Metro Atlanta Named Top 3 Places To Live By Bankrate

Atlanta Best Place To LiveMetro Atlanta Named Top 3 Places To Live By Bankrate

Every year a variety of magazines do a “best places to live” article and this year Bankrate did another look and named Atlanta number 3 overall as a best places to live.  Basing its study on several factors – including affordability, maintenance costs, property taxes, appreciation, foreclosure rates and energy costs – Bankrate graded the nation’s largest metro areas on a scale of zero to 10, assigning a final score after all the grades were added up.

By that standard, Atlanta received a score of 57.55, with only Phoenix and Portland rating higher. The ATL received particularly high marks for its high affordability, low property taxes and steady appreciation.

In addition, this “study” was based on 2 suburban areas as well.  In this case, Roswell and Sandy Springs.   They really should have considered Brookhaven.

The top 10 list is:

  1. Portland
  2. Phoenix
  3. Atlanta
  4. Las Vegas
  5. Minneapolis
  6. Indianapolis
  7. Salt Lake City
  8. Denver
  9. Louisville
  10. Nashville

Ultimately it’s good news for Atlanta for those that read this, but I tend to disagree with Bankrate on some of their factors.  The top few cities are known metros but I’d hardly call Louisville a metro area on the same scale of Atlanta. 

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