A list of America's Best Cities was released and four of the 50 are fairly close to the Southcoast...with two in Rhode Island and two here in Massachusetts. To determine America’s best cities to live in, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data on the 550 cities with populations of at least 65,000. They listed the the cities based on crime rates, employment growth, educational attainment, and housing affordability.

The first local city to make it on the list is Warwick, Rhode Island coming in at number 45. It is the second largest city in Rhode Island and its crime rate was 124 incidents per 100,000 residents, which is well below the national. Home values are lower in Warwick than the rest of the state, which makes housing relatively affordable and Warwick is home to T.F Green airport which serves as a major hub between Baltimore and Boston.

The next local city coming in at number 36 is Cranston, Rhode Island. It is the third largest city in Rhode Island and with a median income of nearly $59,000, they are higher than the median statewide income. The city’s poverty rate was only at 9.2% and they have a high percentage of its resident's children attend private schools.

Number 33 on the list is Quincy, Mass. Being so close to Boston, 21% of its residents use public transits which is one of the highest rates in the country. They also have one of the lowest crime rates in the nation with less than 1,700 cases reported out of 100,000. Though Quincy's median income of $58,501 is lower than our states average, the overall cost of living is still lower than other Boston Suburbs and definitely cheaper than living in Boston itself.

The very posh Newton, MA was ranked #1 on the list. Newton has the highest median household income out of any city in the country with over $125,000. Newton's crime rates are extremely low and the city's unemployment rate has remained below 5% over the past several years. More than three quarters of residents who are 25 and over have a bachelor’s degree (the second-highest rate in the country).  Naturally, it is very costly to live in Newton.

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