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slides: New England’s Best Cities 2013

Monday, September 02, 2013

 

What is New England's Best City?

GoLocalProv releases its 2nd annual New England's Best Cities 2013, its comprehensive head-to-head comparison of the cities of New England. The analysis was developed over two months, utilizing thousands of data points to compare the largest 30 cities, by state, in the region.

Inspired by national rankings from media outlets such as US News & World ReportForbes, and Business Week, GoLocal's evaluation compares each state's five largest cities, from the region's smallest contender (Rutland, VT) to its largest (Boston, MA) in five general areas: Economics/Prosperity, Safety, Culture, Health, and Overall Quality of Life. Utlizing a total of 17 metrics ranging from median household income, unemployment, school quality and crime rates to arts-related employment, wifi hotspots, public libraries and walkability among others, the GoLocal proprietary formula quantifies the many qualities that go into a city's fabric.

To read more about GoLocalProv's methodology, go here.

The Cities

GoLocal has analyzed 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

New England’s rural, northern states of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont had cities with much smaller populations overall than their southern neighbors, but GoLocal applied per capita ratios through the rankings to get at fair ways to compare large cities to smaller places. The cities ranged in population, from Boston’s 617,594 to Rutland’s 16,495.

But as the New England's Best Cities 2013 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 emerges is 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?

With research by: Scott O'Leary, Sabrina Abballe, Ben Mandeville.

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#30 Bridgeport, CT

2012 Ranking: 24

Population: 144,229

Bridgeport at a glance:

Median household income: $40,947

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 10

Average commute time: 28.5 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 175

Physicians per 100K population: 337

Number of public libraries: 6

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#29 Waterbury, CT

2012 Ranking: 38

Population: 110,366

Waterbury at a glance:

Median household income: $41,499

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 3

Average commute time: 25.9 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 203

Physicians per 100K population: 459.5

Number of public libraries: 3

Photo: Daniel Case/Grossus/Wikipedia

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#28 Springfield, MA

2012 Ranking: 29

Population: 153,060

Springfield at a glance:

Median household income: $35,603

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 10

Average commute time: 59 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 189

Physicians per 100K population: 281.1

Number of public libraries: 11

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#27 New Haven, CT

2012 Ranking: 27

Population: 129,779

New Haven at a glance:

Median household income: $39,094

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 13 

Average commute time: 25.1 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 204

Physicians per 100K population: 459.5

Number of public libraries: 6

Photo: Emporotheoros/Wiki

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#26 Worcester, MA

2012 Ranking: 25

Population: 181,045

Worcester at a glance:

Median household income: $45,846

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 10 

Average commute time: 25.8 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 197

Physicians per 100K population: 320.2

Number of public libraries: 4

Photo: Terrageorge/Wiki

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#25 Hartford, CT

2012 Ranking: 30

Population: 124,775

Hartford at a glance:

Median household income: $29,107

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 13

Average commute time: 25.9 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 189

Physicians per 100K population: 365.3

Number of public libraries: 25

Photo: Elipongo/Wiki

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#24 Providence, RI

2012 Ranking: 23

Population: 178,042

Providence at a glance:

Median household income: $38,922

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 7 

Average commute time: 24.4 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 200

Physicians per 100K population: 401.5

Number of public libraries: 18

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#23 Stamford, CT

2012 Ranking: 7

Population: 122,643

Stamford at a glance:

Median household income: $78,201

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 3 

Average commute time: 28 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 178

Physicians per 100K population: 337

Number of public libraries: 6

Photo: Injustifiable/Wiki

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#22 Pawtucket, RI

2012 Ranking: 26

Population: 71,148

Pawtucket at a glance:

Median household income: $39,628

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 4 

Average commute time: 25.4 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 198

Physicians per 100K population: 401.5

Number of public libraries: 3

Photo: Marc Belanger/Wiki

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#21 Auburn, ME

2012 Ranking: 20

Population: 23,055

Auburn at a glance:

Median household income: $43,979

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 2 

Average commute time: 23.2 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 199

Physicians per 100K population: 249.8

Number of public libraries: 2

Photo: John Phelan/Wiki

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#20 Lewiston, ME

2012 Ranking: 21

Population: 36,592

Lewiston at a glance:

Median household income: $37,941

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 2 

Average commute time: 20.7 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 197

Physicians per 100K population: 249.8

Number of public libraries: 2

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#19 Warwick, RI

2012 Ranking: 15

Population: 82,672

Warwick at a glance:

Median household income: $59,973

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 1 

Average commute time: 25.9 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 200

Physicians per 100K population: 279.3

Number of public libraries: 9

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#18 Manchester, NH

2012 Ranking: 16

Population: 109,565

Manchester at a glance:

Median household income: $53,278

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 6 

Average commute time: 25 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 195

Physicians per 100K population: 232.8

Number of public libraries: 3

Photo: James Lee/Wiki

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#17 Rochester, NH

2012 Ranking: 22

Population: 29,752

Rochester at a glance:

