AreaVibes.com has just released its top pick for the best place to live in America for 2017: Allen, Texas. To hunt down 2017’s winner, the AreaVibes team analyzed thousands of American cities based on various livability factors including: amenities, crime rates, education, employment, housing, cost of living, and weather. Allen, once a former dot on a railroad map, emerged as the clear winner with its sunny days, an excellent school system, low crime rates and a solid housing market.
“We looked at how over 30,000 different American cities are performing today based on the various different categories that determine quality of life -- such as crime, housing and education,” shared Jon Russo, AreaVibes CEO. “We ran each city through our unique algorithm which analyzed more than 25 different metrics across 7 categories. When all was said and done - Allen, TX was the big winner!”
Allen is a city that feels right-sized: it’s small enough to support a close-knit community and large enough to attract major employers who greatly contribute to the city’s bottom line. What’s this city’s secret? Location, location, location….even back in the 1800’s, when Allen was just a dot on a railroad map, its location defined the community. Today, the city -- which boasts a growing population of 90,000 -- is ideally situated in close proximity to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and neighboring cities Dallas and Plano.
Allen is a place that elevates the expression ‘something for everyone’ to a whole new level. Adventure seekers can take their skateboards to beautiful Allen Station Park, a tree-lined and well-lit athletic complex that includes a popular skatepark. For those who prefer a more leisurely way to pass an afternoon, the Village at Allen boasts an Instagram-worthy bubbling water feature and adorable walkways dotted with shops. Foodies, meanwhile, can discover new delicacies along the city’s main road, Highway 75: this is a road that abounds with cafes and restaurants.
Allen received high marks across all categories aside from cost of living and housing -- and, although the cost of living is slightly higher than the average in Texas, it still comes out on par with the national average thanks to the state’s big affordability factor. Aside from the many recreational, cultural, and employment opportunities both in Allen and nearby Dallas, the city boasts a crime rate that’s 57% lower than the national average, top-scoring schools and sunny days that are warm (but not too hot). Allen’s schools consistently score 20 points above the average in Texas -- 94% of the city’s adult residents hold a high school diploma. And, although free holiday carriage rides along the village green may sound too good to be true, it’s just another day in America’s #1 place to live for Allen’s lucky residents.
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