Taken from the 12/12/15 Washington Post’s Where We Live Series
While much attention has been focused on millennials and empty-nesters flooding into cities, the population of small cities has grown about 10 percent faster than the national population growth since 2000 and more than twice as fast as the population growth in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, according to the personal finance Web site WalletHub.
WalletHub’s analysts researched 22 metrics to identify the “best and worst” small cities, defined as cities with 25,000 to 100,000 people.
Locally, Ashburn and Sterling, both in Northern Virginia, are among the top 30 small cities identified by the survey as the best because of their affordable living costs and good quality of life.
Ashburn, ranked 13th overall in small-city living among 1,268 small cities, ranked particularly well in the following categories:
- 11th in the percentage of residents below the poverty level
- 24th in the number of pediatricians per 100,000 residents
- 50th in the number of fitness centers per 100,000 residents
Sterling, ranked 17th overall in small-city living, ranked No. 1 among all small cities across the United States in the number of coffee shops per 100,000 residents and No. 1 in the number of fitness centers per 100,000 residents. It also ranked high in restaurants, at 27th for the number of restaurants per capita.
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