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
 Honolulu, HI953,207171-0.2%$71,26315.3%
 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT916,829146-3.382,55817.8
 Fairbanks, AK97,581135-3.368,92218.6
 New Haven-Milford, CT862,477129-3.162,49714.0
Anchorage, AK380,8211279.474,27116.8
Burlington-South Burlington, VT211,2611232.960,55224.0
 Manchester-Nashua, NH400,7211211.070,59116.7
 Flagstaff, AZ134,421112-4.149,61521.8
 Bellingham, WA201,140110-4.051,38919.0
 Portland-South Portland, ME514,098110-0.856,96112.3
 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY870,716108-1.859,33915.1
 Madison, WI568,5931070.761,16315.3
 Worcester, MA798,552106-1.565,77216.3
 Fresno, CA930,450106-5.146,90311.2
 Charlottesville, VA201,5591051.858,0269.4
 Dover, DE162,310105-8.154,7838.5
 Yuma, AZ195,751105-9.341,44121.0
 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
Morgantown, WV129,70910317.542,10017.2
 Bakersfield, CA839,63110310.248,02118.4
 Utica-Rome, NY299,397103-3.147,06013.1
Ithaca, NY101,56410333.449,78922.8
 Gainesville, FL264,2751010.641,19821.1
 Tallahassee, FL367,413101-4.145,01112.7
 Akron, OH703,200101-5.149,48511.1
 York-Hanover, PA434,972101-2.058,58619.6
 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
 Harrisonburg, VA125,228990.147,22215.4
 Lake Charles, LA199,607995.544,23214.7
 Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 138,02899-3.346,36310.8
 Ames, IA89,54299-5.949,73311.8
 Williamsport, PA116,111991.343,7888.0
Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR699,757991.747,73117.5
 Alexandria, LA153,922997.240,40222.1
 Wilmington, NC362,31599-4.146,86820.1
 Erie, PA280,56698-1.844,50313.4
 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL618,75498-11.749,44412.5
 Monroe, LA176,44198-4.139,49015.5
 Johnstown, PA143,67998-2.241,20219.9
 Lafayette, LA273,738980.547,30910.5
 Prescott, AZ211,03397-16.144,08417.8
 Punta Gorda, FL159,97897-2.845,1121.5
Columbia, SC768,82197-1.048,76617.5
 Montgomery, AL374,53697-4.147,14617.8
 Odessa, TX137,1309721.650,05625.9
 Kankakee-Bradley, IL113,44997-5.049,26616.4
 Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL379,69097-4.949,60514.5
 Greenville, NC189,510970.739,93717.1
 Valdosta, GA139,58897-9.838,67814.5
 Jacksonville, NC177,7729723.945,45725.9
 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
 Lawton, OK124,0989615.445,94736.8
 Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC269,29195-2.442,87711.5
 Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR136,02795-0.542,22919.0
 Lima, OH106,33195-14.143,32311.2
 Hattiesburg, MS142,84295-2.240,42712.5
 Kennewick-Richland-Pasco, WA253,3409517.256,40714.1
 St. Cloud, MN189,09395-2.452,62513.6
 Tucson, AZ980,26395-6.446,34117.6
 Cheyenne, WY91,738959.454,15624.9
 Colorado Springs, CO645,61395-3.757,11114.9
 Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX388,745950.345,62222.0
 Yakima, WA243,23195-1.244,41914.5
 Tyler, TX209,71495-2.846,61517.3
 Cedar Rapids, IA257,940943.055,19616.4
 Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV269,14094-5.651,72919.1
 Burlington, NC151,13194-2.544,43017.1
 Grand Junction, CO146,723942.052,98616.0
 Columbia, MO172,7869410.747,11817.3
 Jackson, TN115,425944.840,57317.7
 Savannah, GA347,61194-2.649,03317.8
 Janesville, WI160,33194-14.050,5327.5
 Wausau, WI134,06394-6.054,31611.1
 Spokane, WA471,22194-2.349,25719.0
 Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA162,9589410.542,46824.3
 Fargo, ND-MN208,777947.650,09114.3
 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI774,16094-5.850,18710.3
 Fort Wayne, IN416,25793-5.849,80810.5
 Amarillo, TX249,881939.647,23423.2
 Huntsville, AL417,593932.054,73319.5
 Springfield, IL210,170930.153,68217.1
 Lafayette, IN201,7899313.744,42213.3
 Rockford, IL349,43193-9.049,72412.2
 Auburn-Opelika, AL140,247936.142,32027.5
 Mobile, AL412,99293-1.642,18719.1
 Morristown, TN136,60893-9.837,38014.2
 Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL147,13793-0.939,92716.7
 Sumter, SC107,45693-13.640,54216.3
 Dayton, OH841,50293-8.847,86411.5
 Corpus Christi, TX428,185932.645,19917.6
 Topeka, KS233,870930.249,6349.9
