viable income source, including livestock and the production of oats, maize, and cotton.

#47 Lampasas


Lampasas, Texas is located in central Texas, with a population of 6,681. The city’s land was rewarded to John Burleson for his involvement in the Texas Revolution. Every summer in July, Lampass hosts the Spring Ho festival. Nearby Mineral Wells attract visitors hoping for some natural healing or merely an afternoon of relaxation.

#48 Del Rio


Val Verde County Texas marks the location of Del Rio city. The city of 40,549 is connected to other nearby cities via the Ciudad Acuña International Bridge. Additionally, Laghlin Air Force Base can be found in Del Rio, the busiest US Air Force training grounds in the world.

#49 Seguin


Thanks to the oil boom following the Great Depression, Seguin, Texas, bounce back from a small town dependent on farming and ranching, to a city independently thriving. Today, the city of 25,175 is frequented due to many popular attractions including ZDT’s Amusement Park, Pape’s Pecan House and Nutcracker Museum, and the Max Strarcke Park.

#50 Victoria


Victoria, Texas is located 30 miles away from the Gulf of Mexico and has been deemed “The Crossroads” because of its relative proximity to Corpus Christi, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin. The University of Houston-Victoria can be found here. Local economy is a mix of education, retail, health, and agriculture. An estimated 66,094 people live in Victoria as of 2014.

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Best Towns to Live in Pennsylvania 2016


Pennsylvania encompasses urban sprawls, historical landmarks, and diverse terrain. The commonwealth of46,055 square miles is bordered by Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, and Ontario of Canada. The state’s total population is n12,802,503 residents. One of the original thirteen colonies, Pennsylvania is the site of such historic prominence as the drafting site of the United States Declaration of Independence. Again during the American Civil war, Pennsylvania saw war up close with the Battle of Gettysburg. Today, Pennsylvania is home to several large cities including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Allentown and Erie. The state is also host to medium and small sized towns that contribute to the state’s historical and modern-day achievements.

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#1 State College


As the name suggests, State College, or “Happy Valley” is built up around Pennsylvania State Univeristy. A majority of the city’s demographics and economics is focused on the university. State College is best known for its sports; Penn State Nittany Lions Football attracts approximately 100,000 fans per home game. State College Spikes (baseball), women’s soccer, men’s volleyball, women’s volleyball, and wrestling are all league championships. Just outside the city, the terrains is mostly rolling hills and farmland. Downtown, the city is dynamic, but is still ranked one of the safest small towns in the United States.

#2 DuBois


Near to State College is the town of DuBois in Clearfield County. DuBois has extensive healthcare facilities, which also is the number one employer in the city. Outdoor recreation includes Treasure Lake and Cook Forest. The city of 7,794 is building a name for itself in the entertainment and arts arena. DuBois has its own DuBois Campus of Penn State University, and consults with the city of State College in terms of university-related developments.

#3 Huntingdon


Ninety-eight miles west of Harrisburg, lies Huntingdon, population 7,093. Huntingdon is the location of Juniata College and the Allegrippis Trails for mountain biking. The small city boasts a variety of public and private primary and secondary schools. Several annual community events include Mayfest, the Veterans day Parade, and the Tree Lighting Ceremony.

#4 Bloomsburg


Bloomsburg, Columbia County is located along Susquehanna River in eastern Pennsylvania. Settlers first came to the area in 1772, and today this city has a population of nearly 14,519 (est.2013) in nearly 4.69 square miles. The city is bordered by Mount Pleasant Township, Scott Township, and Hemlock Township. Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania is at the heart of the city.

#5 Spring Township


Second most populated in the county, Spring Township has a total of 27,119 (2010) residents and is in close proximity to Bloomsburg. The township’s name is derived from a large pool of fresh water in the center of the city. Open fields, greenery, and creeks surround the town and provide the perfect backdrop.

#6 Penn Township


Located in Westmoreland County, Penn Township of western Pennsylvania was put on the map during the battle at Bushy Run. Today, it’s considered a National Historic Landmark. Carnegie Mellon University chose Penn Township for the site of its new lab facilities in 1957. There are 19,591 (2000) residents in an area of 30.5 square miles.

#7 Meadville


Less than 90 miles from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Meadville is a principal city in its county and settled by David Mead in 1788. The city is surrounded by meadows and grasslands. Meadville hosts Allegheny College, a small liberal arts college. Throughout history, Meadville’s economy has relied on the logging, agriculture, and iron production (railway) industries.

