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Santa Monica has been named 44th most livable city in America.
Santa Monica has been named 44th most livable city in America.

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Santa Monica Named 44th Best Place To Live In America

Posted Oct. 20, 2013, 6:00 am

Mirror Staff

Santa Monica has been named 44th of the top 100 best places to live by, a website that ranks quality of life and travel amenities of America’s small and mid-sized cities.

The top five cities were Palo Alto, Boulder, Berkeley, Durham, and Miami Beach.

The list is the result of a months-long study of U.S. cities and the factors that make them better places to live, work, and play. partnered with the Martin Prosperity Institute, the world's leading think tank on the role of location, place, and city-regions in global economic prosperity, to produce the list.

"This is the first time we have focused on measures for specific cities instead of metropolitan regions," said Kevin Stolarick, PhD, Research Director at the Martin Prosperity Institute. "While getting consistent, reliable data at the cities level had its challenges, the results were worth the effort."

Livability recruited Ipsos Public Affairs, a leading market research firm, to conduct a survey to find out what quality of life amenities residents value most. Respondents were asked about factors that make their communities better places to live, as well as the factors they would consider in selecting another city.

Those factors were narrowed down to eight categories – economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and healthcare – that were used to score and rank cities. Researchers narrowed their field to small-to-mid-sized cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000 before collecting data for each city from a wide range of sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau, Walkscore and

Santa Monica scored high in the areas of amenities and education as well as social and civic capital.

"Great cities are more than just a check-list of bars, coffee shops and museums. Our goal was to collect the best data available, from the best sources and the best partners to gauge the true measures of livability. Access was important, but so were utilization and affordability," said editor Matt Carmichael. "By using data from the public sector, the private sector and non-profits focused on these issues, we have compiled an Index that celebrates America's great cities and towns."

The top 100 cities are featured on, along with their LivScores and information about the amenities that helped them make the list.

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Oct. 20, 2013, 9:11:22 am

englishsunset said...

Although, i live in the "bu" I concur with the story. Santa Monica has it all.

Oct. 20, 2013, 1:46:20 pm

Al Landry said...

I lived and worked in Santa Monica from 1967-1980, and always loved this city,If I had a choice in were I wanted to live in the US, It would be Santa Monica, as my life living there were the best years of my life. Also 2 of my children were born @ St. Johns Hospital, and I`ve always considered Santa the best days of my life.

Oct. 20, 2013, 3:25:00 pm

Suzanne Regard said...

Thought you might like to read this article.

Oct. 20, 2013, 7:01:52 pm

Norvella said...

44th for now but soon to be 215th behind places like Detroit. Santa Monica is developing into a congested hell hole with too much traffic and high rises blotting out the sun. The rents are so high soon only the elite will reside here but at some point it will become too much even for them.

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