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
 Elkhart-Goshen, IN197,55992-20.6%$47,3088.1%
 Kokomo, IN98,688NA-19.046,295-0.4
 Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, FL702,281100-17.948,74516.4
 Carson City, NV55,274NA-17.654,23511.7
 Flint, MI425,790NA-17.043,418-0.5
 Dalton, GA142,22792-16.240,67710.8
 Prescott, AZ211,03397-16.144,08417.8
 Rome, GA96,317NA-15.043,12917.4
 Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, NC365,497NA-14.440,51913.2
 Muncie, IN117,67190-14.338,73015.1
 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA269,637NA-14.258,63018.6
 Lima, OH106,33195-14.143,32311.2
 Janesville, WI160,33194-14.050,5327.5
 Sumter, SC107,45693-13.640,54216.3
 Redding, CA177,223NA-13.444,05813.4
 Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH124,454NA-13.339,58111.6
 Mansfield, OH124,475NA-12.843,0988.6
 Danville, VA106,56193-12.536,10220.5
 Madera, CA150,865NA-12.247,72428.4
 Pittsfield, MA131,219NA-11.748,7055.6
 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL618,75498-11.749,44412.5
 Ocala, FL331,298NA-11.540,10315.6
 Toledo, OH651,429NA-11.445,4958.7
 Yuba City-Marysville, CA166,892NA-11.448,85715.0
 Bay City, MI107,771NA-10.645,9622.0
 Chico, CA220,000NA-10.442,97117.8
 Modesto, CA514,453NA-10.150,67115.4
 Ocean City, NJ97,265NA-10.155,3159.1
 Medford, OR203,206NA-9.943,38617.2
 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA413,344NA-9.869,91417.4
 Valdosta, GA139,58897-9.838,67814.5
 St. George, UT138,11591-9.850,30712.4
 Morristown, TN136,60893-9.837,38014.2
 Missoula, MT109,299NA-9.843,89516.3
 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA483,878NA-9.764,34310.8
 Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin, FL180,822NA-9.754,14018.1
 Jackson, MI160,248NA-9.747,1693.9
 Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI200,169NA-9.643,2586.9
 Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI172,188NA-9.440,2988.0
 Naples-Marco Island, FL321,520NA-9.356,87612.8
 Yuma, AZ195,751105-9.341,44121.0
 Anniston-Oxford, AL118,57291-9.239,46713.4
 Kalamazoo-Portage, MI326,58988-9.245,6798.0
 Rockford, IL349,43193-9.049,72412.2
 Goldsboro, NC122,623NA-9.041,751-0.4
 Atlantic City, NJ274,549NA-8.955,22214.8
 Holland-Grand Haven, MI263,801NA-8.955,6613.4
 Dayton, OH841,50293-8.847,86411.5
 Rocky Mount, NC152,392NA-8.840,66714.0
 Sheboygan, WI115,507NA-8.652,99310.2
 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA262,382NA-8.666,03013.3
 Reno-Sparks, NV425,41790-8.655,86015.6
 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA565,77389-8.641,9317.8
 Battle Creek, MI136,146NA-8.542,28711.7
 Pine Bluff, AR100,258NA-8.337,15816.8
 South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI319,22491-8.245,22614.1
 Dover, DE162,310105-8.154,7838.5
 Stockton, CA685,306NA-7.953,76414.7
 Eugene-Springfield, OR351,715NA-7.942,62116.1
 Monroe, MI152,021NA-7.855,8263.8
 Cleveland, TN115,78891-7.739,96418.4
 Lawrence, KS110,826NA-7.647,0639.9
 Racine, WI195,408NA-7.554,3567.5
 Canton-Massillon, OH404,422NA-7.545,17111.6
 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL602,095NA-7.544,39812.5
 Anderson, IN131,636NA-7.144,0357.9
 Port St. Lucie-Fort Pierce, FL424,107NA-7.147,30610.6
 Sandusky, OH77,079NA-6.947,4665.2
 Decatur, AL153,82991-6.844,20720.2
 Niles-Benton Harbor, MI156,813NA-6.842,48810.6
 Gadsden, AL104,430NA-6.637,77215.6
 Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL448,991NA-6.548,07512.3
 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA823,318NA-6.476,72813.2
