This week's new list of note is the CNN/Money "Best Places to Live 2005
" inventory, although its methodology
makes it more of a "Best Suburbs and Small Towns" list.
The top 25
places on the list all have populations under 140,000, and all but two are under 73,000. Only 16 of the top 100 are over 100,000 (just one above 300,000 -- Hollywood, Florida at number 70, with a population of 416,600). The authors of the list concede: "Our focus on income, crime rates and education rendered meaningless any comparisons between big cities and the relatively affluent suburbs or small cities that make up this list. Big cities couldn't compete on those particular numbers and, of course, they offer plenty of quality-of-life benefits that suburbs don't have."
And what of Nashville
? With low numbers on education, income, pollution, and cultural institutions, and above-average crime, it fell well behind. In Tennessee, only Franklin
made the top 100, coming in at number 58.