#8 Kutztown


Kutztown Univeristy is located with the town of Kutztown, Berks County, Pennsylvania. The East Penn Valley city is heavily reliant on the university as a source of revenue and employment, as well as Radius Toothbrush (digital creative agency) and Sposto Interactive. Transportation is viable by way of US Route 222 and PA 737. Buildings on mainstreet are constructed with a uniform limestone, including the town’s churches. Crystal Cave, Pinnacle Ridge Winery, Blair Vineyards, and the Renningers Antiques Farmers Market are all major points of interests.

#9 Bethlehem


Historic landmarks and modern-day attractions welcome visitors to the city of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The city has a total population of 74,982 (2010), making it the seventh largest in the state. The east bank of Monocacy Creek forms the Colonial Industrial Quarter. The city became famous for its steel (armour) production, as well as its shipbuilding industry and metal production. At Christmastime, the city hangs its very own star of Bethlehem, originally made out of wood, and today, welded from the city’s own steel.

#10 Reading Township


Reading Township of Adams County rests on the border with Maryland to the south. The original settlements within the town included Hampton and Lake Meade. The city had a population of 5,780 in 2010. Although the city can be considered rural, it is easily accessible to large cities nearby.

#11 Sayre


Sayre, Pennsylvania is the largest town in Bradford, County, near Elmira, New York. Despite its population of 5,587, Sayre remains well-connected due to the expansion of the Lehigh Valley Railroad, the Erie Railroad, and the Pennsylvania and New York Railroad. Sayre prioritizes community involvement, evidenced through its community organizations like Big Brothers/Big Sisters, 4H, Sayre Little League, and Sayre Recreation Program.

#12 Indiana


Otherwise know as the “Christmas Tree Capital of the World”, Indiana, Pennsylvania got its name because the national Christmas Tree Grower’s Association began in the city. Most jobs in the southwestern city come from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Indiana City offers high quality primary and secondary educational as well, at public and Catholic schools.

#13 Lancaster


Famous for its large Amish population, Lancaster, Pennsylvania is one of the oldest towns in the United States. It’s population of 59,322 (2010) is also one of the state’s largest. Today, downtown Lancaster caters to tourism and also excels in the healthcare, public administration, and manufacturing industries. More so, the city has one of the largest indoors shopping facilities in the region. Historical landmarks include the Fulton Opera House, the Cork Factory Hotel, and the Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, which served as a station on the Underground Railroad.

#14 Washington Township


Founded in 1789 from Salem Township, Washington Township lies in Westmoreland County. Washington boats a comfortable and safe environment for residents, especially families. Local economy has always been tied to the agricultural industry. Wildlife in the town includes bear, deer, and coyotes.

#15 West Mead Township


Crawford County hosts this modest town of 5,249 (2010) in northwestern Pennsylvania. The historical bridge in Washington Township belongs to the National Register of Historical Places. Tamarack Lake and French Creek form boundaries around the city. The city has a total area of 18.8 square miles. Recreational activities include the Oakgrove Park Pavilion, the Dam Triathalon, and the Crawford County Fair.

#16 Union Township


Situated in Union County central Pennsylvania, Union Township is best know for its natural beauty, with plenty for residents to enjoy. To the east of the city, stretches West Branch Susquehanna River. Shikellamy State Park is located partially within the town, including a picnic area and hiking routes.

#17 Williamsport


Williamsport, the birthplace of Little League Baseball, is an ideal location for families to settle down. Each year, the city hosts the Little League World Series at the end of summer. The city of 29,304 (2009) is located in Lycoming, County, in the southern part of the state. Historically until present day, Williamsport’s economy relies on the lumber industry. Points of interest include the James V. Brown public library, and the Lycoming County Prison, operational between 1799 and 1801.

#18 Edinboro


Situated at the base of Edinboro Lake, the town is small, and home to the Edinboro University of Pennsylvanina. Visitors come to admire nearby natural beauty, as part of the snowbelt region of Lake Erie. Edinboro also houses historical sites like Academy Hall, as categorized by the National Register of Historic Places. The town’s population has fluctuated as a result of a new trolley station and electric railway built in the early 1900s.

#19 Altoona


Altoona in Blair County, Pennsylvania is one of the most populated cities in the state, with a total of 46,320 (2010) residents. Altoona is home to the Altoona Curve baseball team and Altoona Symphony Orchestra, over seventy five years old. City landmarks include the Juniata shops, the Mishler Theatre, the Jaffa Shrine Center, and the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. Altoona is also home to the world’s oldest roller coaster, Leap-the-Dips, in Lakemont Park.

