A scene from the 2012 Smyrna Fall Jonquil Festival.
Photo: David Tulis
Photo: David Tulis

Ranking: This Cobb city is one of ‘the best places to live in America’

The other blooms might be green with envy at the city of yellow flowers.

Smyrna has been named one of the best places to live in America by Time Magazine’s Money.com.

The Jonquil City, named after the bulbs that yearly leave the municipality awash in yellow, came in at No. 44.

Hats and coats can be must-have accessories during the Smyrna Fall Jonquil Festival. (Credit: David Tulis)

North Fulton County’s Alpharetta got the No. 24 spot.

Money.com explained its methodology: It looked at cities with populations of 50,000 or more people and then eliminated any city that had more than double the national crime risk along with less than 85 percent of its state’s median household income. It also nixed cities with a lack of ethnic diversity. That left 583 such cities.


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From there, the website got data on each city’s economic health, cost of living, diversity, public education, income, crime, ease of living and amenities. They said their reporters interviewed residents and searched for “intangible factors.”

The reporter seemed to dig our fountain-centric downtown, historical sites and graduation rate of 84 percent.

Maybe they could have interviewed a couple more people: the website determined that the average commute was 28 minutes. That’s almost right on the money (.com).


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