Skip to comments.BEST PLACES TO LIVE 2006 (CNNMONEY WANTS TO KNOW IF YOU AGREE-VOTE)
Posted on 08/26/2006 9:29:55 AM PDT by fight_truth_decay
And the winners are...
Americans are flocking to places that offer big-city opportunities and amenities -- with a lot more green space and a lot less stress. See the top 10 Great American Towns.
1. Fort Collins, CO
2. Naperville, IL
3. Sugar Land, TX
4. Columbia/Ellicott City, MD
5. Cary, NC 10. Eden Prairie, MN
6. Overland Park, KS
7. Scottsdale, AZ
8. Boise, ID
9. Fairfield, CT
10. Eden Prairie, MN
What do you think is the best place to live?
Fort Collins, CO
Sugar Land, TX
Columbia/Ellicott City, MD
None of these
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Example, related to city/state above:
COLORADO State Sales Tax: 2.9% (food and prescription drugs exempt); many cities and counties have their own rates which are added to the state rate. Total could be as high as 9.9%. Gasoline Tax: 22 cents/gallon Diesel Fuel Tax: 20.5 cents/gallon Gasohol Tax: 22 cents/gallon Cigarette Tax: 84 cents/pack of 20
ILLINOIS State Sales Tax: 6.25% (1% on qualifying food, prescription & non-prescription drugs, medical appliances). Local government taxes can raise the total to a high of 8.5%. Gasoline Tax: * 36.2 cents/gallon Diesel Fuel Tax: 36.6 cents/gallon Gasohol Tax: 36.2 cents/gallon Cigarette Tax: 98 cents/pack of 20
TEXAS State Sales Tax: 6.25% (food, prescription and non-prescription drugs exempt); local option taxes can raise the rate to 8.25%. Gasoline Tax: 20 cents/gallon Diesel Fuel Tax: 20 cents/gallon Gasohol Tax: 20 cents/gallon Cigarette Tax: 41 cents/pack of 20 No state personal income tax Retirement Income: Not taxed.
MARYLAND State Sales Tax: 5.0% (food, prescription and non-prescription drugs exempt) Gasoline Tax: 23.5 cents/gallon Diesel Fuel Tax: 24.3 cents/gallon Gasohol Tax: 23.5 cents/gallon Cigarette Tax: $1.00/pack of 20
MINNESOTA State Sales Tax: 6.5% (food, clothing, prescription and non-prescription drugs exempt); Liquor and beer taxed at 9%. A few cities and counties also add a sales tax which can be as high as 1.0%. Gasoline Tax: 22 cents/gallon Diesel Fuel Tax: 22 cents/gallon Gasohol Tax: 22 cents/gallon Cigarette Tax: $1.23/pack of 20
KANSAS State Sales Tax: 5.3% (prescription drugs exempt); Cities and counties may add another 3%. Gasoline Tax: 25 cents/gallon Diesel Fuel Tax: 27 cents/gallon Gasohol Tax: 25 cents/gallon Cigarette Tax: 79 cents/pack of 20
ARIZONA State Sales Tax: 5.6% (food and prescription drugs exempt). All counties and some cities levy a sales tax that could bring the combined tax rate to 10.7%. Gasoline Tax: 19 cents/gallon Diesel Fuel Tax: 19 cents/gallon Gasohol Tax: 19 cents/gallon Cigarette Tax: $1.18/pack of 20 Water Use Tax: 65 cents per 1,000 gallons of water used.
IDAHO State Sales Tax: 5% (prescription drugs exempt); Some jurisdictions impose a local option sales tax which could add an additional 3%. Gasoline Tax: 25 cents/gallon Diesel Fuel Tax: 25 cents/gallon Gasohol Tax: 22.5 cents/gallon Cigarette Tax: 57 cents/pack of 20
CONNECTICUT State Sales Tax: 6% (food, prescription & non-prescription drugs exempt); cigarette tax is $1.51 (package of 20) and $1.89 (package of 25). No additional sales tax is imposed by local jurisdictions. Gasoline Tax: 35.5 cents/gallon Diesel Fuel Tax: 36.5 cents/gallon Gasohol Tax: 34.5 cents/gallon Cigarette Tax: $1.51/pack of 20.
