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it's interesting that almost all of these places have the worst weather.. tornadoes .. etc.  this is a list of "please move here, because everyone that lives here is leaving".. gessh.
Feb 4, 2014 12:19PM
Feb 4, 2014 12:13PM
Seriously, Cedar Rapids makes the list?  I spent time there all the time growing up and it sucks.  It's a rust belt city that has started to diversify it's economy but has attracted lots of crime from Chicago and Waterloo, IA following the flooding of 2008.  The city is dying they are closing schools every few years because people are leaving.  This is most definitely not a place to move to.  The suburb of Hiawatha is the fastest growing part of the area.
Feb 4, 2014 11:49AM
I am convinced that Berry is on something or just doesnt give a crap. So many fellow citizens have lost THEIR healthcare and a million other things and he just grins and blames a news organization for our woes! SAD so SAD!
Feb 4, 2014 10:40AM
Obamaville - bigger than the whole world and a matching ego to prove it
Feb 4, 2014 9:52AM
these aren't so much mid-size cities unto themselves as they are suburbs..in the case of #1 &2 McKinney and Frisco..they are suburbs of Dallas..nice..new money/new buildings, but not snooty..not so much upper class but upper middle class..new..lotsa upper middle class starter families
Feb 4, 2014 9:40AM
Geez, can't mr ugly family and (former) friends please start talking to him again...his posts are at some grade school bully level.   You can always tell someone who society left behind by what and how they say it.  
Jan 26, 2014 10:58AM
How about if your a regular grunt worker, in those Red states wages very low and rents not low. Maybe try a place like Spokane, WA. I live in Dallas area and once did in Spokane. Much better back in Spokane for a low paid worker. Min wage in WA state is 9.38/hr,, the rents in Spokane less than Dallas too and so is electric bill by a wide margin. Plus better transit in Spokane, less than 2% black and few illegals. Can't wait to save enough to move back. Not to mention in summer a blue sky rather than the polluted grey sky and 100+ heat of TX with West Nile carrying mosquitoes. 
Jan 26, 2014 10:16AM
Man If it isn't Raleigh its some town in Wake County that's on these top places to live lists. Congrats to Cary though.
Jan 26, 2014 9:51AM

Frisco, McKinney and Plano, TX are all located in Collin County. The most expensive in the state. We have high taxes; expensive housing and you need a college education in order to live here. We are communities that are not typical Texan; our population is from all over the country and the world. We welcome anyone that can afford to live here no matter what you political affiliation, color or religion. We even have a very nice new Mosque. In the early 70s, Plano had a population of 17K today 280K. Frisco was a gas station and a trailer park. McKinney was the county seat that was corrupt and inbred; today it is becoming a vibrant city.

Jan 26, 2014 9:48AM
Amazing there are not any great places to live on the west coast!!!
Jan 26, 2014 9:42AM

Story;  Two young men graduated from local college and then left home to seek their fortunes. The first rode a bus for two days, got off in the center of town. He saw an old man sitting in front of the cafe and asked him; tell me , old timer, what are the folks hereabouts like?. The man asked "what were the people in your hometown like?" The young man went on to describe their neighborliness, friendly attitude, willingness to help always and their sense of fairness when a dispute arose. The old timer then told him that he would find the folks there just about the same.

     Next day, the second young man arrived at the same bus stop, saw the same gentleman and asked the same question; what are people here like?   Old timer asked him the same question; what were the people back home like? The lad went on to relate how miserable they were; always arguing, suing each other, lying about each other. Shops always charged too much, but the owners would always complain about prices when they shopped elsewhere etc, etc.  The old man looked the boy in the eye and said; you'll probably find the folks here pretty much the same.

    So, if you're looking for ANYTOWN, USA, where you can be 'happy'; stay right where you are.

Merely adjust the filters through which you view world around you. It's not THEM, it's YOU.

Jan 26, 2014 9:34AM

Hard to believe the ranking disparities between #1 Frisco, TX and #2 McKinney, Tx , given that they are located only about 20 minutes apart from each other; either one could be a suburb of the other.


Texas and Florida have no state income taxes, all the other States mentioned do.


Aside from those cities in Florida, all the other cities have what I call a "Cold Weather Tax" : the cost of winter heating , cold weather clothing, as well as wear and tear on your car. I lived in Nebraska for many years..and now live in Melbourne, FL, so I KNOW the benefits fo living and working in Florida.


