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Daily Real Estate News  |  May 10, 2006  |   Where Are the Top 10 Best Places to Live? The best cities have affordable housing, low crime, high-quality health care, and lots of cultural amenities. Taking into account these and other factors, Kiplinger Personal Finance magazine created a list of the top cities in the U.S. Kiplinger teamed up with Bert Sperling, co-author of Cities Ranked & Rated (John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2004), to compile a database of potential home towns that meet their criteria for a great place to live. These are their top 10: 1. Nashville, Tenn. The top pick offers affordable homes, a mild climate, and a phenomenal entertainment scene that goes far beyond country. 2. Minneapolis-St. Paul A great sports town that is hip, progressive, and sensible in the Midwestern sense. 3. Albuquerque, N.M. This laid-back city offers resort-town ambience, a boomtown economy, and cow-town prices. 4. Atlanta Vibrant, beautiful, and genteel. 5. Austin, Tex. A college town that offers a sophisticated salsa of culture, history, and politics. 6. Kansas City This city offers everything from world-class museums to mouth-watering barbecue. 7. Asheville, N.C. World-class cuisine, amazing crafts, live music venues and fine arts make this city tucked into the Blue Ridge mountain range one of a kind. 8. Ithaca, N.Y. An Ivy League outpost with great food, beautiful scenery, and liberal politics. 9. Pittsburgh Distinctive neighborhoods, tree-lined streets, glittering skyscrapers, upscale shops, and a diversified economy make this a great place to live 10. Iowa City, Iowa This wholesome middle-American city is bursting with creative and intellectual energy. Source: Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine (05/09/2006)

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