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
 Roanoke, VA308,70791-5.2%$31,63513.7%
 Brownsville-Harlingen, TX406,220896.032,15623.2
 McAllen-Edinburg-Pharr, TX774,7699010.732,47923.3
 Danville, VA106,56193-12.536,10220.5
 Albany, GA157,30891-5.436,61316.4
 Pine Bluff, AR100,258NA-8.337,15816.8
 Las Cruces, NM209,233NA3.637,22322.7
 Morristown, TN136,60893-9.837,38014.2
 Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH287,70292-3.037,53714.7
 Gadsden, AL104,430NA-6.637,77215.6
 Cumberland, MD-WV103,299NA-4.637,80417.6
 Laredo, TX250,304NA5.537,8687.0
Bryan-College Station, TX228,660NA19.737,89959.7
 Johnson City, TN198,716NA2.238,00218.0
 Jonesboro, AR121,02687-1.738,06319.1
 Hot Springs, AR96,02496-4.838,21017.3
 El Paso, TX800,647927.438,25914.7
 Valdosta, GA139,58897-9.838,67814.5
 Muncie, IN117,67190-14.338,73015.1
 Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA309,544NA-2.538,93120.2
 Fort Smith, AR-OK298,592NA-5.439,34415.4
 El Centro, CA174,528NA-0.939,40219.1
 Anniston-Oxford, AL118,57291-9.239,46713.4
 Monroe, LA176,44198-4.139,49015.5
 Wheeling, WV-OH147,950NA-1.439,5168.7
 Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH124,454NA-13.339,58111.6
 Macon, GA232,293NA-5.939,88812.8
 Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL147,13793-0.939,92716.7
 Greenville, NC189,510970.739,93717.1
 Cleveland, TN115,78891-7.739,96418.4
 Dothan, AL145,639892.540,07125.4
 Ocala, FL331,298NA-11.540,10315.6
 Joplin, MO175,51889-2.640,26018.7
 Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI172,188NA-9.440,2988.0
 Alexandria, LA153,922997.240,40222.1
 Hattiesburg, MS142,84295-2.240,42712.5
 Danville, IL81,625939.840,46317.8
 Bloomington, IN192,7149013.940,49021.6
 Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, NC365,497NA-14.440,51913.2
 Sumter, SC107,45693-13.640,54216.3
 Florence, SC205,566NA-6.340,56516.4
 Jackson, TN115,425944.840,57317.7
 Rocky Mount, NC152,392NA-8.840,66714.0
 Dalton, GA142,22792-16.240,67710.8
 Athens-Clarke County, GA192,541NA-1.640,9519.7
 Gainesville, FL264,2751010.641,19821.1
 Johnstown, PA143,67998-2.241,20219.9
 Pueblo, CO159,063833.841,27313.5
 Tuscaloosa, AL219,461NA-4.541,36818.6
 Yuma, AZ195,751105-9.341,44121.0
 Waco, TX234,906892.141,65618.4
 Columbus, GA-AL294,865NA-0.541,68020.0
 Goldsboro, NC122,623NA-9.041,751-0.4
 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA565,77389-8.641,9317.8
Morgantown, WV129,70910317.542,10017.2
 Bowling Green, KY125,953NA2.942,16219.8
 Terre Haute, IN172,425NA-4.742,17011.5
 Mobile, AL412,99293-1.642,18719.1
 Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR136,02795-0.542,22919.0
 Battle Creek, MI136,146NA-8.542,28711.7
 Auburn-Opelika, AL140,247936.142,32027.5
 Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH162,056NA-5.942,39515.3
 Shreveport-Bossier City, LA398,604NA-0.242,39816.2
 Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA162,9589410.542,46824.3
 Niles-Benton Harbor, MI156,813NA-6.842,48810.6
 Eugene-Springfield, OR351,715NA-7.942,62116.1
 Abilene, TX165,252NA1.742,64424.0
 Anderson, SC187,12690-3.842,85415.3
 Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC269,29195-2.442,87711.5
 Chico, CA220,000NA-10.442,97117.8
 Springfield, MO436,71287-3.843,04213.4
 Mansfield, OH124,475NA-12.843,0988.6
 Rome, GA96,317NA-15.043,12917.4
 Altoona, PA127,089NA-4.943,24312.9
 Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI200,169NA-9.643,2586.9
 Lima, OH106,33195-14.143,32311.2
 Medford, OR203,206NA-9.943,38617.2