 Tucson, AZ980,26395-6.446,34117.6
 Lansing-East Lansing, MI464,036NA-6.350,1687.2
 Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA116,901NA-6.355,55515.4
 Florence, SC205,566NA-6.340,56516.4
 Winchester, VA-WV128,472104-6.252,16416.0
 Wausau, WI134,06394-6.054,31611.1
 Macon, GA232,293NA-5.939,88812.8
 Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH162,056NA-5.942,39515.3
 Ames, IA89,54299-5.949,73311.8
 Winston-Salem, NC477,71789-5.945,84713.4
 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI774,16094-5.850,18710.3
 Fort Wayne, IN416,25793-5.849,80810.5
 Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL494,59396-5.744,16913.4
 Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV269,14094-5.651,72919.1
 Grand Forks, ND-MN98,461NA-5.546,95118.0
 Peoria, IL379,186100-5.453,21916.6
 Fort Smith, AR-OK298,592NA-5.439,34415.4
 Barnstable Town, MA215,888NA-5.460,52513.3
 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA423,895NA-5.461,89616.5
 Albany, GA157,30891-5.436,61316.4
 Lewiston, ID-WA60,888NA-5.243,5207.9
 Chattanooga, TN-GA528,14392-5.244,16416.0
 Roanoke, VA308,70791-5.231,63513.7
 Boise City-Nampa, ID616,56192-5.250,8998.3
 Fresno, CA930,450106-5.146,90311.2
 Greensboro-High Point, NC723,801NA-5.143,91513.9
 Akron, OH703,200101-5.149,48511.1
 Kingston, NY182,493NA-5.158,80812.3
 Wichita Falls, TX151,30687-5.145,88214.6
 Kankakee-Bradley, IL113,44997-5.049,26616.4
 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL543,376NA-5.050,06819.7
 Altoona, PA127,089NA-4.943,24312.9
 Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL379,69097-4.949,60514.5
 Fond du Lac, WI101,633NA-4.852,71713.9
 Hot Springs, AR96,02496-4.838,21017.3
 Binghamton, NY251,725NA-4.847,39819.3
 Terre Haute, IN172,425NA-4.742,17011.5
 Trenton-Ewing, NJ366,513NA-4.773,88317.6
 Cumberland, MD-WV103,299NA-4.637,80417.6
 Brunswick, GA112,370NA-4.646,19921.9
 Tuscaloosa, AL219,461NA-4.541,36818.6
 Longview-Kelso, WA102,410NA-4.446,46113.0
 Spartanburg, SC284,307NA-4.443,5639.5
 Michigan City-La Porte, IN111,467NA-4.446,93411.9
 Bend, OR157,733NA-4.352,96214.2
 Bangor, ME153,923NA-4.243,60113.9
 Tallahassee, FL367,413101-4.145,01112.7
 Wilmington, NC362,31599-4.146,86820.1
 Monroe, LA176,44198-4.139,49015.5
 Montgomery, AL374,53697-4.147,14617.8
 Flagstaff, AZ134,421112-4.149,61521.8
 Bellingham, WA201,140110-4.051,38919.0
 Springfield, MO436,71287-3.843,04213.4
 Napa, CA136,484NA-3.868,64125.0
 Anderson, SC187,12690-3.842,85415.3
 Colorado Springs, CO645,61395-3.757,11114.9
 Pocatello, ID90,656NA-3.645,08013.4
 Evansville, IN-KY358,67693-3.547,29414.8
 Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 138,02899-3.346,36310.8
 Salem, OR390,738NA-3.347,57417.2
 Fairbanks, AK97,581135-3.368,92218.6
 Lewiston-Auburn, ME107,702NA-3.345,69914.9
 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT916,829146-3.382,55817.8
 Utica-Rome, NY299,397103-3.147,06013.1
 New Haven-Milford, CT862,477129-3.162,49714.0
 Panama City-Lynn Haven, FL168,852NA-3.048,22512.2
 Lancaster, PA519,445NA-3.055,81615.2
 Syracuse, NY662,577NA-3.051,60616.6
 Springfield, MA692,942NA-3.051,75115.5
 Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH287,70292-3.037,53714.7
 Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC556,87788-2.945,16214.5
 Punta Gorda, FL159,97897-2.845,1121.5
 Tyler, TX209,71495-2.846,61517.3
 Farmington, NM130,044NA-2.849,02422.6
 Salinas, CA415,057NA-2.759,73714.7
 Wenatchee, WA110,884NA-2.749,5732.7
 Joplin, MO175,51889-2.640,26018.7
