Blue Springs, Mo. – The City of Blue Springs has earned a place on MONEY Magazine’s, “Best Places to Live” list, which ranks America’s best small cities in 2010.
Blue Springs, ranked 49th out of a total of 100 cities recognized. MONEY Magazine partnered with OnBoard Informatics, a New York-based provider of real estate analysis, to select cities with a population of 50,000 to 300,000. The initial list consisted of 746 candidate cities; the selections were then narrowed by looking at housing affordability, school quality, arts and leisure, safety, health care, diversity and several ease-of-living criteria.
In the report, Blue Springs was praised for its low cost of living, nationally-recognized schools, low tax rates and a central location among other things.
“I am extremely proud that our city is recognized by MONEY Magazine as one of the Best Places to Live in the country,” said Mayor Carson Ross. “This recognition by MONEY Magazine places a national spotlight on Blue Springs and validates the efforts of our resident, businesses, elected officials and many other community partners to make Blue Springs an attractive place for families, businesses and visitors.”
Mayor Ross continued, “Our residents recognize the high quality of life that is offered through our affordable homes, beautiful neighborhoods and excellent community partners like the highly acclaimed Blue Springs School District”.
“It speaks well to the hard work and commitment of city staff and the residents of Blue Springs. A high standard has been set and the City looks forward to distinguishing itself as an excellent place to live and work,” said Blue Springs City Administrator Eric Johnson.
For more information about MONEY Magazine’s 2010 “Best Places to Live” list, visit http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2010/index.html.