Jun 23, 2009

Best of Everything Lists for Real Estate

I love "best" lists, because they're usually:
1) short and snappy.
2) based on a decent amount of research, and
3) give you a sense (maybe artificial) that the world can be ranked in an orderly way.

And this seems to be the season for best lists. For example, Forbes magazine has named its ten best retirement spots. Yes, Florida is on there, but not in the first three, which include:
1) Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
2) Nassau County, New York, and
3) Pima County, Arizona.

U.S. News & World Report magazine has named its 2009 ten best places to live in the U.S. based on factors like strong economies, low costs of living, access to healthcare and education, and recreation. Its top three are:
1) Albuquerque, New Mexico
2) Auburn, Alabama, and
3) Austin, Texas.
(Apparently, use of the letter "A" in the name was a criterion as well.)

And not to be outdone, Kiplinger's magazine has named the ten top U.S. cities for stable employment and new career opportunities. Start packing your bags for:
1) Huntsville, Alabama
2) Albuquerque, New Mexico, or
3) Washington, D.C.

Hey, Albuquerque made two out of the three lists! Maybe I should start packing.