 Wichita, KS623,06191-2.650,12213.4
 Savannah, GA347,61194-2.649,03317.8
 Albuquerque, NM887,07792-2.548,66323.3
 Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA309,544NA-2.538,93120.2
 Burlington, NC151,13194-2.544,43017.1
 St. Cloud, MN189,09395-2.452,62513.6
 Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC269,29195-2.442,87711.5
 Eau Claire, WI161,15190-2.348,25511.0
 Spokane, WA471,22194-2.349,25719.0
 Johnstown, PA143,67998-2.241,20219.9
 Duluth, MN-WI279,771NA-2.246,13311.3
 Hattiesburg, MS142,84295-2.240,42712.5
 Sioux City, IA-NE-SD143,577NA-2.147,34812.4
 Salisbury, MD125,203NA-2.149,66819.7
 Sherman-Denison, TX120,87787-2.046,99317.3
 York-Hanover, PA434,972101-2.058,58619.6
 Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA549,475104-1.956,82116.2
 Erie, PA280,56698-1.844,50313.4
 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY870,716108-1.859,33915.1
 Jonesboro, AR121,02687-1.738,06319.1
 Owensboro, KY114,752NA-1.744,51811.3
 Mobile, AL412,99293-1.642,18719.1
 Athens-Clarke County, GA192,541NA-1.640,9519.7
 Visalia-Porterville, CA442,179NA-1.543,55019.0
 Worcester, MA798,552106-1.565,77216.3
 Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA563,631NA-1.444,31915.5
 Wheeling, WV-OH147,950NA-1.439,5168.7
 Tulsa, OK937,47889-1.247,76016.6
 Lexington-Fayette, KY472,09991-1.249,2269.9
 Yakima, WA243,23195-1.244,41914.5
 Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ156,898NA-1.152,00418.3
Columbia, SC768,82197-1.048,76617.5
 El Centro, CA174,528NA-0.939,40219.1
Dubuque, IA93,653NA-0.949,66322.7
 Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL147,13793-0.939,92716.7
 Elmira, NY88,830NA-0.946,58936.7
 La Crosse, WI-MN133,665NA-0.850,83615.6
 Portland-South Portland, ME514,098110-0.856,96112.3
 Springfield, OH138,333NA-0.744,03713.3
 Boulder, CO294,567NA-0.666,47910.4
 Ann Arbor, MI344,791104-0.659,7376.5
 Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR136,02795-0.542,22919.0
 Reading, PA411,442NA-0.554,82318.3
 Columbus, GA-AL294,865NA-0.541,68020.0
 Jefferson City, MO149,80790-0.452,65914.4
 Green Bay, WI306,24196-0.352,94411.3
 Shreveport-Bossier City, LA398,604NA-0.242,39816.2
 Honolulu, HI953,207171-0.271,26315.3
 Jackson, MS539,05789-0.146,18214.2
 Lincoln, NE302,15791-0.151,41912.6
 Decatur, IL110,76889-0.145,98717.6
 Victoria, TX115,384NA0.048,53117.0
 Asheville, NC424,8581040.044,51213.9
 Springfield, IL210,170930.153,68217.1
 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ821,173NA0.158,05416.3
 Appleton, WI225,666NA0.158,3898.6
 Knoxville, TN698,030890.146,66617.9
 Harrisonburg, VA125,228990.147,22215.4
 Topeka, KS233,870930.249,6349.9
 Clarksville, TN-KY273,949NA0.245,30517.5
 Olympia, WA252,2641040.263,12914.5
 Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA167,819920.247,13819.6
 Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX388,745950.345,62222.0
 Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY670,301NA0.370,69416.3
 Fort Collins-Loveland, CO299,630NA0.357,2156.9
 Lynchburg, VA252,634910.445,51214.5
 Lafayette, LA273,738980.547,30910.5
 Baton Rouge, LA802,484900.550,14615.3
 Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA208,178NA0.648,74017.6
 Gainesville, FL264,2751010.641,19821.1
 Madison, WI568,5931070.761,16315.3
 Greenville, NC189,510970.739,93717.1
 Bremerton-Silverdale, WA251,133NA0.861,11221.5
 Norwich-New London, CT274,055NA0.967,01016.3
 Manchester-Nashua, NH400,7211211.070,59116.7
 Rapid City, SD126,382NA1.048,15516.2
 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA865,350881.256,34613.4
