LIVONIA & WYOMING, MI – A new ranking lists not one, but two cities in Michigan among the most livable small cities in the country. Livonia and Wyoming are on the 2021 SmartAsset top 35 ranking.
SmartAsset, which is a financial resource company, says it compared nearly 300 cities with populations between 65,000 and 100,000 people for its 2021 list. It says it analyzed data looking at the concentration of the entertainment venues, restaurants, bars and healthcare facilities in and around the cities.
For the ranking, it also looked at Gini coefficient (a measure of income inequality), home affordability, housing costs as a percentage of median income, percentage of residents below the poverty line, unemployment rate percentage of residents without health insurance and average commute time.
Livonia comes in at number 13 on the list with 15.84% of housing costs as a percentage of income, a 5.8% poverty rate, 12.65% healthcare facilities density, 1.19% entertainment establishment density and an average of 23 and a half minutes of commute time.
Wyoming is ranked number 28 on the list with 18.34% of housing costs as a percentage of income, an 8.5% poverty rate, 9.92% healthcare facilities density, 1.54% entertainment establishment density and an average of 20 and a half minutes of commute time.
It’s interesting to note that the listing has eight out of the top 10 cities located in Midwestern states with two each in Missouri, Wisconsin, Indiana and Iowa.
- 10. Cheektowaga, NY
- 9. Fishers, IN
- 8. Ankeny, IA
- 7. St. Charles, MO
- 6. Lafayette, IN
- 5. Eau Claire, WI
- 4. Flower Mound, TX
- 3. Sioux City, IA
- 2. Oshkosh, WI
- 1. O’Fallon, MO
You can see the entire top 35 list here.
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