 Danville, IL81,625939.840,46317.8
 Evansville, IN-KY358,67693-3.547,29414.8
 Danville, VA106,56193-12.536,10220.5
 Elkhart-Goshen, IN197,55992-20.647,3088.1
 Chattanooga, TN-GA528,14392-5.244,16416.0
 El Paso, TX800,647927.438,25914.7
 Boise City-Nampa, ID616,56192-5.250,8998.3
 Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA167,819920.247,13819.6
 Durham, NC504,357923.051,63219.4
 Dalton, GA142,22792-16.240,67710.8
 Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH287,70292-3.037,53714.7
 Albuquerque, NM887,07792-2.548,66323.3
 Wichita, KS623,06191-2.650,12213.4
 St. George, UT138,11591-9.850,30712.4
 Anniston-Oxford, AL118,57291-9.239,46713.4
 Cleveland, TN115,78891-7.739,96418.4
 Lincoln, NE302,15791-0.151,41912.6
 Lexington-Fayette, KY472,09991-1.249,2269.9
 Lynchburg, VA252,634910.445,51214.5
 Albany, GA157,30891-5.436,61316.4
 Decatur, AL153,82991-6.844,20720.2
 Des Moines, IA569,633911.559,38115.1
 Roanoke, VA308,70791-5.231,63513.7
 South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI319,22491-8.245,22614.1
 Anderson, SC187,12690-3.842,85415.3
 Baton Rouge, LA802,484900.550,14615.3
 Bloomington, IN192,7149013.940,49021.6
 Reno-Sparks, NV425,41790-8.655,86015.6
 San Angelo, TX111,8239012.943,49817.7
 Jefferson City, MO149,80790-0.452,65914.4
 McAllen-Edinburg-Pharr, TX774,7699010.732,47923.3
 Ogden-Clearfield, UT547,184901.462,34012.9
 Muncie, IN117,67190-14.338,73015.1
 Greenville, SC636,986902.345,88814.7
 Eau Claire, WI161,15190-2.348,25511.0
 Winston-Salem, NC477,71789-5.945,84713.4
 Knoxville, TN698,030890.146,66617.9
 Decatur, IL110,76889-0.145,98717.6
 Joplin, MO175,51889-2.640,26018.7
 Tulsa, OK937,47889-1.247,76016.6
 Brownsville-Harlingen, TX406,220896.032,15623.2
 Dothan, AL145,639892.540,07125.4
 Jackson, MS539,05789-0.146,18214.2
 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA565,77389-8.641,9317.8
 Waco, TX234,906892.141,65618.4
 Kalamazoo-Portage, MI326,58988-9.245,6798.0
 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA865,350881.256,34613.4
 Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC556,87788-2.945,16214.5
 Sherman-Denison, TX120,87787-2.046,99317.3
 Springfield, MO436,71287-3.843,04213.4
 Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX405,3008711.449,30020.6
 Lubbock, TX284,890872.043,7844.1
 Wichita Falls, TX151,30687-5.145,88214.6
 Jonesboro, AR121,02687-1.738,06319.1
 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO463,2048615.246,13121.3
 Pueblo, CO159,063833.841,27313.5
 Idaho Falls, ID130,374822.451,72914.0
 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL543,376NA-5.050,06819.7
 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA823,318NA-6.476,72813.2
 Owensboro, KY114,752NA-1.744,51811.3
 Panama City-Lynn Haven, FL168,852NA-3.048,22512.2
 Racine, WI195,408NA-7.554,3567.5
 Provo-Orem, UT526,810NA4.159,10415.3
 Pine Bluff, AR100,258NA-8.337,15816.8
 Yuba City-Marysville, CA166,892NA-11.448,85715.0
 Pittsfield, MA131,219NA-11.748,7055.6
 Pocatello, ID90,656NA-3.645,08013.4
 Port St. Lucie-Fort Pierce, FL424,107NA-7.147,30610.6
 Pascagoula, MS162,246NA26.148,96813.3
 Trenton-Ewing, NJ366,513NA-4.773,88317.6
 Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY670,301NA0.370,69416.3
 Reading, PA411,442NA-0.554,82318.3
 Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL448,991NA-6.548,07512.3
 Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH162,056NA-5.942,39515.3
 Sioux Falls, SD228,261NA5.855,75415.3
 Rapid City, SD126,382NA1.048,15516.2
 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA483,878NA-9.764,34310.8
 Visalia-Porterville, CA442,179NA-1.543,55019.0
 Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ156,898NA-1.152,00418.3
 Victoria, TX115,384NA0.048,53117.0
 Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA563,631NA-1.444,31915.5
 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA413,344NA-9.869,91417.4
 Sheboygan, WI115,507NA-8.652,99310.2
 Shreveport-Bossier City, LA398,604NA-0.242,39816.2
 Sioux City, IA-NE-SD143,577NA-2.147,34812.4
 Spartanburg, SC284,307NA-4.443,5639.5
 Stockton, CA685,306NA-7.953,76414.7
 State College, PA153,990NA17.748,2627.7