1. What do you think is the best place to live?
Fort Collins, CO 16%
Naperville, IL 10%
Sugar Land, TX 11%
Columbia/Ellicott City, MD 8%
My hometown 31%
None of these 24%
total responses to this question: 11324
The only time I was in Ft. Collins, CO was Rush's DAN'S BAKE SALE back in 1992. It seemed like a really nice place to live back then.
Lots of McMansion 4-lane communities on this list.
Naperville, for instance, is my idea of hell ... gaudy houses for people who work 60 hour weeks and commute an hour and a half to Chicago every day...no yards, can't go to the grocery store without waiting in traffic.
Just don't come to WV. Awful place to live. You wouldn't like it.
Columbia, MD, used to be a great place to live, if you don't mind hot & humid summers. The cost of living is going up fast, though. Traffic on arterials is getting very heavy during commute times, as more and more people buy new houses in outlying areas.
Distance not the problem, just getting out of Naperville and backups..at least the option of the train. Big homes, small lots, and yes CONGESTION..
Homes in the Midwest do not, for the most part, reek a good profit in a short time upon selling like the Coasts. Could take up to 15 years to make the profit compared to a few years on both coasts.
New starts in housing make plenty for the demand..hurt resale. However, there's always the little Naperville, Downers Grove, Oakbrook etc "teardown" replaced by a MegaHome.
Utah is off the list finally. Good. It's a terrible place. Don't flock here. Don't visit. Just go away.
Glad to see New Mexico did not make this list. Terrible place to live. Everthing living here has sharp spines, teeth, thorns, or is poisonous. If this does not deter you from coming here, we have a Democrat for governor. He has a pointed head.
I went through there on the way to Denver last year. It's grown drastically since the mid-90s.
The people who make up this list are from huge cities and so see medium size cities like Boise and Ft Collins as "small". It all depends on what you're used to. There are people who think that going to Jackson Hole, Wy or Park City, Ut is "roughing it".
Myself, I'd prefer Laramie.. or Sheridan.
I hear ya!
I live in Ellicott City, MD and trust me--it is NOT one of the best places to live. It's infested with liberals and rude rich people. Figures CNN picked it.
and, when you get finished not going to WV, don't come to Alaska. We just had two solid weeks of rain. Ugly, awful place full of grouchy sourdoughs and mean sled dogs, icky old mountains and yuccky fish and game. Awful place, just awful...
Sugarland TX !?! As a former Houstonian I am LMAO.
I lived in Fort Collins for two years ending this May. Gorgeous place, friendly people - the perfect college town, for me. Would have been happy to settle there for a long time.
OMG, I was going to say I hated Naperville too. Not for the reason you cited, but that whole part of Illinois is so flat and boring. You are right about the McMansions.
my thirty-something nephew and his wife, who were both raised in Naperville, sold their house there and moved a bit farther out, and couldn't be happier ... it's not at all the nice town they grew up in.
Yes, but I wish you were referring to our borders!
Like Baltimore City , Columbia is fudging the crime figures each year to look nice but it's mean also . . .
LOL.....the only good thing about New Mexico is that it isn't NJ......is that what you're saying.........LOLOL
Really? I think WV is a beautiful state ... there, I've blown your cover WVNan, we're all packing up and headed for WV. You can't fool us ... ;)
*snicker* Yeah, we're fixing to move to Gulfport MS. One third of the town isn't even THERE anymore. There won't be a lot of other people moving in anytime soon, which is just fine with us! Having been in MA for 18 years has 'cured' us from being around loads of people and traffic!
One of the choices was "None of these." ...no other choices? LOL!
OMG - I want to move to Florida but a good friend lived there and suffered major, chronic withdrawals from lengua taco's, carne asada, burrito's, etc. It didn't help that he'd frequently call me while I was enjoying a few freshly-made tamales with my friend's homemade salsa.
I'd like CNN to make me a custom list - it would have to include a place with local Mexican food readily available. It would also be right next to the ocean in a town where the Subaru Outback's were free from Kerry/Edwards/Wage Peace/The-Only-Bush-I-Trust bumper stickers, and I wouldn't have to join the police force to get a concealed-carry. Plus, I'd never be juiced for another "$0.63 for a bus ticket" or have my home broken into, in this amazing town where it never snows.