Median household income: $52,536

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 3

Average commute time: 27.7 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 202

Physicians per 100K population: 194.9

Number of public libraries: 4

Photo: RochesterPL/Wiki

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#16 Boston, MA

2012 Ranking: 10

Population: 617,594

Boston at a glance:

Median household income: $51,739

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 9 

Average commute time: 32.5 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 200

Physicians per 100K population: 1006.8

Number of public libraries: 10

Photo: Nelson48/Wiki

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#15 Cranston, RI

2012 Ranking: 14

Population: 80,387

Cranston at a glance:

Median household income: $58,442

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 1 

Average commute time: 23.9 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 203

Physicians per 100K population: 401.5

Number of public libraries: 7

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#14 Nashua, NH

2012 Ranking: 13

Population: 86,494

Nashua at a glance:

Median household income: $66,074

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 2 

Average commute time: 28.7 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 201

Physicians per 100K population: 232.8

Number of public libraries: 3

Photo: John Phelan/Wiki

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#13 East Providence, RI

2012 Ranking: 18

Population: 47,037

East Providence at a glance:

Median household income: $49,408

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 1

Average commute time: 24.2 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 203

Physicians per 100K population: 401.5

Number of public libraries: 5

Photo: Kenneth C. Zirkel/Wiki

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#12 Lowell, MA

2012 Ranking: 19

Population: 106,519

Lowell at a glance:

Median household income: $51,471

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 7

Average commute time: 27.6 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 203

Physicians per 100K population: 475.4

Number of public libraries: 3

Photo: CSZero/Wiki

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#11 Derry, NH

2012 Ranking: 17

Population: 33,109

Derry at a glance:

Median household income: $60,921

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 2 

Average commute time: 32.5 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 199

Physicians per 100K population: 201.9

Number of public libraries: 4

Photo: Magicpiano/Wiki

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#10 Rutland, VT

2012 Ranking: 12

Population: 16,495

Rutland at a glance:

Median household income: $37,297

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 4

Average commute time: 16.8 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 168 

Physicians per 100K population: 217.4

Number of public libraries: 4

Photo: mssmith1965/Wiki

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#9 Bangor, ME

2012 Ranking: 11

Population: 33,039

Bangor at a glance:

Median household income: $37,707

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 2 

Average commute time: 18.1 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 177 

Physicians per 100K population: 349.5

Number of public libraries: 2

Photo: Slashinme/Wiki

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#8 Concord, NH

2012 Ranking: 9

Population: 42,695

Concord at a glance:

Median household income: $54,163

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 3 

Average commute time: 24.6 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 197

Physicians per 100K population: 312.1

Number of public libraries: 2

Photo: © Jared C. Benedict/Wiki

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#7 Burlington, VT

2012 Ranking: 6

Population: 42,417

Burlington at a glance:

Median household income: $41,024

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 3

Average commute time: 19.7 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 157

Physicians per 100K population: 685.4

Number of public libraries: 5

Photo: © Jared C. Benedict/Wiki

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#6 Colchester, VT

2012 Ranking: 8

Population: 17,067

Colchester at a glance:

Median household income: $67,323

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 2 

Average commute time: 22.5 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 159

Physicians per 100K population: 685.4

Number of public libraries: 3

Photo: Fancy-cats-are-happy-cats/Wiki

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#5 Essex, VT

2012 Ranking: 4

Population: 19,587

Essex at a glance:

Median household income: $72,096

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 1

Average commute time: 22.1 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 159

Physicians per 100K population: 685.4

Number of public libraries: 4

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#4 South Burlington, VT

2012 Ranking: 2

Population: 17,904

South Burlington at a glance:

Median household income: $63,457

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 1

Average commute time: 18.5 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 160

Physicians per 100K population: 685.4

Number of public libraries: 2

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#3 Portland, ME

2012 Ranking: 5

Population: 66,194

Portland at a glance:

Median household income: $45,153

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 3 

Average commute time: 21.1 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 203

Physicians per 100K population: 548.9

Number of public libraries: 12

Photo: AlexiusHoratius/Wiki

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#2 South Portland, ME

2012 Ranking: 3

Population: 25,002

South Portland at a glance:

Median household income: $52,907

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 2 

Average commute time: 19.3 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 196

Physicians per 100K population: 548.9

Number of public libraries: 3

Photo: Cliff/Wiki

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#1 Cambridge, MA

2012 Ranking: 1

Population: 105,162

Cambridge at a glance:

Median household income: $69,017

Violent crimes per 1,000 residents: 5 

Average commute time: 27.1 minutes

Number of sunny days per year: 201

Physicians per 100K population: 475.4

Number of public libraries: 8

 
 

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Comments:

Kevin Burk

Where is Newport?

Redd Ratt

Newport's not big enough. Only the 5 largest cities were included.

Vt. did pretty well with 5 of the top ten. Although 4 of the five abut Burlington. Rutland (#10) the one Vt. town that doesn't abut Burlington is pretty much a hole. Which tells you that the methodology is flawed or there a lot of bad cities in New England




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