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Top 100 Place In The US To Live in 2010.

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Interesting... Eden Prairie, Plymouth, Woodbury, Eagan, and Apple Valley - 5 of the top 25 are Minneapolis/St. Paul suburbs...

I actually agree with this assessment in putting those cities up there. I lived in the Twin Cities for 3 1/2 years and would live there again in a heartbeat if I didn't enjoy my Texas weather so much. The only thing that makes it suck there is the cold winters and they're a bit overtaxed there/higher cost of living. Otherwise, the entertainment, the lakes, the camping, etc. are all top notch..

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http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2010/top100/

Rank City Population

1 Eden Prairie, MN 64,000

Why is Eden Prairie No. 1 this year? Not only is it family-friendly, it has a dynamite economy too.

At 5.1%, its unemployment rate is nearly one percentage point below the county rate and more than four points below the national average. It helps when you've got 50,000 jobs right in town.

Major employers include Fortune 500 trucking company C.H. Robinson, hearing-aid maker Starkey Labs, and the Minnesota Vikings, whose practice facility and front office are here. As for fiscal strength, Moody's gives the town a perfect AAA bond rating.

While it doesn't have much of a downtown, there's plenty of outer beauty: from gently rolling hills to 17 lakes that residents flock to year-round for swimming and ice skating. Town parks are laced with 125 miles of running, hiking, and biking trails.

No wonder residents rank among the healthiest people in the nation. Add in top-notch schools and safe streets and you've got a place that's tough to beat.

2 Columbia/Ellicott City, MD 155,000

3 Newton, MA 82,000

4 Bellevue, WA 124,000

5 McKinney, TX 125,000

6 Fort Collins, CO 141,000

7 Overland Park, KS 175,000

8 Fishers, IN 69,000

9 Ames, IA 60,000

10 Rogers, AR 57,000

11 Plymouth, MN 76,000

12 Highlands Ranch, CO 98,000

13 Woodbury, MN 58,000

14 Carmel, IN 67,000

15 Eagan, MN 64,000

16 Allen, TX 84,000

17 Shawnee, KS 61,000

18 South Jordan, UT 51,000

19 Broomfield, CO 55,000

20 Apple Valley, MN 50,000

21 Missouri City, TX 75,000

22 Irvine, CA 208,000

23 Cary, NC 130,000

24 Rowlett, TX 58,000

25 Gaithersburg, MD 59,000

From the August 2010 issue


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Interesting survey. Thanks for sharing.

The following states have 0 places in the top 100 - alabama, alaska, delaware, hawaii, louisiana, maine, mississippi, montana, nebraska, nevada, west virginia, wyoming. Some I can understand, like Alaska and Montana.

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Thank goodness they did not put Vermont on the list.

I actually lived in Allen TX in the late 70s/early 80s when it was a village of 1200 people. :lol: That's why I am glad they did not list Burlington VT.

But we all know that the best place to live is Australia.

Yes, I would be pleased if everyone else moved there.


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Missouri City, Texas?! An overtaxed, really crummy 'burb, barf man.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Thank goodness they did not put Vermont on the list.

I don't think the male population could stand living so near to Alla. Their tongues would be hanging out the whole time and they would be so TOTALLY jealous of you and your gorgeous German wife! :star:

You're a lucky lucky man!

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I don't think the male population could stand living so near to Alla. Their tongues would be hanging out the whole time and they would be so TOTALLY jealous of you and your gorgeous German wife! :star:

You're a lucky lucky man!

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Interesting survey. Thanks for sharing.

The following states have 0 places in the top 100 - alabama, alaska, delaware, hawaii, louisiana, maine, mississippi, montana, nebraska, nevada, west virginia, wyoming. Some I can understand, like Alaska and Montana.

And the states with the most places in the top 100, at 5 each, are Colorado, Minnesota, New York and Connecticut.

Alaska is a place where you love it or you don't. If you like it, there is no other place that can compare.

Hawaii? How could this not make the list?

Mississippi and West Virginia? Mississippi was ranked the 50th best state to live in 8 years in a row. :lol: It's the fattest state. Lowest income per capita. Tallest mountain is 800 ft.

McKinney, Allen, and Missouri City? I would think Austin would rank higher on the list.

The last place I'd want to live would be New York.

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But we all know that the best place to live is Australia.

Now compare it to the world rankings of cities. Of course when it comes to being ranked against the rest of the world, you don't care because people are apparently happy where they are or whatever the BS excuse you was.


According to the Internal Revenue Service, the 400 richest American households earned a total of $US138 billion, up from $US105 billion a year earlier. That's an average of $US345 million each, on which they paid a tax rate of just 16.6 per cent.

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