#20 Scranton


Just behind Erie and Reading, Pennsylvania, Scranton is the sixth largest in the state, with a total area of 25.44 square miles in the northeast region of the state. Scranton is the site of the Lackawanna River. In the past, the city has played an integral role in the coal mining business. With a reputation as the “Electric City”, Scranton was one of the first to use streetcars powered exclusively by electricity. Today, the city offers a vibrant downtown, with coffee shops, bars, and an active nightlife. Scranton has several baseball, soccer, and ice hockey teams.

#21 Shippensburg


Home to Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, the town of Shippensburg is located about forty miles from Harrisburg. Major businesses in the region have included engine manufacturers, furniture factories, and other industrial-related companies. The city is home to one of the oldest and largest party goods manufacturers and also the single oldest hardware store. Community festivals include the Shippensburg Community Fair during the last week in July. In August, Shippensburg puts on the Corn Festival, which welcomes vendors from around the region.

#22 Vernon Township


Nicknamed the “Golden Link”, Vernon Township has an ideal locale: the town of Meadville to the west, and Conneaut Lake, the largest natural lake in Pennsylvania. Vernon has a population of 5,630 (2010), and is often referred to as the business center of the county, including hotels, shops, restaurants, and movie theaters. Outdoor ventures will take residents to places like Mary Gable Community Park and Roche Park. Lincoln Avenue Sports Complex has recently gotten upgrades to its softball fields.

#23 Chambersburg


Only 20 miles from the Maryland border, Chambersburg is situated in Cumberland Valley, also part of the Great Appalachian Valley. The city’s history began with construction of the water mills, generated by the Falling Spring Creek and Conococheague Creek. Economy relies on transport to nearby Maryland and large retail businesses. Leisure activities include visits to the Caledonia State Park and Capitol Theatre.

#24 Pottsville


Along the Schuylkill River, lies Pottsville in Pennsylvania’s Coal Region. The city of 14,324 (2010) is nestled amongst forested hills and is the site of many historical landmarks, including The Patterson Building, the John O’Hara House, and the D.G Yuengling and Son Brewing Complex. The riverside city is home to over a dozen recreational parks and green spaces. Many smaller suburbs feed into the city of Pottsville.

#25 Wilkes-Barre


Rested in the Wyoming Valley, Wilkes-Barre is surrounded by the Pocono Mountains to the east, Endless Mountains to the west, and Lehigh Valley in the south. Additionally, Susquehanna River flows through the northwestern part of the city. In 2007, a River Revitalization project was birthed in order to once again make the riverfront accessible to the public. Today, the riverfront includes a new ampitheater where the city hosts concerts and charity events.

#26 Clarion


Site of the Clarion University of Pennsylvania, the city has ballooned since its founding in 1841. The city today has a total population of 32,761. Throughout the years, natural gas, oil, lumber and coal have been major industries in the area. Each year, the city hosts its Autumn Leaf Festival, the perfect opportunity for neighbors to catch up or to meet new residents before the start of the school year.

#27 Butler Township


From summer camps to the Garden Discovery Camp, the community of Butler Township has developed several educational programs for young learners throughout the year. Popular sporting activities include Valley East baseball, golf at Edgewood in the pines or speed racing at the Mountain Speedway in St.John’s. A short drive away, residents can enjoy ski resort, amusement parks, and shopping malls.

#28 York


Wineries, spas, and resorts abound in York, Pennsylvania, the “White Rose City”. Still preserved today are some of the city’s 18th century structures, including the Golden Plough Tavern and York Friend’s Meeting House. Industry in the area relies on agriculture as it did one hundred years ago. The York Fair takes place over a period of ten days in September, including games and rides, as well as highly-anticipated concerts. Past years’ guests performers have included Carrie Underwood and Toby Keith.

#29 Hazleton


In eastern Pennsylvania, the town of Hazleton is situated in Luzerne County. Discoveries of coal in 1818 catapulted the city into economic stability. Innovation continue in Hazleton, and in 1891, the city became the third in the United States to establish an electrical grid across the city. Higher education in the area includes Penn State Hazleton, Lackawanna College, Luzerne County Community College, and McCann School of Business and Technology.

#30 Grove City


Home to Grove City College, a private Christian liberal arts school, Grove City of Mercer County, Pennsylvania offers its residents multiple primary and secondary education routes as well. Located in the western region of the state, Grove City is sixty miles north of Pittsburgh. Grove City is characterized by its wide, flat expanses of grassland. The National Register of Historic Places recognizes The Wendall August Forge as a historical landmark. The downtown area also includes small businesses, banks, and speciality shops. Grove City Premium Outlets is considered one of the best shopping malls in the state.

