Tallahassee Makes Top 50 in Most Livable Cities in America List
Best Places to Live, Work and Play
October 16, 2013
Today, Tallahassee was named as one of the "Top 100 Best Places to Live" by Livability.com, a website that ranks quality of life for America's small to mid-size cities. Out of 1,700 cities across the nation, Tallahassee ranked 42nd – making it within the top 50 most livable cities. This national recognition comes on top of being named "#1 Most Livable City" by the United States Conference of Mayors in 2011.
"We are extremely honored to be named as one of the top 50 most livable cities in America by Livability.com," Mayor John Marks said. "Our citizens have always enjoyed a high quality of life, and the rest of the nation is continuing to notice. We know we are really No. 1, and as more people learn of our community, this will become even more widely known."
To create the list, Livability.com studied cities in the United States and the factors that make them better places to live, work and play. Those factors were narrowed down into eight categories, including economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and healthcare. According to the score sheet, Tallahassee ranked highest in the areas of amenities (87), healthcare (85) and education (82). The score sheet also recognized Tallahassee for its "Green City" designation. Tallahassee's overall score was 605.
"This ranking not only highlights our ability to maintain life-long residents but to also attract and retain young and talented workers and entrepreneurs," Mayor Marks said. "We are also drawing in visitors and retirees to bolster our local economy and create jobs for our citizens."
Six other Florida cities made the list, including Miami Beach, Tampa, Ft. Lauderdale, Gainesville, Orlando and St. Petersburg.
Palo Alto, Calif., topped the list, followed by Boulder, Colo. and Berkeley, Calif.
For more information, please visit Livability.com.
Heather Teter, Department of Communications, 891-8533