Tool | July 2013

How Does Your City Stack Up?

Take a look at the 310 U.S. metropolitan areas that we considered for our list of 10 Great Places to Live, 2013. Find out where your city ranks by using our tool to sort the criteria.

Here are the 310 U.S. metropolitan areas that Kiplinger's Personal Finance considered for its list of 10 Great Places to Live, 2013. Find out where your city ranks by sorting the criteria below. The cost of living index is based on the national average of 100. Job growth is the increase in employment from 2006 to 2011. Income growth is the increase in household income from 2006 to 2011.

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Metro Area
Population
Cost-of-Living
Index
Job Growth
Median Household Income
Income Growth
 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA823,318NA-6.4%$76,72813.2%
 Merced, CA255,793NA3.243,94513.3
 Medford, OR203,206NA-9.943,38617.2
 Mansfield, OH124,475NA-12.843,0988.6
 Madera, CA150,865NA-12.247,72428.4
 Macon, GA232,293NA-5.939,88812.8
 Longview-Kelso, WA102,410NA-4.446,46113.0
 Longview, TX214,369NA7.345,43620.8
 Logan, UT-ID125,442NA9.548,00216.9
 Lewiston-Auburn, ME107,702NA-3.345,69914.9
 Lewiston, ID-WA60,888NA-5.243,5207.9
 Lebanon, PA133,568NA3.253,47417.5
 Michigan City-La Porte, IN111,467NA-4.446,93411.9
 Missoula, MT109,299NA-9.843,89516.3
 Owensboro, KY114,752NA-1.744,51811.3
 Oshkosh-Neenah, WI166,994NA1.451,5969.7
 Ocean City, NJ97,265NA-10.155,3159.1
 Ocala, FL331,298NA-11.540,10315.6
 Norwich-New London, CT274,055NA0.967,01016.3
 Niles-Benton Harbor, MI156,813NA-6.842,48810.6
 Naples-Marco Island, FL321,520NA-9.356,87612.8
 Napa, CA136,484NA-3.868,64125.0
 Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI172,188NA-9.440,2988.0
 Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA116,901NA-6.355,55515.4
 Modesto, CA514,453NA-10.150,67115.4
 Lawrence, KS110,826NA-7.647,0639.9
 Las Cruces, NM209,233NA3.637,22322.7
 Laredo, TX250,304NA5.537,8687.0
 Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, NC365,497NA-14.440,51913.2
 Hanford-Corcoran, CA152,982NA12.648,83827.2
 Gulfport-Biloxi, MS248,820NA8.444,17011.8
 Greensboro-High Point, NC723,801NA-5.143,91513.9
 Monroe, MI152,021NA-7.855,8263.8
 Greeley, CO252,825NA2.255,82514.0
 Great Falls, MT81,327NA3.644,07416.6
 Grand Forks, ND-MN98,461NA-5.546,95118.0
 Goldsboro, NC122,623NA-9.041,751-0.4
 Glens Falls, NY128,923NA2.451,89416.6
 Gainesville, GA179,684NA1.652,05015.9
 Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA77,917NA34.043,44319.8
 Holland-Grand Haven, MI263,801NA-8.955,6613.4
 Lansing-East Lansing, MI464,036NA-6.350,1687.2
 Lancaster, PA519,445NA-3.055,81615.2
 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL602,095NA-7.544,39812.5
 La Crosse, WI-MN133,665NA-0.850,83615.6
 Kokomo, IN98,688NA-19.046,295-0.4
 Kingston, NY182,493NA-5.158,80812.3
 Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA309,544NA-2.538,93120.2
 Johnson City, TN198,716NA2.238,00218.0
 Jackson, MI160,248NA-9.747,1693.9
 Iowa City, IA152,586NA7.953,3225.6
 Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA208,178NA0.648,74017.6
 Gadsden, AL104,430NA-6.637,77215.6
 Yuba City-Marysville, CA166,892NA-11.448,85715.0
 Stockton, CA685,306NA-7.953,76414.7
 State College, PA153,990NA17.748,2627.7
 St. Joseph, MO-KS127,329NA6.845,05120.8
 Springfield, OH138,333NA-0.744,03713.3
 Springfield, MA692,942NA-3.051,75115.5
 Spartanburg, SC284,307NA-4.443,5639.5
 Sioux Falls, SD228,261NA5.855,75415.3
 Sioux City, IA-NE-SD143,577NA-2.147,34812.4
 Shreveport-Bossier City, LA398,604NA-0.242,39816.2
 Sheboygan, WI115,507NA-8.652,99310.2
 Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA563,631NA-1.444,31915.5
