Smaller can be better
When it comes to the best small cities in the U.S.A. Massachusetts has scored very high with 11 in the top 100 ranking. That’s means more than 10% of the best are located in our state. That’s good news, because for some folks sometimes smaller is better.
If you prefer to reside in a smaller city rather than being in the Hub of everything, than you will enjoy these stellar little cities. The best part about these places is they offer you a lot of the benefits of Big City living without some of the stress and hassle that comes with it.
Wallet Hub says;
According to Wallet Hub; not everyone craves the bright lights and crowded spaces of big cities. In fact, almost one third of Americans (31%) say they would prefer to live in the suburbs, compared to 16% for urban areas and 24% for rural communities. Small-city life can be best for those who appreciate more wiggle room, fewer degrees of separation and shorter commutes, to name just a few of its advantages. Granted, these little urban areas demand some tradeoffs, too, such as fewer restaurant options or shorter business hours.
Some of the criteria
The scoring was based on five factors, 1) Affordability, this was about all the factors being considered, such as, the cost of housing, taxes and overall price indexes. 2) Economic Health, what is the overall health of the city? Do the schools need to be updated? How about the health of the City Services like Police and Fire? 3) Education and Health, the study looked at the quality of both to determine what shape the small city is in and how are the schools? Are they well ranked in quality of education? 4) Quality of life, does the city have well cared for parks and recreation facilities, does the city have culture and a variety of food and shopping possibilities? How are the main streets? Are they robust and vibrant? Lastly number 5) Safety. This should be on the top of the list when you consider the quality of a small city. Do you feel safe? What is the crime level? Do the police and fire department keep watchful eyes out for the residents.