#31 St. Marys


St. Marys, Pennsylvania is an interesting mix of religious ties and beer production. Straub Brewery (founded in 1831) is located in the town, as is the country’s first Benedictine convent. At the heart of elk country, St Marys is one of few regions in eastern United States where elk hunting is legal. The city boasts several outdoor parks, including trout streams and hunting zones.

#32 Hanover


Situated just five miles north of the Mason-Dixon line, Hanover, Pennsylvania is an agricultural region with historical significance during the American Civil War and World War II. Historical landmarks include the George Nace House, the US Post-Office and the Eichelberger High School. Today, Hanover is a major shopping district, including a strip in the city’s downtown known as “The Golden Mile”.

#33 Lawrence Township


Lawrence Township, Clearfield County, Pennsylvania borders the town of Clearfield in addition to over half a dozen others, including Boggs, Goshen, Know, Pike, and Pine. Lawrence residents attend the Clearfield County School District. The city offers outdoor rentals at the local pavilion, and hosts public community events throughout the year.

#34 Shamokin


Bordered by Township Pennsylvania, Shamokin hangs on the edge of Anthracite Coal Region to the west. Two rivers flow through the region of less than a square mile. The city has recently approved plans for a creek channel preservation project, expansion of Claude Kehler Community Park, and restoration of  “99 steps”, a city landmark.

#35 Berwick


Located in east-central Pennsylvania, Berwick is often considered part of the Bloomsburg-Berwick metropolitan area, including Columbia and Montour counties. Berwick hosts the Columbia-Monotour Area Vocational-Technical School. Points of interest include the Seventh Day Adventist Church, May’s Drive In, and the Berwick YMCA.

#36 Lower Windsor Township


Lower Windsor Township is situated at Pennsylvania’s southern border. Winding through the eastern part of the state is the Susquehanna River. The Samuel S.Lewis State Park sits above the river and expansive grasslands. Lower Windsor’s public spaces also include Rexroth Park and picnic areas perfect for family and neighborhood gatherings.

#37 Franklin


A quaint size of 6,545 (2010) residents, Franklin, Pennsylvania offers varied terrain, history, and community events. The National Register of Historic Places includes Samuel F. Dale House and the Franklin Historic District. Tourists flock to the city each year for the annual Applefest (the largest in the state).

#38 Selinsgrove


At the midway point of the Susquehana River, in the valley, lies Selinsgrove, Snyder County, Pennsylvania. The city of 5,383 (2010) is situated about 50 miles north of Harrisburg. Selinsgrove is also home to Susquehanna University. Major employers include manufacturing work, educational jobs, and medical services at area hospitals. In addition to its downtown, Selinsgrove has several areas dedicated to nature preservation, such as The East Snyder Park and the Susquehanna Greenway.

#39 Coal Township


Encompassing the Northumberland County Career and Technology Center as well as the Shamokin Area School District is Coal Township of central Pennsylvania. The town of 10,628 (2000) has lead several initiatives geared towards engaging students and young people. Bloomsburg Univeristy of Pennsylvania is within close proximity.

#40 Bradford


At the border with New York state, Bradford in McKean County stretches 3.5 square miles. The city is about 78 miles from Buffalo. Bradford is home to Brad Penn oil products and the American Refinery Group. University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is located within city limits. The town boasts a Bradford Creative and Performing Arts Center and spring and summer time special events.

#41 New Castle


Fifty miles from Pittsburgh, New Castle nearly touches the Pennsylvania-Ohio border. The region is home to a plethora of fertile land, making it a center for agriculture. Downtown New Castle features the Pier I Complex Building, Zambelli Plaza, as well as a number of local businesses. The city is well-connected via major highways and and interstates.

#42 Ellwood City


Situated 30 miles northwest of Pittsburgh is Ellwood City, with a population of 7,921. Major industries in the city’s past include the steel industry and coal mining. The border town is home to parks, swimming pools, and plazas. Ellwood is home to historically preserved buildings and treats its residents to several community events year round.

#43 Oil City


Recognized for its role in the petroleum industry, today Oil City continues to capitalize in the industry; it’s currently the headquarters of Pennzoil, Quaker State, and Wolf’s Head motor oil companies. Historical landmarks in the area are distinct for their Victorian-style architecture. Sports in the city include the Oil City Oilers (baseball) and the McKeesport Little Braves (Pittsburgh Pirate affiliate).

#44 Cambria Township


Cambria Township is located in central Pennsylvania and has a population of 6,099 (2010). The town surrounds the borough of Ebensburg. The city maintains several “CoGeneration Plants” with a goal of high environmental performance and low carbon emissions. Cambria is proud to offer recreational areas including six pavilions, one regulation-sized baseball fields, and two smaller ones in addition to other sports fields.

