New England’s Best Cities 2012
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
What is New England's Best City?
GoLocal took a close look at the 5 largest cities in each New England state:
Connecticut: Bridgeport, New Haven, Hartford, Stamford, Waterbury
Maine: Portland, Lewiston, Bangor, South Portland, Auburn
Massachusetts: Boston, Worcester, Springfield, Lowell, Cambridge
New Hampshire: Manchester, Nashua, Concord, Derry, Rochester
Rhode Island: Providence, Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket, East Providence
Vermont: Burlington, Essex, South Burlington, Colchester, Rutland
Variety in sizes, attributes
But as the New England’s Best Cities 2012 ranking will show, biggest doesn’t always mean best. Qualities of life, from healthy air, sunshine, walkability, parks and wifi hotspots, and low crime rates gave smaller, rural cities competitive mettle against larger cities’ assets such as more cultural resources. Prosperity factors such as median household incomes, unemployment, and cost of living didn’t correlate necessarily to size, either.
What emerged was the complex view of New England’s cities that one would expect. What cities hold the best combination of wealth, opportunity, lifestyle, healthiness, fun and good weather and environment that combine to make it the best? Read on.
For the full ranking list from #1 to #30, go here.
For profiles of the Top 10 New England’s Best Cities, go here.
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With research contributions from Scott O'Leary, Ian Poris Slater, Ora Star Boncore, Susanne Barrett, Jeffrey DiLeo.
- Rankings List: New England’s Best Cities 2012
- Top 10 Cities: New England’s Best Cities 2012
- Methodology: New England’s Best Cities 2012
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