Four cities in Washington among Livability's 100 "Best Places to Live"
Four cities in Washington earned a spot on Livability's 2017 "Best Places to Live" list. The online resource evaluated more than 2,000 cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000, using a composite of more than 40 data points in eight categories.
Olympia, at #4, placed highest among the "Top 100," followed by Bellevue (#6), Renton (#51) and Richland (#78).
Topping the list was Rochester, Minn. Second place went to Iowa City, Iowa, with Ann Arbor, Mich. capturing third. Only six points separated Olympia (with a score of 672) and Iowa City (scoring 678).bThe first-place city accumulated 695 points.
Categories used for scoring were economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education, and health care.
Livability conducts its "best places to live" study in partnership with The Initiative for Creativity and Innovation in Cities and New York University's Schools of Professional Studies. Also participating was data partner Emsi, which models economic data into actionable intelligence for city leaders.