#45 Lebanon


Formerly called Steitztown, Lebanon, Pennsylvania is situated 26 miles east of Harrisburg. The Quittapahilla Creek flows westwards into the Susquehanna River. Harrisburg Area Community College is located in this city of 25,477 (2010). Residents will appreciate the city’s Farmers’ Market and Elm Street’s Northside Neighborhood program–an initiative to engage community members in sustainable gardens and other environmentally conscious projects.

#46 Reading


The fifth largest in the state, Reading Pennsylvania is a city of universities and unique architecture. Reading lies in Berks County of eastern Pennsylvania, halfway between Philadelphia and Harrisburg. Today, the city consists of 87,812 (2013) residents. Albright College, Alvernia University, Pace Institute, and Reading Area Community College are located in the city. Reading is a leader in arts, culture, and historical preservation, including the Sovereign Performing Arts Center, the Preading Public Museum, and the GoggleWorks Art Gallery.

#47 Punxsutawney


Closest to the city of Pittsburgh, Punxsutawney is located in Jefferson County, Pennsylvania in the middle of the state. Along with the neighboring city of Claysville, Punxsutawney was initially established as a soft coal mining city. Manufacturing work included glasswork, ironwork, and flour and silk mills. Puxsutawney Phil is the city’s most valuable member and unofficial mascot, since this groundhog will famously predict the nation’s weather each spring on February 2, Groundhog’s Day. This small town celebrates the contributions and successes of local businesses.

#48 Tyrone


A borough of Blair County, Tyrone, Pennsylvania has a total population of 5,477 (2010). It rests beside the Little Juniata River. Historically, the city has played an integral role in Clearfield’s coal fields as well as the commercialization of paper products. Tyrone has been nicknamed  “The Hub of the Highways” due to its prime location near the Norfolk Southern and Nittany and Bald Eagle railroads in addition to the US-220, PA-453, and I-99 highways. Tyrone boasts a tranquil setting with a low cost of living.

#49 Luzerne Township

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In the southwest corner of the state, rests Luzerne Township, separated by Washington County via the Monongahela River. The total area of Luzerne is 30.8 square miles, consisting of 5,965 (2010) residents. Citizens have access to the Fayette County Career and Technical Institute located in Uniontown. Parents have the option of sending their children to public school or one of the Commonwealth’s 13 public cyber charter schools, tuition-free. Luzerne is committed to rural and agricultural preservation.

#50 Milton 


Skimming the West Branch Susquehanna River, rests the town of Milton, Pennsylvania. In the past, major economies have included car repair and woodworking industries. Simultaneously, small businesses have multiplied downtown. The city is characterized by mostly flat terrain.

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Best Towns to Live in New York 2016

New YorkThere’s more to New York than life in the city. From college towns, to natural landmarks and historical villages, visitors and residents alike can agree this state has a lot to offer. The state of New York is a total of 54,555 square miles and is home to nearly 20 million residents. The state shares borders with New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont, and also divides maritime waters with Rhode Island. To the north, New York State shares an international border with Quebec, Canada. In addition to its famous fast-paced city life, New York is also a frontrunner in terms of creativity, entrepreneurship, and social tolerance.

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#1 White Plains


An affluent suburb north of New York City, White Plains is a commerical hub of close to one million residents. Post-World War II up until present day, White Plains has been a hub of retail giants. Major corporations including General Foods, PepsiCo, Nestlé and IBM are all housed here. White Plains is 7 miles from the Hudson River, and surrounded by park and greenery.

#2 Geneseo


Situated in the Finger Lakes region of the state, Geneseo is also just outside of Rochester, NY. The city of 9,654 (200) is bordered by rural villages and farmland. Each year, the city celebrates its Geneseo  Airshow as well as the Ring of Fire fireworks display at Conesus Lake. Historical Red brick buildings house the present-day high school and public library.

#3 Glens Falls


Glens Falls of Warren County east New York got its name from the waterfall of the Hudson River that forms at its southern tip. Arts and culture are big in the area, including the Adirondack Theater Festival, the Opera Saratoga as well as several museums: The Chapman Historical Museum and the World Awareness Children’s Museum.

#4 Mount Hope Town


Located in the southeast corner of the state, sits Mount Hope Town. Locals can enjoy the outdoors at the Mount Hope Town Park or the Shoddy Hollow Fishing Hole. The population was 7,018 according to the 2010 census.