 Flint, MI425,790NA-17.043,418-0.5
 Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA77,917NA34.043,44319.8
 San Angelo, TX111,8239012.943,49817.7
 Lewiston, ID-WA60,888NA-5.243,5207.9
 Visalia-Porterville, CA442,179NA-1.543,55019.0
 Spartanburg, SC284,307NA-4.443,5639.5
 Bangor, ME153,923NA-4.243,60113.9
 Lubbock, TX284,890872.043,7844.1
 Williamsport, PA116,111991.343,7888.0
 Missoula, MT109,299NA-9.843,89516.3
 Greensboro-High Point, NC723,801NA-5.143,91513.9
 Merced, CA255,793NA3.243,94513.3
 Anderson, IN131,636NA-7.144,0357.9
 Springfield, OH138,333NA-0.744,03713.3
 Redding, CA177,223NA-13.444,05813.4
 Great Falls, MT81,327NA3.644,07416.6
 Prescott, AZ211,03397-16.144,08417.8
 Charleston, WV304,284NA1.444,14015.0
 Chattanooga, TN-GA528,14392-5.244,16416.0
 Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL494,59396-5.744,16913.4
 Gulfport-Biloxi, MS248,820NA8.444,17011.8
 Decatur, AL153,82991-6.844,20720.2
 Lake Charles, LA199,607995.544,23214.7
 Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA563,631NA-1.444,31915.5
 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL602,095NA-7.544,39812.5
 Yakima, WA243,23195-1.244,41914.5
 Lafayette, IN201,7899313.744,42213.3
 Burlington, NC151,13194-2.544,43017.1
 Erie, PA280,56698-1.844,50313.4
 Asheville, NC424,8581040.044,51213.9
 Owensboro, KY114,752NA-1.744,51811.3
 Tallahassee, FL367,413101-4.145,01112.7
 Fayetteville, NC366,383NA3.245,01617.9
 St. Joseph, MO-KS127,329NA6.845,05120.8
 Pocatello, ID90,656NA-3.645,08013.4
 Punta Gorda, FL159,97897-2.845,1121.5
 Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC556,87788-2.945,16214.5
 Canton-Massillon, OH404,422NA-7.545,17111.6
 Corpus Christi, TX428,185932.645,19917.6
 South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI319,22491-8.245,22614.1
 Clarksville, TN-KY273,949NA0.245,30517.5
 Longview, TX214,369NA7.345,43620.8
 Jacksonville, NC177,7729723.945,45725.9
 Toledo, OH651,429NA-11.445,4958.7
 Lynchburg, VA252,634910.445,51214.5
 Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX388,745950.345,62222.0
 Kalamazoo-Portage, MI326,58988-9.245,6798.0
 Lewiston-Auburn, ME107,702NA-3.345,69914.9
 Winston-Salem, NC477,71789-5.945,84713.4
 Wichita Falls, TX151,30687-5.145,88214.6
 Greenville, SC636,986902.345,88814.7
 Lawton, OK124,0989615.445,94736.8
 Bay City, MI107,771NA-10.645,9622.0
 Decatur, IL110,76889-0.145,98717.6
 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO463,2048615.246,13121.3
 Duluth, MN-WI279,771NA-2.246,13311.3
 Champaign-Urbana, IL231,8919613.546,15239.0
 Jackson, MS539,05789-0.146,18214.2
 Brunswick, GA112,370NA-4.646,19921.9
 Kokomo, IN98,688NA-19.046,295-0.4
 Tucson, AZ980,26395-6.446,34117.6
 Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 138,02899-3.346,36310.8
 Longview-Kelso, WA102,410NA-4.446,46113.0
 Elmira, NY88,830NA-0.946,58936.7
 Tyler, TX209,71495-2.846,61517.3
 Knoxville, TN698,030890.146,66617.9
 Wilmington, NC362,31599-4.146,86820.1
 Fresno, CA930,450106-5.146,90311.2
 Michigan City-La Porte, IN111,467NA-4.446,93411.9
 Grand Forks, ND-MN98,461NA-5.546,95118.0
 Sherman-Denison, TX120,87787-2.046,99317.3
 Utica-Rome, NY299,397103-3.147,06013.1
 Lawrence, KS110,826NA-7.647,0639.9
 Columbia, MO172,7869410.747,11817.3
 Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA167,819920.247,13819.6
 Montgomery, AL374,53697-4.147,14617.8
 Jackson, MI160,248NA-9.747,1693.9
 Harrisonburg, VA125,228990.147,22215.4
 Amarillo, TX249,881939.647,23423.2
 Evansville, IN-KY358,67693-3.547,29414.8
 Port St. Lucie-Fort Pierce, FL424,107NA-7.147,30610.6
