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Old April 10th, 2013, 07:42 AM   #1
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Best Small Cities

I never realized how good we have it here

http://www.forbes.com/2010/10/25/sma...y-of-life.html

"Big, bustling cities are magnets for adventure-seekers and ambitious young people. But the grit and flashiness that attract singles to New York, Los Angeles and Miami aren't necessarily what parents look for in a place to settle down. Young people looking to start a family might do well to look past the bright lights of the big city.

Instead, maybe consider a place like Dubuque, Iowa, Manitowoc, Wis., or Marquette, Mich. These places boast solid average incomes, good educational prospects, low costs, short commute times and high rates of home ownership--all reasons why they rank as the top three small cities in America to raise a family.

So what is so special about these places? Our top-ranked city, Dubuque, Iowa, is much smaller than a place like New York, with a population of 92,139, but still one of the larger cities on our list (we only ranked cities with a population under 100,000). Dubuque's size puts it in a kind of sweet spot: large enough to be a center of industry, small enough to not be overcrowded. An economy that successfully diversified after the collapse of the local manufacturing industry contributes to an unemployment rate that's nearly half the national average, at 6.5%, and a median household income of $48,779. That means most families have the jobs they need. They also don't have to spend a lot of time getting there: Only 2.6% of the population spends an hour or more getting to work."
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Old April 10th, 2013, 08:48 AM   #2
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I'm not sure I'd live up there in Dubuque. If it didn't have stop signs or hills, I probably wouldn't even notice it till I hit the bridge over the Mississippi river.
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Old April 10th, 2013, 08:54 AM   #3
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The rugged mountain town of Casper, Wyo, is the highest-ranked family-friendly small city in the West, and ranked eighth overall in the nation.
They must not know who is hanging around that area
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I'd love to live in Marquette again.
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I like the small town I live in. The population is 1,400 and has all the necessities. We have a pizza place, bar, liqueur store, cash station/ grocery store and post office.
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Old April 10th, 2013, 09:05 AM   #6
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I like the small town I live in. The population is 1,400 and has all the necessities. We have a pizza place, bar, liqueur store, cash station/ grocery store and post office.
any gas stations?
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Old April 10th, 2013, 09:11 AM   #7
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Damn auto correct. Not cash station, gas station.
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Old April 10th, 2013, 09:16 AM   #8
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I'm not sure I'd live up there in Dubuque.
Me neither, that's why I just work here

Well, I did live in dubuque for a couple years back in college, but that was long ago....
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I see a trend of Cold temps and White folk. . . .
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I'd love to live in Marquette again.
I'd drop everything and move back to Houghton or Marquette in a heartbeat if I could find a worthwhile job there.
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I'd drop everything and move back to Houghton or Marquette in a heartbeat if I could find a worthwhile job there.
Same here. I applied to a job in Escanaba awhile back. Would have been close to family and friends. Then I found out they were laying off people. So much for that idea.
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