#5 East Aurora


Bordering Lake Erie, the town of East Aurora has lots of coastline and is also in close proximity to Buffalo. It is considered part of the greater Buffalo-Niagra Falls area. Community activism has twice thwarted efforts for retail giants to take root; local economy is based on self-owned businesses or small retail companies. East Aurora is home to Explore & More Children’s Museum and the Aurora Theatre.

#6 Geneva


Geneva is located at the northern end of Seneca Lake and shares land between Ontario and Seneca counties. In 2010, the population was 13,261. The Belhurst Lake and other historical residence line the shores of Seneca Lake. Geneva’s location in the Finger Lakes also make the city one of the largest wine-producing areas in the state.

#7 Penn Yan


Penn Yan, an abbreviation for “Pennsylvania Yankee”, lies in west-central New York and is a home to 5,159 residents. Crooked Lake Canal’s ending point in Penn Yan brought about the Penn Yan Boat Company in 1921. Historic sites include the Yates County Courthouse, the Sampson Theatre, and the Penn Yan Historic District.

#8 Fredonia


South of Lake Erie and and in the town of Pomfret, lies Fredonia, Chautauqua County. Canadaway Creek, a small stream, winds through the city, and into Lake Erie. State University of New York at Fredonia’s campus along with the Fredonia Opera House, and Fredonia Commons Historic District can also be found here.

#9 Oneonta


Oneonta is a lively upstate village with a population of about 21,000 well -regarded for its family friendly vibe, academic excellence, economic prosperity, and natural beauty. Throughout the year, the city participates in fresh-produce markets and festivals. The city boasts Victorian style buildings, an orchestra, and a science museum.

#10 Plattsburgh


Hugging Lake Champlain to the northeast, Plattsburgh makes up a total area of 6.6 square miles Today, 19,989 people call the city home. The city of Plattsburgh lies entirely within the town of Plattsburgh. Plattsburgh played a significant role in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. The city can be easily accessed via rail, ferry, or plane.

#11 Cortland


Cortland, New York is located in the center of the city. As of 2010, 19,204 people reside. The city was once part of the Central New York Military Tract. Once the Cortland Normal School, the city now hosts present-day State University of New York at Cortland. Historically significant buildings include The Cortland County Courthouse and the Cortland Free Library.

#12 Kingston

A city once burned to the ground at the Battle of Saratoga, Kingston today is a thriving small town in Ulster County, New York, 91 miles from New York City. Kingston is broken into three districts, including Stockade District, Neighborhood Broadway Corridor, and Roundout-West Strand Historic District. Passersby can take note at the city’s impressive Victorian style buildings and roofed sidewalks.

#13 Cheektowaga


Cheektowaga of Eerie County has a total population of 88,226 and is the second largest suburb of Buffalo. Buffalo Niagra International Airport is the county’s primary airport. Cheektowaga welcomes thousands of commuters each day, to or through the city, via New York State Route 78. Empire State College and Villa Maria College are both located within the city.

#14 Hudson


Set alongside its namesake river, the city of Hudson has an area of 2.3 square miles. Beginning in 2011, every year residents participate in the Hudson Music Festival –New York’s largest free music festival. The Leterbox Farm Collective is famous in the city for providing locals restaurants with fresh meats, eggs, and produce.

#15 Crawford Town


Named after once of its earliest European settlers, Crawford Town of Orange County is picturesque small town America–the perfect place to raise a family. Each year, the city puts on a summer camps and Summer Series Concert, as well as a local farmers’ market. Approximately 10,000 people live in Crawford Town today.

#16 Batavia


The Old mill dam at Big Bend in Batavia is just one of many outdoor vantage points the city has to offer. Batavia is located in western New York, with a total size of 5.2 square miles. Batavia has seen an influx of Polish and Italian immigrants in past decades, during which time that city rapidly expanded. Historical sites include the Holland Land Company-turned museum.

#17 Albany


As the capital of the state of New York, Albany is not only home to gubernatorial politics, but to higher education and the high-tech industry. An estimate in 2015 lists Albany’s population at 100,104, with more than a million residents in the greater metropolitan area. There are four lakes within the city parameters as well as the Albany Pine Bush.

#18 Coeymans Town


Coeymans derives its name from an early settler, and sits just south of Albany. According to 2010 census records, 7,418 people inhabit the area. Much of the economy is focused on local business; recent efforts have been made to encourage environmental responsibility and sustainability.

#19 Chittenango


Chittenango is situated virtually in the center of the state, just below the Lake Erie Canal. The population is a total of 5,081 (2010). Every year, the town hosts Oz-Stravaganza! to celebrate L. Frank Baum, author of the The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and who was born in Chittenango. The city even constructed its own yellow brick road in the town, an homage to the beloved story of Oz.