 Elkhart-Goshen, IN197,55992-20.647,3088.1
 Lafayette, LA273,738980.547,30910.5
 Elizabethtown, KY119,736NA5.447,31022.6
 Sioux City, IA-NE-SD143,577NA-2.147,34812.4
 Binghamton, NY251,725NA-4.847,39819.3
 Sandusky, OH77,079NA-6.947,4665.2
 Salem, OR390,738NA-3.347,57417.2
 Corvallis, OR85,579NA9.347,7167.9
 Madera, CA150,865NA-12.247,72428.4
Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR699,757991.747,73117.5
 Tulsa, OK937,47889-1.247,76016.6
 Dayton, OH841,50293-8.847,86411.5
 Logan, UT-ID125,442NA9.548,00216.9
 Bakersfield, CA839,63110310.248,02118.4
 Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL448,991NA-6.548,07512.3
 Coeur d'Alene, ID138,494NA3.348,07512.1
 Rapid City, SD126,382NA1.048,15516.2
 Panama City-Lynn Haven, FL168,852NA-3.048,22512.2
 Eau Claire, WI161,15190-2.348,25511.0
 State College, PA153,990NA17.748,2627.7
 Victoria, TX115,384NA0.048,53117.0
 Albuquerque, NM887,07792-2.548,66323.3
 Pittsfield, MA131,219NA-11.748,7055.6
 Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA208,178NA0.648,74017.6
 Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, FL702,281100-17.948,74516.4
Columbia, SC768,82197-1.048,76617.5
 Hanford-Corcoran, CA152,982NA12.648,83827.2
 Yuba City-Marysville, CA166,892NA-11.448,85715.0
 Pascagoula, MS162,246NA26.148,96813.3
 Farmington, NM130,044NA-2.849,02422.6
 Savannah, GA347,61194-2.649,03317.8
 Lexington-Fayette, KY472,09991-1.249,2269.9
 Spokane, WA471,22194-2.349,25719.0
 Kankakee-Bradley, IL113,44997-5.049,26616.4
 Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX405,3008711.449,30020.6
 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL618,75498-11.749,44412.5
 Akron, OH703,200101-5.149,48511.1
 Wenatchee, WA110,884NA-2.749,5732.7
 Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL379,69097-4.949,60514.5
 Flagstaff, AZ134,421112-4.149,61521.8
 Topeka, KS233,870930.249,6349.9
Dubuque, IA93,653NA-0.949,66322.7
 Salisbury, MD125,203NA-2.149,66819.7
 Rockford, IL349,43193-9.049,72412.2
 Ames, IA89,54299-5.949,73311.8
Ithaca, NY101,56410333.449,78922.8
 Fort Wayne, IN416,25793-5.849,80810.5
Billings, MT158,050NA1.549,95215.5
 Odessa, TX137,1309721.650,05625.9
 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL543,376NA-5.050,06819.7
 Fargo, ND-MN208,777947.650,09114.3
 Wichita, KS623,06191-2.650,12213.4
 Baton Rouge, LA802,484900.550,14615.3
 Lansing-East Lansing, MI464,036NA-6.350,1687.2
 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI774,16094-5.850,18710.3
 St. George, UT138,11591-9.850,30712.4
 Janesville, WI160,33194-14.050,5327.5
 Modesto, CA514,453NA-10.150,67115.4
 La Crosse, WI-MN133,665NA-0.850,83615.6
 Boise City-Nampa, ID616,56192-5.250,8998.3
 Charleston-North Charleston, SC664,6071002.851,33219.1
 Bellingham, WA201,140110-4.051,38919.0
 Lincoln, NE302,15791-0.151,41912.6
 Oshkosh-Neenah, WI166,994NA1.451,5969.7
 Syracuse, NY662,577NA-3.051,60616.6
 Durham, NC504,357923.051,63219.4
 Idaho Falls, ID130,374822.451,72914.0
 Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV269,14094-5.651,72919.1
 Springfield, MA692,942NA-3.051,75115.5
 Glens Falls, NY128,923NA2.451,89416.6
 Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ156,898NA-1.152,00418.3
 Gainesville, GA179,684NA1.652,05015.9
 Winchester, VA-WV128,472104-6.252,16416.0
 St. Cloud, MN189,09395-2.452,62513.6
 Jefferson City, MO149,80790-0.452,65914.4
 Fond du Lac, WI101,633NA-4.852,71713.9
 Green Bay, WI306,24196-0.352,94411.3
 Bend, OR157,733NA-4.352,96214.2
 Grand Junction, CO146,723942.052,98616.0
