Due to the popularity of their ‘Top 10 Small Towns’ lists, Livability set off on a 2-year project to expand their list to include 100 of the best small towns to live in America in their inaugural “Top 100 Best Places to Live, Small Towns edition.”
In collaboration with the Martin Prosperity Institute, Livability analyzed “more than 40 data points for more than 12,000 towns with populations between 1,000 and 20,000.” Some of the data factors they took into account for each town included economic health, housing, health care, education and amenities from sources such as the US Census Bureau, the US Department of Housing and Urban Affairs, Walk Score, and Great Schools. Global research firm, Ipsos Public Affairs, then conducted an exclusive survey for Livability in which the results of the survey were taken into account in their final list rankings.
Making the ‘Top 100 Small Towns’ list at number 97 and 98 were Sandpoint and Hailey, Idaho, respectively. Both towns had lower homeownership costs and monthly rental costs than the national average. In Sandpoint, the median household income is $37,521 with the median home price of $193,800. The median household income in Hailey is $75,155 with the median home price of $257,000. To see the full list, or to read more about Sandpoint and Hailey, visit http://bit.ly/1J2oNMG.