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Postby KCMax » Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:35 am

That is, if what you value in a city is exactly the criteria they used in evaluating cities.

Overland Park ranks among top 100 places to live

To compile the list, RelocateAmerica.com considered nominated communities, selecting the top 100 based on interviews with local leaders, resident feedback and data from the past year about the local economy, environment, education, crime, employment and housing.


Full List of Top 100

Top Ten:
1. Huntsville, AL
2. Washington, DC
3. Austin, TX
4. San Diego, CA
5. San Antonio, TX
6. Tulsa, OK
7. Charlotte, NC
8. Raleigh, NC
9. Boulder, CO
10.Minneapolis, MN

Other midwestern cities in the top 100: Des Moines, IA; Iowa City, IA; Lincoln, NE; O'Fallon, MO; St. Louis
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Postby aknowledgeableperson » Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:02 am

KCMax wrote:That is, if what you value in a city is exactly the criteria they used in evaluating cities.



2010 marks our 13th year of releasing our annual list of America's "Top 100 Places to Live." RelocateAmerica focused this year on communities poised for recovery and future growth. Our editorial team discovered communities with strong local leadership, employment opportunities, thriving community commitment, improving real estate markets, growing green initiatives, plentiful recreational options and an overall high quality of life. These are all communities moving in the right direction.
I may be right.  I may be wrong.  But there is a lot of gray area in-between.

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Postby chrizow » Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:06 am

awesome, another pointless list.  i like that the photo of overland park shows the sprint campus.

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Postby KCMax » Fri Apr 23, 2010 12:26 pm

aknowledgeableperson wrote:


Right. So long as you value exactly these things, then these are the right cities for you.
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Postby aknowledgeableperson » Fri Apr 23, 2010 3:22 pm

Well, cities poised for recovery and future growth sounds good.
Strong local leadership sounds good.
Employment opportunities sounds good.
Thriving community commitment sounds good.
Improving real estate markets and growing green initiatives also sound good.
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Postby jdubwaldo » Fri Apr 23, 2010 3:30 pm

An endless sea of strip malls, chain restaurants and people keeping themselves running in circles trying to live up to the Jones', maybe not so good.  But if that is what you are into.....

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Postby KCMax » Fri Apr 23, 2010 3:40 pm

aknowledgeableperson wrote:Well, cities poised for recovery and future growth sounds good.
Strong local leadership sounds good.
Employment opportunities sounds good.
Thriving community commitment sounds good.
Improving real estate markets and growing green initiatives also sound good.


We just moved and I can tell you not a single one of those things were at all factor in our decision of where to live.
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Postby LenexatoKCMO » Fri Apr 23, 2010 3:42 pm

aknowledgeableperson wrote:Improving real estate markets


the promise of never-ending sprawl, guaranteed to one day leave your real estate behind, out of favor, and possibly blighted.  

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Postby kcmetro » Fri Apr 23, 2010 3:44 pm

Don't forget about good schools.  That is one of the main reasons I would live in the burbs.  If I have kids someday, I'm not going to move to KCMO and pay a buttload of money to send my kids to private school.

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Postby FangKC » Fri Apr 23, 2010 10:53 pm

Who the hell wants to live in Huntsville, Alabama?

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Postby Highlander » Sat Apr 24, 2010 8:51 am

KCMax wrote:We just moved and I can tell you not a single one of those things were at all factor in our decision of where to live.


Probably because you already had a job. 

OP is the whipping boy of the forum and most here just regard it as another ho-hum dull burb.  It may be another 'dull' burb but as burbs go, it's a far nicer place to live than the average suburb around the country.  It's not dominated by leapfrog or sickly interstate-oriented development like so many burbs around the country are although I-35 and 435 obviously play a role in shaping the city (hell, Blue Springs is far worse in that regard).  The city has quite a bit of diversity with near urban densities in the north to the affluent areas south of I-435.  It has had the foresight, much more foresight than KCMO, to plan newer developments such as south of 435 along College Blvd, 119th and 135th.  Some of the development along 135th is getting a bit too spread out for my taste but they did a pretty good job with 119th and College.  Traffic problems, while there, are minimal for a city of its size with that employment base (check out the traffic nightmare in Houston and Dallas burbs in comparison).  The city has a nice downtown area too which is more than I can say for most burbs around the country.  Nice restaurant scene where you can find as many locally owned places as you can any where in the city.  It would be nice if OP had some public transportation but, hey, KCMO is not much if any better in that regard. 

Now that I live in Houston suburbia (I bought in the burbs for a myriad of reason...schools and housing prices being biggest), I look with envy at Overland Park.  It certainly would be a HUGE step upward relative to any suburb in this town and most other metros in the country too. 

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Re: Rankings, lists, and such

Postby dangerboy » Sat Apr 24, 2010 9:09 am

We need a thread specifically for all of these pointless lists and press releases.
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Postby KCMax » Sat Apr 24, 2010 8:18 pm

Highlander wrote:Probably because you already had a job. 



Exactly right. That's my point with these lists. What matters to the editors isn't going to matter to most people relocating. Everyone has their own whims and preferences when they choose to relocate. And I doubt many people are going to flee to Huntsville.
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Postby Highlander » Sat Apr 24, 2010 9:28 pm

KCMax wrote:Exactly right. That's my point with these lists. What matters to the editors isn't going to matter to most people relocating. Everyone has their own whims and preferences when they choose to relocate. And I doubt many people are going to flee to Huntsville.


The criteria sounded a little like what a business might consider when relocating.  In your case, you were moving within a metro area so I doubt if any of those things really applied.  Within a metro, choices are made on an entirely different level. 

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Postby dangerboy » Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:48 am

Please use this thread to post all pointless rankings like best cul-de-sac in the US, fattest cities,  best generic non-threatening suburb to raise children who all look like each other, etc.

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Postby aknowledgeableperson » Sun Apr 25, 2010 8:09 am

KCMax wrote:And I doubt many people are going to flee to Huntsville.


Evidently a few are.  From Wiki:

The 2000 census estimated Huntsville's population at 158,216, while in 2008, the estimated population grew to 176,645. The Huntsville Metropolitan Area's population was estimated at 395,645. Huntsville is the largest city in the four-county Huntsville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area, which in 2008 had a total population of 545,770.
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Postby DaveKCMO » Sun Apr 25, 2010 9:18 am

dangerboy wrote:Please use this thread to post all pointless rankings like best cul-de-sac in the US, fattest cities,  best generic non-threatening suburb to raise children who all look like each other, etc.


merged with the existing "OP is fabulous" thread.

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Re: Rankings, lists, and such

Postby Highlander » Sun Apr 25, 2010 11:01 am

Overland Park did not make it onto this list....

http://www.cnbc.com/id/36603182

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Postby ignatius » Tue Sep 07, 2010 3:03 pm

Just another list but no surprises here...

http://www.bizjournals.com/kansascity/s ... aily5.html


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