 Sheboygan, WI115,507NA-8.652,99310.2
 Peoria, IL379,186100-5.453,21916.6
 Iowa City, IA152,586NA7.953,3225.6
 Lebanon, PA133,568NA3.253,47417.5
 Casper, WY75,450NA1.653,51927.9
 Springfield, IL210,170930.153,68217.1
 Columbus, IN76,794NA6.953,69219.8
Santa Fe, NM144,170NA3.253,69828.6
 Stockton, CA685,306NA-7.953,76414.7
 Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin, FL180,822NA-9.754,14018.1
 Cheyenne, WY91,738959.454,15624.9
 Carson City, NV55,274NA-17.654,23511.7
 Wausau, WI134,06394-6.054,31611.1
 Racine, WI195,408NA-7.554,3567.5
 Huntsville, AL417,593932.054,73319.5
 Dover, DE162,310105-8.154,7838.5
 Reading, PA411,442NA-0.554,82318.3
 Cedar Rapids, IA257,940943.055,19616.4
 Atlantic City, NJ274,549NA-8.955,22214.8
 Ocean City, NJ97,265NA-10.155,3159.1
 Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA116,901NA-6.355,55515.4
 Holland-Grand Haven, MI263,801NA-8.955,6613.4
 Warner Robins, GA139,900NA5.955,73814.1
 Sioux Falls, SD228,261NA5.855,75415.3
 Lancaster, PA519,445NA-3.055,81615.2
 Greeley, CO252,825NA2.255,82514.0
 Monroe, MI152,021NA-7.855,8263.8
 Reno-Sparks, NV425,41790-8.655,86015.6
 Bismarck, ND108,779NA9.355,93319.3
 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA865,350881.256,34613.4
 Kennewick-Richland-Pasco, WA253,3409517.256,40714.1
 Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA549,475104-1.956,82116.2
 Naples-Marco Island, FL321,520NA-9.356,87612.8
 Portland-South Portland, ME514,098110-0.856,96112.3
 Colorado Springs, CO645,61395-3.757,11114.9
 Fort Collins-Loveland, CO299,630NA0.357,2156.9
 Midland, TX136,87210022.757,80736.5
 Charlottesville, VA201,5591051.858,0269.4
 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ821,173NA0.158,05416.3
 Appleton, WI225,666NA0.158,3898.6
 York-Hanover, PA434,972101-2.058,58619.6
 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA269,637NA-14.258,63018.6
 Kingston, NY182,493NA-5.158,80812.3
 Provo-Orem, UT526,810NA4.159,10415.3
 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY870,716108-1.859,33915.1
 Des Moines, IA569,633911.559,38115.1
 Bloomington-Normal, IL169,572NA3.959,41015.4
 Ann Arbor, MI344,791104-0.659,7376.5
 Salinas, CA415,057NA-2.759,73714.7
 Barnstable Town, MA215,888NA-5.460,52513.3
Burlington-South Burlington, VT211,2611232.960,55224.0
 Bremerton-Silverdale, WA251,133NA0.861,11221.5
 Madison, WI568,5931070.761,16315.3
 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA423,895NA-5.461,89616.5
 Ogden-Clearfield, UT547,184901.462,34012.9
 New Haven-Milford, CT862,477129-3.162,49714.0
 Olympia, WA252,2641040.263,12914.5
 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA483,878NA-9.764,34310.8
 Rochester, MN186,011NA33.364,45339.8
 Worcester, MA798,552106-1.565,77216.3
 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA262,382NA-8.666,03013.3
 Boulder, CO294,567NA-0.666,47910.4
 Norwich-New London, CT274,055NA0.967,01016.3
 Napa, CA136,484NA-3.868,64125.0
 Fairbanks, AK97,581135-3.368,92218.6
 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA413,344NA-9.869,91417.4
 Manchester-Nashua, NH400,7211211.070,59116.7
 Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY670,301NA0.370,69416.3
 Honolulu, HI953,207171-0.271,26315.3
 Trenton-Ewing, NJ366,513NA-4.773,88317.6
Anchorage, AK380,8211279.474,27116.8
 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA823,318NA-6.476,72813.2
 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT916,829146-3.382,55817.8

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