Franklin, Tenn. (PRWEB) July 03, 2013
Looking for a truly authentic community with plenty of character, small-town charm and desirable amenities? Livability.com has named the Top 10 Best Small Towns 2013, the second installment in an annual listing of those towns sprinkled between the major highways and busy airports.
For this installment of the Livability.com list of America’s Top Small Towns, editors narrowed their search to micropolitan areas, steering clear of big-city suburbs and communities considered part of a larger metropolitan region. Editors also considered population and economic growth rates, comparing employment trends, cost of living, and other economic factors.
And finally, they looked at each town’s overall quality of life and factored in those intangible assets and amenities that attract relocating businesses and residents – community spirit, good schools and historic preservation.
“There are many towns in the United States that have small-town charm but that are part of larger metro areas,” says Livability.com Spokesman Matt Carmichael. “This year, we decided to focus our list on small towns that stand on their own. What they lack in size they make up for in unique amenities as well as business opportunities.”
Top 10 Best Small Towns 2013
1. Dickinson, ND
2. Oxford, MS
3. Rock Springs, WY
4. Oak Harbor, WA
5. Brookings, SD
6. Los Alamos, NM
7. Alexandria, MN
8. Traverse City, MI
9. West Plains, MO
10. Cambridge, MD
About Livability.com: Livability.com explores what makes small to mid-sized cities great places to live, work and visit. We examine issues related to livability such as walkability, cultural amenities, transportation, urban planning, and sustainability through exclusive research and discussions on our blog. We celebrate the accomplishments of these cities through our monthly top 10 lists, our annual ranking of livable cities and our interactions on social media. Livability.com is a product of Journal Communications Inc.