 Williamsport, PA116,111991.343,7888.0
 Charleston, WV304,284NA1.444,14015.0
 Oshkosh-Neenah, WI166,994NA1.451,5969.7
 Ogden-Clearfield, UT547,184901.462,34012.9
Billings, MT158,050NA1.549,95215.5
 Des Moines, IA569,633911.559,38115.1
 Gainesville, GA179,684NA1.652,05015.9
 Casper, WY75,450NA1.653,51927.9
 Abilene, TX165,252NA1.742,64424.0
Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR699,757991.747,73117.5
 Charlottesville, VA201,5591051.858,0269.4
 Lubbock, TX284,890872.043,7844.1
 Grand Junction, CO146,723942.052,98616.0
 Huntsville, AL417,593932.054,73319.5
 Waco, TX234,906892.141,65618.4
 Johnson City, TN198,716NA2.238,00218.0
 Greeley, CO252,825NA2.255,82514.0
 Greenville, SC636,986902.345,88814.7
 Glens Falls, NY128,923NA2.451,89416.6
 Idaho Falls, ID130,374822.451,72914.0
 Dothan, AL145,639892.540,07125.4
 Corpus Christi, TX428,185932.645,19917.6
 Charleston-North Charleston, SC664,6071002.851,33219.1
 Bowling Green, KY125,953NA2.942,16219.8
Burlington-South Burlington, VT211,2611232.960,55224.0
 Cedar Rapids, IA257,940943.055,19616.4
 Durham, NC504,357923.051,63219.4
 Fayetteville, NC366,383NA3.245,01617.9
Santa Fe, NM144,170NA3.253,69828.6
 Lebanon, PA133,568NA3.253,47417.5
 Merced, CA255,793NA3.243,94513.3
 Coeur d'Alene, ID138,494NA3.348,07512.1
 Las Cruces, NM209,233NA3.637,22322.7
 Great Falls, MT81,327NA3.644,07416.6
 Pueblo, CO159,063833.841,27313.5
 Bloomington-Normal, IL169,572NA3.959,41015.4
 Provo-Orem, UT526,810NA4.159,10415.3
 Jackson, TN115,425944.840,57317.7
 Elizabethtown, KY119,736NA5.447,31022.6
 Lake Charles, LA199,607995.544,23214.7
 Laredo, TX250,304NA5.537,8687.0
 Sioux Falls, SD228,261NA5.855,75415.3
 Warner Robins, GA139,900NA5.955,73814.1
 Brownsville-Harlingen, TX406,220896.032,15623.2
 Auburn-Opelika, AL140,247936.142,32027.5
 St. Joseph, MO-KS127,329NA6.845,05120.8
 Columbus, IN76,794NA6.953,69219.8
 Alexandria, LA153,922997.240,40222.1
 Longview, TX214,369NA7.345,43620.8
 El Paso, TX800,647927.438,25914.7
 Fargo, ND-MN208,777947.650,09114.3
 Iowa City, IA152,586NA7.953,3225.6
 Gulfport-Biloxi, MS248,820NA8.444,17011.8
 Corvallis, OR85,579NA9.347,7167.9
 Bismarck, ND108,779NA9.355,93319.3
Anchorage, AK380,8211279.474,27116.8
 Cheyenne, WY91,738959.454,15624.9
 Logan, UT-ID125,442NA9.548,00216.9
 Amarillo, TX249,881939.647,23423.2
 Danville, IL81,625939.840,46317.8
 Bakersfield, CA839,63110310.248,02118.4
 Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA162,9589410.542,46824.3
 McAllen-Edinburg-Pharr, TX774,7699010.732,47923.3
 Columbia, MO172,7869410.747,11817.3
 Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX405,3008711.449,30020.6
 Hanford-Corcoran, CA152,982NA12.648,83827.2
 San Angelo, TX111,8239012.943,49817.7
 Champaign-Urbana, IL231,8919613.546,15239.0
 Lafayette, IN201,7899313.744,42213.3
 Bloomington, IN192,7149013.940,49021.6
 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO463,2048615.246,13121.3
 Lawton, OK124,0989615.445,94736.8
 Kennewick-Richland-Pasco, WA253,3409517.256,40714.1
Morgantown, WV129,70910317.542,10017.2
 State College, PA153,990NA17.748,2627.7
Bryan-College Station, TX228,660NA19.737,89959.7
 Odessa, TX137,1309721.650,05625.9
 Midland, TX136,87210022.757,80736.5
 Jacksonville, NC177,7729723.945,45725.9
 Pascagoula, MS162,246NA26.148,96813.3
 Rochester, MN186,011NA33.364,45339.8
Ithaca, NY101,56410333.449,78922.8
 Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA77,917NA34.043,44319.8

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