Livability’s Annual List Identifies the Best Small & Mid-Sized Communities 

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Winston-Salem has been identified as one of the top 100 Best Places to Live, according to Livability. This is the second consecutive year that Winston-Salem appears on the list. 

The ranking by recognizes the best small and mid-sized communities across the U.S. based on economic variables and factors that influence quality of life, with an emphasis on affordability. It is not a numbered ranking, but allows users to identify factors important to them to customize their own Top 100 listings.

“Our Top 100 Best Places to Live in the U.S. is a data-driven collection of what we consider to be the best small to mid-sized places to live in in a given year. It’s the only list out there truly honing in on affordability, lauding the amazing cities across the country other than our large U.S. metros,” says Amanda Ellis, editor-in-chief. “Our Top 100 Best Places to Live celebrates the cities where most Americans are busy creating dream careers, building families, launching businesses and leading meaningful lives.”

“This ranking by Livability shows that Winston-Salem stands out in factors important to where people choose to live,” says Mark Owens, President and CEO of Greater Winston-Salem, Inc. “We are working towards the vision of being the top mid-sized city in the Southeast, a more equitable community, and the best place to raise a family. Results like these show we are making progress towards that vision.” 

The list is based on about 100 data points measuring eight categories: economy, housing and cost of living, amenities, transportation, environment, safety, education and health. It represents the top 5% of US cities with populations in the studied range.

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