 Syracuse, NY662,577NA-3.051,60616.6
 Terre Haute, IN172,425NA-4.742,17011.5
 Wheeling, WV-OH147,950NA-1.439,5168.7
 Wenatchee, WA110,884NA-2.749,5732.7
 Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH124,454NA-13.339,58111.6
 Warner Robins, GA139,900NA5.955,73814.1
 Visalia-Porterville, CA442,179NA-1.543,55019.0
 Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ156,898NA-1.152,00418.3
 Victoria, TX115,384NA0.048,53117.0
 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA413,344NA-9.869,91417.4
 Tuscaloosa, AL219,461NA-4.541,36818.6
 Trenton-Ewing, NJ366,513NA-4.773,88317.6
 Toledo, OH651,429NA-11.445,4958.7
 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA483,878NA-9.764,34310.8
Santa Fe, NM144,170NA3.253,69828.6
 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA262,382NA-8.666,03013.3
 Racine, WI195,408NA-7.554,3567.5
 Provo-Orem, UT526,810NA4.159,10415.3
 Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY670,301NA0.370,69416.3
 Port St. Lucie-Fort Pierce, FL424,107NA-7.147,30610.6
 Pocatello, ID90,656NA-3.645,08013.4
 Pittsfield, MA131,219NA-11.748,7055.6
 Pine Bluff, AR100,258NA-8.337,15816.8
 Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL448,991NA-6.548,07512.3
 Pascagoula, MS162,246NA26.148,96813.3
 Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH162,056NA-5.942,39515.3
 Panama City-Lynn Haven, FL168,852NA-3.048,22512.2
 Rapid City, SD126,382NA1.048,15516.2
 Reading, PA411,442NA-0.554,82318.3
 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA423,895NA-5.461,89616.5
 Sandusky, OH77,079NA-6.947,4665.2
 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA269,637NA-14.258,63018.6
 Salisbury, MD125,203NA-2.149,66819.7
 Salinas, CA415,057NA-2.759,73714.7
 Salem, OR390,738NA-3.347,57417.2
 Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI200,169NA-9.643,2586.9
 Rome, GA96,317NA-15.043,12917.4
 Rocky Mount, NC152,392NA-8.840,66714.0
 Rochester, MN186,011NA33.364,45339.8
 Redding, CA177,223NA-13.444,05813.4
 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL543,376NA-5.050,06819.7
Billings, MT158,050NA1.549,95215.5
 Atlantic City, NJ274,549NA-8.955,22214.8
 Columbus, GA-AL294,865NA-0.541,68020.0
 Columbus, IN76,794NA6.953,69219.8
 Appleton, WI225,666NA0.158,3898.6
 Corvallis, OR85,579NA9.347,7167.9
 Cumberland, MD-WV103,299NA-4.637,80417.6
 Bremerton-Silverdale, WA251,133NA0.861,11221.5
 Battle Creek, MI136,146NA-8.542,28711.7
 Anderson, IN131,636NA-7.144,0357.9
Dubuque, IA93,653NA-0.949,66322.7
 Duluth, MN-WI279,771NA-2.246,13311.3
 Athens-Clarke County, GA192,541NA-1.640,9519.7
 Altoona, PA127,089NA-4.943,24312.9
 Elizabethtown, KY119,736NA5.447,31022.6
 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ821,173NA0.158,05416.3
 Coeur d'Alene, ID138,494NA3.348,07512.1
 Clarksville, TN-KY273,949NA0.245,30517.5
 Chico, CA220,000NA-10.442,97117.8
 Binghamton, NY251,725NA-4.847,39819.3
 Bismarck, ND108,779NA9.355,93319.3
 Bloomington-Normal, IL169,572NA3.959,41015.4
 Boulder, CO294,567NA-0.666,47910.4
 Bowling Green, KY125,953NA2.942,16219.8
 Bay City, MI107,771NA-10.645,9622.0
 Brunswick, GA112,370NA-4.646,19921.9
Bryan-College Station, TX228,660NA19.737,89959.7
 Barnstable Town, MA215,888NA-5.460,52513.3
 Canton-Massillon, OH404,422NA-7.545,17111.6
 Bangor, ME153,923NA-4.243,60113.9
 Carson City, NV55,274NA-17.654,23511.7
 Casper, WY75,450NA1.653,51927.9
 Charleston, WV304,284NA1.444,14015.0
 Bend, OR157,733NA-4.352,96214.2
 Elmira, NY88,830NA-0.946,58936.7
 Farmington, NM130,044NA-2.849,02422.6
 Fort Collins-Loveland, CO299,630NA0.357,2156.9
 Fond du Lac, WI101,633NA-4.852,71713.9
 Eugene-Springfield, OR351,715NA-7.942,62116.1
 Flint, MI425,790NA-17.043,418-0.5
 Fort Smith, AR-OK298,592NA-5.439,34415.4
 Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin, FL180,822NA-9.754,14018.1
 Florence, SC205,566NA-6.340,56516.4
 Abilene, TX165,252NA1.742,64424.0
 El Centro, CA174,528NA-0.939,40219.1
 Fayetteville, NC366,383NA3.245,01617.9
 Idaho Falls, ID130,374822.451,72914.0
 Pueblo, CO159,063833.841,27313.5
 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO463,2048615.246,13121.3
 Lubbock, TX284,890872.043,7844.1
 Jonesboro, AR121,02687-1.738,06319.1
 Springfield, MO436,71287-3.843,04213.4
 Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX405,3008711.449,30020.6
 Wichita Falls, TX151,30687-5.145,88214.6
 Sherman-Denison, TX120,87787-2.046,99317.3
 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA865,350881.256,34613.4
 Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC556,87788-2.945,16214.5
 Kalamazoo-Portage, MI326,58988-9.245,6798.0
 Winston-Salem, NC477,71789-5.945,84713.4
 Decatur, IL110,76889-0.145,98717.6
 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA565,77389-8.641,9317.8
 Jackson, MS539,05789-0.146,18214.2
 Joplin, MO175,51889-2.640,26018.7
 Dothan, AL145,639892.540,07125.4
 Brownsville-Harlingen, TX406,220896.032,15623.2
 Tulsa, OK937,47889-1.247,76016.6
 Knoxville, TN698,030890.146,66617.9
 Waco, TX234,906892.141,65618.4
 Eau Claire, WI161,15190-2.348,25511.0
 Muncie, IN117,67190-14.338,73015.1
 McAllen-Edinburg-Pharr, TX774,7699010.732,47923.3
 Jefferson City, MO149,80790-0.452,65914.4
 Baton Rouge, LA802,484900.550,14615.3
 Ogden-Clearfield, UT547,184901.462,34012.9
 Reno-Sparks, NV425,41790-8.655,86015.6
 San Angelo, TX111,8239012.943,49817.7
 Anderson, SC187,12690-3.842,85415.3
 Bloomington, IN192,7149013.940,49021.6
 Greenville, SC636,986902.345,88814.7
 Des Moines, IA569,633911.559,38115.1
 South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI319,22491-8.245,22614.1
 Wichita, KS623,06191-2.650,12213.4
 Roanoke, VA308,70791-5.231,63513.7
 Cleveland, TN115,78891-7.739,96418.4
 St. George, UT138,11591-9.850,30712.4
 Decatur, AL153,82991-6.844,20720.2
 Albany, GA157,30891-5.436,61316.4
 Anniston-Oxford, AL118,57291-9.239,46713.4
 Lynchburg, VA252,634910.445,51214.5
 Lexington-Fayette, KY472,09991-1.249,2269.9
 Lincoln, NE302,15791-0.151,41912.6
 Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH287,70292-3.037,53714.7
 Durham, NC504,357923.051,63219.4
 El Paso, TX800,647927.438,25914.7
 Albuquerque, NM887,07792-2.548,66323.3
 Dalton, GA142,22792-16.240,67710.8
 Chattanooga, TN-GA528,14392-5.244,16416.0
 Elkhart-Goshen, IN197,55992-20.647,3088.1
 Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA167,819920.247,13819.6
 Boise City-Nampa, ID616,56192-5.250,8998.3
 Danville, VA106,56193-12.536,10220.5
 Fort Wayne, IN416,25793-5.849,80810.5
 Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL147,13793-0.939,92716.7
 Rockford, IL349,43193-9.049,72412.2
 Topeka, KS233,870930.249,6349.9
 Huntsville, AL417,593932.054,73319.5
 Lafayette, IN201,7899313.744,42213.3
 Amarillo, TX249,881939.647,23423.2
 Sumter, SC107,45693-13.640,54216.3
 Morristown, TN136,60893-9.837,38014.2
 Danville, IL81,625939.840,46317.8
 Springfield, IL210,170930.153,68217.1
 Auburn-Opelika, AL140,247936.142,32027.5
 Evansville, IN-KY358,67693-3.547,29414.8
 Mobile, AL412,99293-1.642,18719.1
 Dayton, OH841,50293-8.847,86411.5
 Corpus Christi, TX428,185932.645,19917.6
 Janesville, WI160,33194-14.050,5327.5
 Columbia, MO172,7869410.747,11817.3
 Wausau, WI134,06394-6.054,31611.1
 Fargo, ND-MN208,777947.650,09114.3
 Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA162,9589410.542,46824.3
 Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV269,14094-5.651,72919.1
 Grand Junction, CO146,723942.052,98616.0
 Jackson, TN115,425944.840,57317.7
