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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Money Magazine lists Columbia/Ellicott City as the 6th best place to live

        These rankings that come out from a variety of sources every year always show how subjective ranking communities can be.  This year Money Magazine just released its list of the top 50 and Columbia/Ellicott City ranks number 6.  Not bad but for a community that has been rated as high as number 2 in the past this might seem like some slippage.

      I am not sure why we always get ranked together although I can see where our boundaries are somewhat vague with parts of Columbia having an Ellicott City address.  This ranking is for small cities with populations between 50,000 and 300,000.  One thing that is hard to miss is that almost all the communities have high median family income and ours is one of the highest of the communities listed.

      Granted that the cost of living in our area is higher than in places like Texas and is reflected in our higher incomes.  We loose points for limited public transportation, nightlife and the high cost of housing.  A walkable downtown might also help us rise in these rankings.  But we have some of the best scenery and wildlife as seen the pictures in this blog.


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