I wouldn't consider Pembroke Pines, FL, as it's just a suburb of North Miami/FT. Lauderdale  and right below Davie, FL where my Father in-law lived ...it's SUCKS.


The winner, IMO is #3 Cape Coral, FL.




Jan 26, 2014 9:17AM
In a recent Politico poll ranking "strongest" to "weakest" states based on income level, high school graduation rates, life expectancy, crime, health care, seven of the top 10 are Democratic states, 8 of the bottom ten are Republican...New Hampshire and Minnesota scoring the best, Mississippi and Louisiana coming in last...
Jan 26, 2014 9:15AM

Sioux Falls, SD has horrendous traffic problems due to poor driving skills, very discourteous drivers and a state that only takes the driving privileges away from the poor or middle class for DUIs. In South Dakota it is most common to see the worst accidents caused by 3rd time or more offenders of DUI, without insurance and no valid drivers license. These folks get off easy if they have a lawyer and money. They do not inflict high enough fines, long enough prison time nor confiscate autos for the wealthier population. It is also a great state if you like to text and drive, right now every body seems to do it even the cops I see driving down the road.

The other thing about South Dakota is a very poor education system. The kids here have no concept of math. It is populated by dumb and dumber.

The water is polluted by cattle waste and toxins from the farmers who are taking all of the grassland out, trees out, tiling / draining wetlands and putting all the land into corn. Which is sprayed heavily with insecticides and herbicides.

So if you enjoy getting cancer; drinking water high in nitrates; trying to drive in a traffic congested small towns; don't mind getting hit by drunken or texting drivers; love hopelessly dumb folks who like to argue; 8 months of cold, 2 months of mosquitoes, 1 month of rain and maybe 1 month of almost pleasant weather...............come to Sioux Falls.

I have lived here for over 20 years because of a company transfer and now cannot move due to in-laws that have to die first and kids to get out of school. 

Jan 26, 2014 9:02AM
Given this is MSN, maybe they have ulterior motives of sending more LIBS to these places, as they aren't yet infested.

Seems like everything that gets that infestation dies out eventually.

IF you don't think MSN and it's "sister" networks have an agenda, then read an unedited version of Mike Huckabee's words from earlier this week, and then take a look at how the LEFT MSN/MSNBC/NBC portrayed it, and HOW they responded when they were called to the carpet for LYING.

Sad, as the nasty, filthy comments from left about "Huckabee's words" showed the ignorance AND bigotry of LEFT....and the LIBS commenting didn't even have enough sense to research the actually comments to realize that the LEFT lied to them.
Jan 26, 2014 8:47AM

  Let me out of the rat race. Give me small town USA, where I can walk down the street and greet everyone I meet by name, where I can park my car outside the grocery in the winter time and leave it running and unlocked, and still find it there when I get back, where the biggest traffic jam of the year is after a Friday night football game, where the banker and the doctor and the lawyer are honest hard working individuals who don't think they're a cut above the rest of us, where a man's circle of friends is determined by his character, and not by his bank account, where I can walk into the local restaurant, and need not find an open table, just an open chair, where the hardware store or implement dealer will stay open for me if I can't get there by the time they close, where the druggist will come out after hours or on a weekend to fill a prescription for me if I need it, where the dentist will come out to fix a broken tooth on Sunday, where you can't have car trouble without four or five people stopping to help, where some high school kid will shovel an elderly widow's sidewalk without being asked and without expecting to be paid, where neighbors are still neighbors, and not just the people living next door.

   The long and short of it is this: The most pleasant places to live are not determined by the "things" a town has to offer, but by the people that live there. Small town USA, I love you.

Did you ever wonder why it is so cheap to live in these places. If the weather don't get you the politics will.
Jan 26, 2014 8:39AM

Olathe and Overland Park are Suburbs of Kansas city, and sit smack next to each other.

The schools are very good. There is quite a lot of suburban sprawl with a shopping center at every MAJOR intersection.

The people are friendly, and represent biblical based family values. 

The social climate represents neighborly helping neighbor.

The political climate is generally Republican/Conservative.

Tax base is higher in Overland Park and Olathe than in other areas of Kansas City, but it is represented to how much these cities spend on area beautification, parks, and (mostly sport) activity facilities.

Jan 26, 2014 8:36AM
No places to live if you are a woman and concerned about your privacy, government dictated medical care and lack of reproductive decision making rights.  If you are a farm animal with breeding your only function you could live in these places.
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