#20 Corning


On the Chemung River lies the city of Corning, population 11,183, nearly at the Pennsylvania border and in the Finger Lakes region of New York. The city is well-regarded as a must-see small town for art lovers. Visitors and residents can stop by the Corning Museum of Glass and the Rockwell art museum.

#21 Canton


Home to St. Lawrence University and SUNY Canton, this northern city attracts young and old, families and singles. Permanent residents bring the population to 10,995 (2010), although the city swells from September to May each year. The Grasse River flows through Canton northward, and the Oswegatchie River flows northwest. Many small villages neighbor the city of Canton.

#22 Brockport


Brockport is located in northern New York, near to Rochester.State University of New York at Brockport is situated here. The Erie Canal runs through the city of 8,377(2014). Points of interest include historic residences and the Main Street Historic District.

#23 Potsdam


Just northeast of Canton, lies the city of Potsdam, home to 17,029 at the 2010 consensus. School-Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam are located here. During school months, due to the universities of Potsdam and nearby Canton, the city grows by about 8,000 people. Sugar Island and Bucks Bridge are some of the city’s landmarks.

#24 Norwich


Norwich is located in the central region of the state, within Chenango County. Downtown main street is full of local eateries, shops, and repair centers. NBT Bancorp and Chobani both have headquarters in Norwich.

#25 Hornell


Nicknamed the “Maple City”, Hornell was once covered, low-hanging in large maple trees. Today, this city of 8,563 (2010) is known for is Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, which incorporates the community’s local clubs and businesses, and features the mayor in never-before-seen float. The Hornell Municipal Airport is nearby, as is Route 36.

#26 Auburn


At the north end of Owasco Lake, the city of Auburn can be found on the Finger Lakes of Central New York. The town had a population of 27,687 at the 2010 census. Auburn lays claim to the home of abolitionist Harriet Tubman. Auburn has a long history with the National Association of Professional Baseball, including the previous base for the Minor Leagues.

#27 Olean


Olean is the largest town in its county, at the border with Pennsylvania. A total of 14,452 people resided in Olean as of 2010. The city is considered a transportation, financial and entertainment hub. Olean is home to several historic residences as well as sports facilities and stadiums.

#28 Newark


Thirty miles southeast of Rochester is the city of Newark, Wayne County. It is the most populated in its county with a total of 9,145 residents and extends out to Lake Erie. Newark’s downtown is lined with shops and other local businesses. The city’s public school district has a reputation for academic excellence.

#29 Troy


Troy is located on the eastern shores of the Hudson River. Together with Albany and Schenectady, the region is referred to as the Capital District. Economically speaking, Troy has a history of textile production. Troy is home to several universities, including Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute , Russell Sage College, and the Emma Willard School.

#30 Fallsburg Town


Fallsburg of eastern Sullivan County has a population of roughly 12,000. The town is home to the Sullivan County Historical Society and Museum as well as the Dramatic Workshop-Rivoli Theater. The town is surrounded by many small ponds, lakes, and greenery.

#31 Oneida


Named after the original tribe inhabitants, Oneida, Madison County is anchored to Oneida Lake. The city’s design including public parks, buildings, and private residences are all in close proximity, making Oneida a very walkable city. Several higher education institutions are within commuting distance, such as Syracuse University, Colgate University, and Utica College.

#32 Ellicott Town


Centrally located within Chautauqua County, Elliott had a population of 8,714 in 2010. The city is well situated and easily accessible via major highways that connect Ellicott to Jameston and farther-reaching cities. The Chadakoin River flows through this quiet town, as does Cassadaga Creek.

#33 Walden


The rolling hills of Walden is the largest village in its southwest county, with an area of 5.3 square meters, and a population of 6,978. The town holds historical significance, which is visible through its architecture and building preservation, including the Jacob Walden home and the Village Hall. Panoramic views of the village show the Great Falls and Hudson Highlands.

#34 Lockport


Situated in Niagra County, the city got its named because of Erie Canal locks in the city. Erie Canal passes through the town, and onto Tonawanda Creek. Past waves of immigration to the city have given it a Celtic flare. Historical sites of interest include residences, Union Station, and the Lockport Industrial District.

#35 Medina


The village of Medina, spread between Shelby and Ridgeway in the western part of the state, is the location of the Oak Orchard Creek; the Erie Canal also passes through. The village is home to the Medina Railroad Museum. Buildings in the downtown are notable for their brownstone construction.