 St. Joseph, MO-KS127,329NA6.845,05120.8
 Syracuse, NY662,577NA-3.051,60616.6
 Springfield, MA692,942NA-3.051,75115.5
 Springfield, OH138,333NA-0.744,03713.3
Santa Fe, NM144,170NA3.253,69828.6
 Terre Haute, IN172,425NA-4.742,17011.5
 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA262,382NA-8.666,03013.3
 Wheeling, WV-OH147,950NA-1.439,5168.7
 Redding, CA177,223NA-13.444,05813.4
 Wenatchee, WA110,884NA-2.749,5732.7
 Rochester, MN186,011NA33.364,45339.8
 Rocky Mount, NC152,392NA-8.840,66714.0
 Rome, GA96,317NA-15.043,12917.4
 Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI200,169NA-9.643,2586.9
 Salem, OR390,738NA-3.347,57417.2
 Toledo, OH651,429NA-11.445,4958.7
 Salinas, CA415,057NA-2.759,73714.7
 Salisbury, MD125,203NA-2.149,66819.7
 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA269,637NA-14.258,63018.6
 Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH124,454NA-13.339,58111.6
 Sandusky, OH77,079NA-6.947,4665.2
 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA423,895NA-5.461,89616.5
 Warner Robins, GA139,900NA5.955,73814.1
 Tuscaloosa, AL219,461NA-4.541,36818.6
 Gainesville, GA179,684NA1.652,05015.9
 El Centro, CA174,528NA-0.939,40219.1
 Duluth, MN-WI279,771NA-2.246,13311.3
Dubuque, IA93,653NA-0.949,66322.7
 Abilene, TX165,252NA1.742,64424.0
 Cumberland, MD-WV103,299NA-4.637,80417.6
 Corvallis, OR85,579NA9.347,7167.9
 Columbus, IN76,794NA6.953,69219.8
 Columbus, GA-AL294,865NA-0.541,68020.0
 Coeur d'Alene, ID138,494NA3.348,07512.1
 Clarksville, TN-KY273,949NA0.245,30517.5
 Elizabethtown, KY119,736NA5.447,31022.6
 Elmira, NY88,830NA-0.946,58936.7
 Gadsden, AL104,430NA-6.637,77215.6
 Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin, FL180,822NA-9.754,14018.1
 Fort Smith, AR-OK298,592NA-5.439,34415.4
 Fort Collins-Loveland, CO299,630NA0.357,2156.9
 Fond du Lac, WI101,633NA-4.852,71713.9
 Florence, SC205,566NA-6.340,56516.4
 Flint, MI425,790NA-17.043,418-0.5
 Fayetteville, NC366,383NA3.245,01617.9
 Farmington, NM130,044NA-2.849,02422.6
 Eugene-Springfield, OR351,715NA-7.942,62116.1
 Chico, CA220,000NA-10.442,97117.8
 Charleston, WV304,284NA1.444,14015.0
 Bend, OR157,733NA-4.352,96214.2
 Bay City, MI107,771NA-10.645,9622.0
 Battle Creek, MI136,146NA-8.542,28711.7
 Barnstable Town, MA215,888NA-5.460,52513.3
 Bangor, ME153,923NA-4.243,60113.9
 Atlantic City, NJ274,549NA-8.955,22214.8
 Athens-Clarke County, GA192,541NA-1.640,9519.7
 Appleton, WI225,666NA0.158,3898.6
 Anderson, IN131,636NA-7.144,0357.9
 Altoona, PA127,089NA-4.943,24312.9
Billings, MT158,050NA1.549,95215.5
 Binghamton, NY251,725NA-4.847,39819.3
 Casper, WY75,450NA1.653,51927.9
 Carson City, NV55,274NA-17.654,23511.7
 Canton-Massillon, OH404,422NA-7.545,17111.6
Bryan-College Station, TX228,660NA19.737,89959.7
 Brunswick, GA112,370NA-4.646,19921.9
 Bremerton-Silverdale, WA251,133NA0.861,11221.5
 Bowling Green, KY125,953NA2.942,16219.8
 Boulder, CO294,567NA-0.666,47910.4
 Bloomington-Normal, IL169,572NA3.959,41015.4
 Bismarck, ND108,779NA9.355,93319.3
 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ821,173NA0.158,05416.3
 Glens Falls, NY128,923NA2.451,89416.6
 Oshkosh-Neenah, WI166,994NA1.451,5969.7
 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
 Michigan City-La Porte, IN111,467NA-4.446,93411.9
 Missoula, MT109,299NA-9.843,89516.3
 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
 Monroe, MI152,021NA-7.855,8263.8
 Modesto, CA514,453NA-10.150,67115.4
 Lebanon, PA133,568NA3.253,47417.5
 Lawrence, KS110,826NA-7.647,0639.9
 Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA208,178NA0.648,74017.6
 Holland-Grand Haven, MI263,801NA-8.955,6613.4
 Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA77,917NA34.043,44319.8
 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
 Greeley, CO252,825NA2.255,82514.0
 Great Falls, MT81,327NA3.644,07416.6
 Grand Forks, ND-MN98,461NA-5.546,95118.0
 Iowa City, IA152,586NA7.953,3225.6
 Jackson, MI160,248NA-9.747,1693.9
 Las Cruces, NM209,233NA3.637,22322.7
 Laredo, TX250,304NA5.537,8687.0
 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
 Goldsboro, NC122,623NA-9.041,751-0.4

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