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The magazine describes the community like this: “Sitting along the Chattahoochee River northwest of Atlanta, this spot pairs antebellum heritage with modern opportunity.”
Money looked at places with populations between 10,000 and 100,000, but eliminated anywhere that had more than double the national crime risk, less than 85 percent of its state’s median household income or had a lack of ethnic diversity.
That gave them 2,400 options nationwide.
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“To ensure a geographically diverse set, we limited the list to no more than four places per state and two per county. In the top 15, we allowed only one place per state,” the magazine said.
It looked at 70 types of data that fall into seven categories: economy, cost of living, education, housing, crime, amenities and ease of living.
Money reporters also apparently interviewed residents, checked out neighborhoods and searched “for the kinds of intangible factors that aren’t revealed by statistics.”
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