#36 Watertown


Watertown is situated about 70 miles north of Syracuse, 20 miles south of the Thousand Islands, and about 30 miles from the Ontario border. Historically, the town experienced a surge in immigration at the end of the American Revolution. Today, Watertown has a total population of about27,023 (2010). Black River flows west through the city an into Lake Ontario, giving the town its name. Today, competitive and recreational kayaking have become popular in the area.

#37 Bath


Bath is located in Steuben County, northwest of Elmira, New York. Dairy and agriculture are some of Bath’s major industries. Every year, the city of 12,097 residents puts on a dairy festival in June. Built in 1877, Bath VA Medical Center is also nearby.

#38 Rome


The city of Rome is located in Oneida County of Upstate New York. In 2010, the population reached 33,725. Historically, Rome, New York was a frequented battle site during the French and Indian War. Internationally recognized music festival, Woodstock, was held in Rome in 1999. Among other sports facilities, Rome is home to the John F Kennedy Civic Arena.

#39 Schenectady


Meaning “beyond the pines”, Schenectady was founded along to Mohawk River, to the south. It is also connected to Lake Erie on the west. The city is a leader in the technology industry, including innovative technology that focuses on renewable energy (steam-powered locomotives).

#40 Binghamton


Binghamton of Broome County, New York has a city population of 47,376 (2010), and a metropolitan area of 251,725 (2010). Binghamton University is here, and has steered the city in the direction of budding healthcare and education-related employment. The city hosts a variety of community events each year, including First Friday Art Walk, I Love New York festival, and Blues on the Bridge.

#41 Deerpark Town


The town of Deerpark is located in southern New York. It was originally settled by a group of Dutch colonists in the mid 17th century and breifly caught up a boundary dispute between New York and New Jersey. As of 2014, an estimated 7,789 residents live in Deerpark. Local landmarks include the Neversink Preserve and the Huguenot Schoolhouse.

#42 Waterloo


Waterloo in Seneca County, New York is situated between two Finger Lakes: Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake. Several historical sites in the city have been recognized by the National Register of Historical Places, including the William H. Burton House and the Hunt House. Waterloo’s sports field are fit for any competitive teams or some weekend family fun.

#43 Oswego


Located on Lake Ontario, Oswego is considered the “Port City of Central New York”. Oswego has a history as a fort and military base town. Outdoor activities like boating, hiking, and fishing are common in the town. Each year, Oswego hosts a four-day festival of music, culture, and arts during the Oswego Harborfest.

#44 Johnstown


Known for its manufacturing industry, Johnstown and nearby Gloversville are often considered twin or “Glove Cities”. The city has a population of 8,743 and played a crucial role in the Revolutionary War. Several notable figures in history have come from Johnstown, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Today, the leather industry makes up a majority of the town’s economy.

#45 Elmira


Elmira, New York, with a population of 29,200 (2010) is a prime destination due to its historical intrigue. Elmira was an important city during the Revolutionary War, and also became a prisoner of war camp. Today, some of the city’s biggest industries include glass manufacturers, heat treating and waterworks companies.The Chemung River passes through the town, met on either side by luscious greenery.

#46 Ogdensburg


With coastline stretched along the St.Lawrence River, Ogdensburg has varied terrain and wildlife. The town is family-oriented, catering to community involvement and entertainment, Each year, the city puts on the Ogdensburg International Seaway Festival. Activities during this last week in July include a canoe race and battle of the high school bands.

#47 Monticello


Monticello, Sullivan County is located in the southern region of the state. Monitcello saw battle and growth during and after World War II. Monticello draws visitors in with its raceway. Bethel Woods Center for the Arts was the site of the internationally acclaimed Woodstock Festival in 1969. In addition, the city boasts several resorts including Concord and Grossinger’s.

#48 Herkimer


On the north side of the Mohawk River, sits the village of Herkimer, population 7,743 (2010). The area is known for its “Herkimer diamonds”, which in actuality are quartz crystals, but sometimes have the look of actual diamonds. In addition to functioning mines, several mines cater to tourists hoping to strike gold, or quartz at least.

#49 Jamestown


Jamestown has a population of 30,737, and fits between Lake Erie to the northwest, and Alleghney National Forest to the south. Nearby Chautauqua Lake attracts fisherman and boaters each year. Chautauqua Institution, which is 17 miles away, offers arts summer camps–musical theater, and educational classes. Today, jamestown is home to many sports teams as well as history and art museums.

#50 Albion


A village in Orleans County, Albion is located northwest of the city of Rochester. There are 6,056 people living in Albion. The town was originally founded in 1822 and has been expanding ever since. The Erie Canal passes through. Albion is the focal point of Medina’s sandstone industry, as well as cultivation of apples, cabbage, and beans.

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