Irving ranks No. 6 on ‘Most Livable Cities in the U.S.’
To determine the most livable cities, the study considered the following six metrics:
- Walkability. This is calculated on a 0-100 scale. A lower number means the city is less walkable and a higher number means it’s more walkable. Data on a city’s walkability comes from walkscore.com.
- Violent crime rate. This is the number of violent crimes per 100,000 residents. Violent crime rates are based on 2014 data from local police department websites and the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Database.
- Property crime rate. This is the number of property crimes per 100,000 residents. Property crime rates are based on 2014 data from local police department websites and the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Database.
- Unemployment rate. Data from each city’s unemployment rate comes from the U.S. Census Bureau.
- Income after housing. This is the annual median income minus the annual median housing cost in each city. For the purpose of this study, we considered places with high incomes after housing to be more livable. Data for this metric came from the U.S. Census Bureau.
- Population density. This is measured in people per square mile. Data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau. For this study, we considered places with higher population densities to be more livable.
1. Jersey City, New Jersey
Jersey City snagged the title as the most livable city in the United States. Of the 93 cities in our study, it has the third-highest population density, third-highest income after housing and is fourth in walkability. Because of the city’s proximity to New York, a person living there can easily work in Manhattan (where the jobs tend to be higher paying), while enjoying the lower living costs associated with Jersey City. Jersey City residents have $35,452 on average to play with after housing costs.
2. Irvine, California
Irvine came close to being first overall in our study but ultimately fell short by 0.6 points on our index. Irvine doesn’t quite have the walkability of Jersey City but it’s much safer. Irvine has the lowest rates for both violent and property crimes in our entire study.
3. Plano, Texas
Income after housing in Plano is a wallet-bulging $30,949 on average and the unemployment rate is only 5.9%. Those numbers are good for taking the 13th and third spots in those particular metrics, respectively. Violent and property crime rates are also low in Plano.
4. New York, New York
New York is the most walkable city according to our data and thanks to the highest population density in the country, just about anything you could need is nearby. One statistic that stood out is that New York has the third-lowest property crime rate in our study at 4,200 per 100,000 people. The Big Apple has come a long way since getting its reputation as a crime-ridden city.
5. Honolulu, Hawaii
For anyone looking for livable tropical fun, Honolulu is probably your best bet. The Hawaiian capital has the lowest unemployment rate of any city in our study. It’s worth noting that housing costs are high in Honolulu. The annual median housing cost is $16,380.
6. Irving, Texas
Like Plano, Irving is highly livable because of its economic situation. Income after housing in Irving is $30,494 on average, and its 7.5% unemployment rate is the 17th lowest in the study.
The study considered six factors including population density. The main assumption for this study is that high population density is a positive factor. The reasoning behind this is that since population density and establishment density are correlated, it’s a good way of measuring access to things like grocery stores, laundromats and restaurants.
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