 Cedar Rapids, IA257,940943.055,19616.4
 Spokane, WA471,22194-2.349,25719.0
 Burlington, NC151,13194-2.544,43017.1
 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI774,16094-5.850,18710.3
 Savannah, GA347,61194-2.649,03317.8
 St. Cloud, MN189,09395-2.452,62513.6
 Kennewick-Richland-Pasco, WA253,3409517.256,40714.1
 Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR136,02795-0.542,22919.0
 Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC269,29195-2.442,87711.5
 Colorado Springs, CO645,61395-3.757,11114.9
 Hattiesburg, MS142,84295-2.240,42712.5
 Tucson, AZ980,26395-6.446,34117.6
 Cheyenne, WY91,738959.454,15624.9
 Lima, OH106,33195-14.143,32311.2
 Yakima, WA243,23195-1.244,41914.5
 Tyler, TX209,71495-2.846,61517.3
 Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX388,745950.345,62222.0
 Lawton, OK124,0989615.445,94736.8
 Hot Springs, AR96,02496-4.838,21017.3
 Champaign-Urbana, IL231,8919613.546,15239.0
 Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL494,59396-5.744,16913.4
 Green Bay, WI306,24196-0.352,94411.3
 Montgomery, AL374,53697-4.147,14617.8
 Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL379,69097-4.949,60514.5
 Kankakee-Bradley, IL113,44997-5.049,26616.4
 Jacksonville, NC177,7729723.945,45725.9
Columbia, SC768,82197-1.048,76617.5
 Prescott, AZ211,03397-16.144,08417.8
 Odessa, TX137,1309721.650,05625.9
 Greenville, NC189,510970.739,93717.1
 Punta Gorda, FL159,97897-2.845,1121.5
 Valdosta, GA139,58897-9.838,67814.5
 Lafayette, LA273,738980.547,30910.5
 Johnstown, PA143,67998-2.241,20219.9
 Monroe, LA176,44198-4.139,49015.5
 Erie, PA280,56698-1.844,50313.4
 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL618,75498-11.749,44412.5
 Ames, IA89,54299-5.949,73311.8
 Alexandria, LA153,922997.240,40222.1
Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR699,757991.747,73117.5
 Lake Charles, LA199,607995.544,23214.7
 Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 138,02899-3.346,36310.8
 Harrisonburg, VA125,228990.147,22215.4
 Williamsport, PA116,111991.343,7888.0
 Wilmington, NC362,31599-4.146,86820.1
 Midland, TX136,87210022.757,80736.5
 Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, FL702,281100-17.948,74516.4
 Peoria, IL379,186100-5.453,21916.6
 Charleston-North Charleston, SC664,6071002.851,33219.1
 Gainesville, FL264,2751010.641,19821.1
 Tallahassee, FL367,413101-4.145,01112.7
 York-Hanover, PA434,972101-2.058,58619.6
 Akron, OH703,200101-5.149,48511.1
Ithaca, NY101,56410333.449,78922.8
 Utica-Rome, NY299,397103-3.147,06013.1
 Bakersfield, CA839,63110310.248,02118.4
Morgantown, WV129,70910317.542,10017.2
 Winchester, VA-WV128,472104-6.252,16416.0
 Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA549,475104-1.956,82116.2
 Asheville, NC424,8581040.044,51213.9
 Ann Arbor, MI344,791104-0.659,7376.5
 Olympia, WA252,2641040.263,12914.5
 Charlottesville, VA201,5591051.858,0269.4
 Dover, DE162,310105-8.154,7838.5
 Yuma, AZ195,751105-9.341,44121.0
 Worcester, MA798,552106-1.565,77216.3
 Fresno, CA930,450106-5.146,90311.2
 Madison, WI568,5931070.761,16315.3
 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY870,716108-1.859,33915.1
 Bellingham, WA201,140110-4.051,38919.0
 Portland-South Portland, ME514,098110-0.856,96112.3
 Flagstaff, AZ134,421112-4.149,61521.8
 Manchester-Nashua, NH400,7211211.070,59116.7
Burlington-South Burlington, VT211,2611232.960,55224.0
Anchorage, AK380,8211279.474,27116.8
 New Haven-Milford, CT862,477129-3.162,49714.0
 Fairbanks, AK97,581135-3.368,92218.6
 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT916,829146-3.382,55817.8
 Honolulu, HI953,207171-0.271,26315.3

SOURCES: Bureau of Labor Statistics, C2ER, Census Bureau, Martin Prosperity Institute.