CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Clarksville has achieved the high honor of being named the Best Place to Live in America by Money magazine.
The Sept. 16 online edition of the magazine’s 100 Best Places feature leads with the headline: “No. 1. Clarksville, Tennessee. Thrive and save at the same time in this charming city.”
“It’s clear the word is out about Clarksville,” Mayor Joe Pitts said. “This great honor from Money magazine reinforces what we’ve known about our community for a long time. Clarksville is a great place to buy a home, get a job, start a business and send your children to top-rated schools.”
The community’s housing affordability, a strong jobs market, growing economy and appeal to millennials vaulted it to the top of the list. The City also received high marks for its beauty, small-town charm and its friendly downtown full of locally owned businesses.
“Clarksville’s affordability is hard to beat, yet it’s not the only thing that makes the city special,” Money said. “There's a unique charm to the place; it feels like the quintessential small American town. Not only are there small, locally-owned businesses, but public places where residents can go to relax, like the new park at Downtown Commons or the RiverWalk, whose paved path provides a beautiful view of the Cumberland River at sunset.”
Money’s rating caused a quick positive ripple of local news coverage. For example, WSMV Channel 4 sent news anchor Chris Miller to Clarksville on Monday for a full morning of reporting and interviews on Clarksville’s ranking.
The list, first published more than 30 years ago, takes into account each city’s economic health, cost of living, diversity, public education, income, crime, ease of living and amenities, among other data points. To arrive at its list, Money looked at cities of more than 50,000. Cities larger that 300,000 were broken down into neighborhoods. Overall, it evaluated 1,796 places.
“We’re excited to announce this year’s list of the 100 best places to live in America,” said Shaina Mishkin, the writer at MONEY.com who oversaw the project. “The average American will move nearly a dozen times during his or her lifetime. Our Best Places to Live franchise gives individuals and families the guidance they need to make informed decisions about where they will have the best living experience."
MONEY’s Top 10 Best Places to Live are as follows:
Round Rock, Texas
Fulton River District, Chicago, Illinois
Country Club Heights, Charlotte, North Carolina
Winter Garden, Florida
Money’s full report is available at http://bit.ly/2kiTtVh.
An aerial photo of downtown Clarksville