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April 8, 2009

Baltimore on list of 'Most Livable Cities'

Forbes put together a list of "America's Most Livable Cities," and guess which one comes in No. 8? Yes indeed -- Baltimore.

Forbes says it considered quality of life measures such as income growth, cost of living, crime, unemployment and a "culture index." (Baltimore's culture index ranked it seventh, but other measures, such as crime, pulled it down.)

Though the list says "cities," Forbes is actually looking at metro areas -- and only those with at least 500,000 people. Metro area No. 2 on the list: Bethesda.

Here's the full top ten:

1. Portland, Maine

2. Bethesda, Md.

3. Des Moines, Iowa

4. Stamford, Conn.

5. Tulsa, Okla.

6. Oklahoma City

7. Cambridge, Mass.

8. Baltimore

9. Worcester, Mass.

10. Pittsburgh

Tip of the hat to Robert Strupp of the Community Law Center in Baltimore for noticing this list.


Posted by Jamie Smith Hopkins at 9:17 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: We're No. 1! (Or thereabouts)


How on Earth is Baltimore on this list as the 8th most liveable city?!?!?!?! The crime rate here is through the roof, and the cost of living in the metro area is one of the HIGHEST in the entire nation. This list has no credibility with Baltimore on it.

Great, once we lower the crime rate and get rid of people like Steve we'll move higher up on the list!

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About Jamie Smith Hopkins
Jamie Smith Hopkins, a Baltimore Sun reporter since 1999, writes about the regional economy. Her reporting on the housing market has won national and local awards. Hopkins is a Columbia native and has lived in Maryland all her life, save for 10 months spent covering schools in Ames, Iowa.
She trained to become a wonk by spending large chunks of time as a geek and an insufferable know-it-all.
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