Best Places to Live for Those Who Like to Live Best
Best Places to Live for Those Who Like to Live Best
[411 Note: We felt the same when that “list” was published. We’ve published past articles about how “data mining” and “methodology” are peculiar ways to shape the narrative using terms and calculations that are not understood by most lemmings out there. Same is true for this entirely bogus list. We’re obviously not the only one who’s not impressed or moved by it… You can find the best places to live without using stupid magazine lists!]
Money magazine recently released its annual evaluations of America’s best places to live. Upon seeing such ambitious meatloaf manufacturing, I immediately turn to the fine print. It was as revealing as I presumed.
To create MONEY’s Best Places to Live ranking, we looked only at places with populations between 10,000 and 100,000. We eliminated any place that had more than double the national crime risk, less than 85% of its state’s median household income, or a lack of ethnic diversity.
Did you notice that? A lack of ethnic diversity meant cities were simply dismissed out of hand. I wonder what precise petri-dish ratios were required for consideration. Given that diversity means non-white, I assume foreign versions of this exercise would include Luanda, but not Prague. Though likely the former might find itself snagged on the crime cap, alas.
Regardless, the result in this instance was that those vanishing American Mayberries don’t appear in the tabulations because they were consciously excluded. I’m sure you can understand. After all, do you want to be the one explaining to your wife why her new neighborhood doesn’t have the “politically correct” diversity? Money magazine thought not. So the horror of that possibility has been filtered from the outset.
But do you think Money’s motivation is to actually provide their readers with a thoughtful diversity indemnification service? If but for us, you may have found yourself brazenly surrounded by friendly white families. Or do you imagine the “lack of ethnic diversity” was an eliminating factor due to the awkward conclusions that might have been reached without it? I suppose all we can do is speculate.
In any event, the 10 best places–by whatever arcane formulae–were presented as follows:
1. Fishers, Indiana
2. Allen, Texas
3. Monterey Park, California
4. Franklin, Tennessee
5. Olive Branch, Mississippi
6. Dickinson, North Dakota
7. Lone Tree, Colorado
8. North Arlington, New Jersey
9. Schaumburg, Illinois
10. Bozeman, Montana
Don’t call the moving trucks yet, people
Yet before calling the moving trucks, I decided to extinguish an evening creating a similar list, using dissimilar social pieties. If I were going to move anywhere within America and bore no geographic preference, what criteria would I use to cull the field? I started with a recent list of 2017’s top 100 safest cities with over 25,000 population. Crime isn’t a frequent occurrence in most people’s lives, even those who live in its megalopolis maw.
However, crime prevalence is an extremely useful proxy for a broad range of life quality elements, both large and small. For instance, I recall my amazement as a young man entering an Atlanta liquor for the first time only to realize the entire inventory was secured behind bulletproof glass. In low-crime environs, patrons can actually fondle the merchandise before purchase. The disparity in one’s sense of satisfaction, safety, and well-being between these two versions of society is not insubstantial.
And so I began my city filter with only the low-crime best. From there I ran an economics calculation comparing both the median family income and cost of living in the subject city to the national average of these two metrics. Essentially, I wanted to know how much sweet cream cheese each city had to offer between what most people earned and what they paid to live compared to the country as a whole. I rejected any cities that did not have have a significant positive spread over the national average in income over living costs.
To be a bit more precise, the high cost of living areas were acceptable if they had even higher average incomes (these being the California entries). Just as relatively low-income areas were desirable if they had even lower costs of living. Though obviously, retirees would focus more on the latter, as ambitious young executives would on the former.
Sane cities do exist in America still
Finally, in perhaps the most critical filter of all for a sane man’s psyche, I dismissed every town that votes majority democrat. This may or may not be of importance to many readers, but I have traveled long enough to assure myself that safety and prosperity do not entirely compensate for feeling like the only human on The Island of Doctor Moreau.
Only at gunpoint would I move to a Portland, Seattle, Boston, or Berkeley.
But where I would start to think about moving are the locations below. And for those wondering about another certain demographic data point, I’ve intentionally not even looked. Are there any surprises?
- Laguna Niguel and Yorba Linda, California
- Chaska, Minnesota
- Keller, Flower Mound, Colleyville, Cibolo, Friendswoods, Wylie, and Little Elm, Texas
- Bella Vista, Arkansas
- New Berlin, Wisconsin
- Madison, Mississippi
- Brentwood and Oak Ridge, Tennessee
- Lake in the Hills and Huntley, Illinois
- Fishers/Carmel/Zionsville (northern satellites of Indianapolis), Indiana
As an aside, and with no prior research at all, I suspected some of these names would emerge from simply having passed through them previously. Intuition can work fairly well when you don’t reject it out of hand.
[411 Footnote: Never rely solely on MSM lists compiled by data miners. We’d use our eyes, intuition and common sense when scoping out an area to live before making such a commitment. Almost everything you see on any MSM outlet has varying degrees of falsities. Some much worse than others – like that Money Magazine list – which was no better than just using a giant map and some throwing darts. The purposeful deception is kind of sad, really. Is it that people are intentionally dishonest? Or just hopelessly brainwashed to the point of no return?]