Cities Ranked & Rated: More than 400 Metropolitan Areas Evaluated in the U.S. and Canada / Edition 2

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The Latest Facts & Figures on the Best Places to Live in North America!

For anyone thinking about relocating-or interested in the demographics of American life—Cities Ranked & Rated offers unbeatable insights into more than 400 metropolitan areas in the United States and Canada. Data is provided by Bert Sperling, creator of Money magazine's original "Best Places to Live" list.

This unique guide combines honest opinions and objective facts to help readers compare cities quickly and comprehensively.

  • Data on the 45 fastest-growing U.S. cities
  • Separate rankings and ratings for 27 Canadian cities
  • Easy-to-read charts showing the best and worst U.S. cities in over 50 categories
  • State-level comparisons of population densities, taxes, government expenditures, educational testing, and more
  • Details on how to find more information at

Highlights Include:

  • The strongest job outlook
  • The lowest cost of living
  • The most days of sunshine
  • The best educational opportunities
  • The best air and water quality
  • The lowest healthcare costs
  • The lowest crime rate
  • The shortest daily commute
  • The lowest automobile costs
  • The most leisure amenities
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470068649
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/7/2007
  • Series: Rated Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 864
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Authors.



Chapter 1: The Places.

Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).

Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs).

What's Included in Cities Ranked & Rated?

Chapter 2: The Rankings.

About the Cities Ranked & Rated Model.

Reading the Ranking Report.

Chapter 3: The Categories.

Reading the Data.

Use of Data for Ranking & Scoring.


Economy & Jobs.

Cost of Living.



Health & Healthcare.




Arts & Culture.

Quality of Life.

Chapter 4: The States.

How Cities Ranked & Rated Compares States.

Overall Rankings.


Physical Environment.


Table 0.1: U.S. States & Postal Codes.

Table 0.2: U.S. Population Mobility, 1990-2001.

Table 0.3: Reasons for Moving, 2000-2001.

Table 1.1: Principal U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas.

Table 1.2: Canada Census Metropolitan Areas.

Table 1.3: Emerging U.S. Metropolitan Statistical Areas.

Table 2.1: The Top 30 U.S. Metropolitan Areas.

Table 2.2: The Bottom 30 U.S. Metropolitan Areas.

Table 2.3: Ranking Report Sample.

Table 2.4: U.S. Metropolitan Areas by Rank.

Table 2.5: U.S. Metropolitan Areas by Alphabetical Sequence with Rank.

Table 3.1: Net Gain or Loss in Population by Region.

Table 3.2: Sample Population Data from Charlottesville, Virginia.

Table 3.3: Most Sprawl-Threatened Cities.

Table 3.4: Largest & Smallest Metropolitan Areas.

Table 3.5: Fastest Growing Metropolitan Areas.

Table 3.6: Declining & Slowest Growing Metropolitan Areas.

Table 3.7: Population Density.

Table 3.8: Diversity Measure.

Table 3.9: Sample Economy &Jobs Data from Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Table 3.10: Household Income.

Table 3.11: Household Income Growth.




Safety & Safety Consciousness.


Chapter 5: Principal U.S. Metropolitan Areas.

City Profiles.

City Descriptions & Data.

Chapter 6: Canada Metropolitan Areas.

Ranking & Rating Canadian Cities.

Data Sources.

City Descriptions & Data.

Chapter 7: Emerging U.S. Metropolitan Areas.

Ranking & Rating Emerging Cities.

City Descriptions & Data.



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