In its annual review, Money Magazine discovers what we all know: Columbia, Maryland, is a ‘Best Place to Live’. In fact, the magazine has awarded us the accolade of being America’s #1 Best Place to Live for 2016.
Focusing on communities with populations between 50,000 to 300,000, Columbia tops the list of the country’s best small cities to live in. The survey ranks on,
…about 60 factors, from median home prices to the median high temperature and graduation rates to crime rates. With the national economy seeming to run in slow motion, MONEY also gave extra weight to places that scored well on a handful of key financial factors: the job market, economic opportunity, and housing affordability. The reasoning, MONEY editors explained, is was simple: Because it’s not enough to live in a nice place. You want to be able to live well.
Metrics tallied, Columbia comes out #1.
Turning fifty next year, this planned community once called America’s New City was recognized for, among other things, its economic and social diversity, saying it is a place that is “flourishing in the most human of ways.” That’s been part of the plan from the beginning in what founder James Rouse saw as a ‘garden for growing people’. This garden is in bloom.