Lol! You just about summed it up. I like "roughing it" myself. I couldn't live in a town with a population over 7,000. By the way, thanks for your service to our country, I know you didn't hear it back then.
I will only add that along with plentiful amounts of cancer-causing sun, we also have volcanoes, lava flows, and aliens (the extraterrestrial type). We're pretty sure our governor came from the planet Remulak as he keeps reminding us that he is only part Anglo.
LOL! I'm betting you are originally from the South?
I haven't been in Gulfport in many years but when I lived in New Orleans, it was one of my favorite "get-a-way places.
BTW. I have not lived in deep east Texas in forty years but people still say that can hear my east Texas accent very clearly. I have ancestral families in Mississippi.
Sure am! SirKit and I were born and raised in MS, but left in 1976, the year after we got married. Have lived in various places since, the last 27 being north of the Mason Dixon Line. I can guaran-damn-tee you that when we cross that line on our move, we'll be a whoopin and hollerin; me in the min-van, and SirKit in his pick-em-up truck! There is a sign on I-81 marking the line, and we used to give a cheer at it every time we went down South for vacation. The kids got a big kick out of it!
Forewarned is ... *giggle, giggle* ... forearmed.
I know what you mean. My family had to live in one of CNN's "Best Places To Live" in Maryland once. Although south of the Mason-Dixon line, I did not enjoy living in the liberal State. My ancestors left Maryland in the 1600s headed for the great American South and I should have learned something from their experience.
I do remember Richardson being asked about Las Vegas NM and he thought the referral was about Las Vegas, Nevada. He had no clue.
I should ask if the physics seminar was at Los Alamos at LANL? If so, Los Alamos is considered a high-cost of living area by the Federal Office of Personnel Management who tracks these things. Before I knew this, I once interviewed for a job at LANL years ago. I was probably lucky I was able to pin down another position in the State at that time.
I'm a native Texan who already has my burial plot in Texas purchased. However, I love New Mexico, its people, its dry climate, its beautiful scenery and it's extraterrestrials.
I live in Overland Park, #6, but the city directly next door, Prairie Village, is a MUCH better and more conservative city.
She got her degree in physics, but alas decided against grad school. Said her brain was overflowing!
Speaking of teardowns, my old family home in Hinsdale was demolished two years ago in spite of being a landmark home in the best neighborhood, brick tudor, six staggered stories, 4 bd/3-1/2 bath, gorgeous brick driveway entering between two tall brick posts with carriage lights, totally fenced with spectacular 6-foot-tall cast iron like they don't make any more. Swimming pool, Terrazo marble floors/pecky cypress walls in rec room, all kinds of special and wonderful features. A classic roaring twenties home most people would kill to own. Some @#$@#$ creep paid a million and tore it down, to be replaced by some gaudy glitzy THING.
I'm still in shock.
I've not been up to Los Alamos in about two or more years but it is a nice area. When visiting the Pajarito Plateau you can see why the government picked it for security in the 1940s.
I refer to Hinsdale, IL as "Tyvek town". There are so many huge homes being built where the old houses were torn down...before the bricks go over the insulation panels, you see the Tyvek labeling.
Luckily she has her dad's brains.
We lived in #4 Columbia/Ellicott City until 8 months ago and high tailed it out of there for the North Carolina mountains....we love our new place because our county strongly reflects the Anglo-European Judeo-Christian culture of the old America....the one that the ACLU hates....I just got my NC concealed carry permit....try doing that in the Disarmed People's Republic of Maryland....the best thing that happened to us when we lived in Columbia/Ellicott City was the rapid price appreciation we got on our farm....that enabled us to cash out and head for the hills...
Ok, how would FReepers rate San Antonio? We might be talking ourselves into bailing from So. Calif., and S.A. is an area of interest. I know Texans probably cringe to see Californians checking out their cities, but would appreciate any general observations.
ROFL. I know some people who just left Boise because it was too conservative and they just couldn't stand it.
Makes me laugh every time I think about it.