Most Boiseans already know that Boise is a wonderful place to live, but now it’s official and public. The Boise area is ranked the number 10 best United States city in which to live, according to the newly published “Cities Ranked & Rated, 2nd Edition,” a book published by Frommer’s, the popular travel guide experts.
“Cities Ranked & Rated” analyzed more than 400 metro areas in the States and Canada and ranked each one on ten major criteria: economy and jobs, cost of living, climate, education, health and healthcare, crime, transportation, leisure, arts and culture, and overall quality of life.
Those are categories in which Boise would, to the untrained eye, obviously do well. Not the transportation category, as any car-less chump has already learned, but that’s why Boise’s not numero uno.
Perhaps surprisingly, Gainesville, FL, was ranked the number one best city. The authors say Gainesville is tops because it has “gained popularity among northern migrants seeking a Florida climate and intellectual stimulation without the high prices, tourist bustle and stigma most commonly associated with the state.”
A hearty handful of Northwest cities round out the top ten: Bellingham, WA, in second place; Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton in third; Colorado Springs, CO, in fourth; Ann Arbor, MI, fifth; Ogden-Clearfield, UT, sixth; Asheville, NC, seventh; Fort Collins-Loveland, CO, eighth; San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA, ninth; an Boise-Nampa in tenth.
The book offers detailed descriptions of the cities, including a metro-area profile for each that cites statistics on white- versus blue-collar jobs, the number of below-zero days each year, the cost of an average doctor visit, and total number of Starbucks coffee shops.
According to Frommer’s, one in seven people moves each year, and 40 percent of Americans’ relocations happen between states or counties, not neighborhoods.
The nation’s least desirable place to live, according to the book, is Modesto, CA, which scored a zero on the 100-point scale.
Co-author Peter Sander has written numerous books concentrating in the areas of business and personal finance, including “Frommer’s Best Places to Raise Your Family.” Co-author Bert Sperling has been speaking about cities and quality-of- life issues for more than 20 years and developed the methodology for his “Best Places to Live” software, which is now the standard for studies in this area.
Get details and more travel info at Frommer’s web site.