Sperling's Best Places recently ranked the best places to live in the country. The top ten include:
- Charlottesville, VA
- Santa Fe, NM
- San Luis Obispo- Atascadero- Paso Robles, CA
- Santa Barbara- Santa Maria -Lompoc, CA
- Honolulu, HI
- Ann Arbor, MI
- Atlanta, GA
- Asheville, NC
- Reno, NV
- Corvallis, OR
According to Sperling - Corvallis is home to Oregon State University and therefore many young singles. Hewlett-Packard has a major presence here causing low unemployment rate and impressive recent job growth. With Corvallis being a college town and a computer company residing, it's a very intellectual town. A fifth of the people who choose Corvallis as their home have earned a graduate or professional degree. Pacific Northwest weather is temperate with very pleasant but not crazy hot summers are sublime and the winters are mild but wet. The Oregon coast is a 90 minutes to the west for biking or kite flying and the nearby Cascade range offers great skiing. If you get the urge to visit a big city, Portland is about 100 miles to the North. Considering it's affordability ($194,800 median home price), Corvallis presents an attractive mix of youth, intellectualism, and natural beauty.
For a complete profiles of all 331 metropolitan areas, get a copy of "Cities Ranked and Rated." online or at your local bookstore or library. The book also includes maps, climate charts, comparison tables, plus additional profiles of the 45 new fast-growing mini-metro areas and 27 Canadian metro areas.
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