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
 Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA77,917NA34.0%$43,44319.8%
Ithaca, NY101,56410333.449,78922.8
 Rochester, MN186,011NA33.364,45339.8
 Pascagoula, MS162,246NA26.148,96813.3
 Jacksonville, NC177,7729723.945,45725.9
 Midland, TX136,87210022.757,80736.5
 Odessa, TX137,1309721.650,05625.9
Bryan-College Station, TX228,660NA19.737,89959.7
 State College, PA153,990NA17.748,2627.7
Morgantown, WV129,70910317.542,10017.2
 Kennewick-Richland-Pasco, WA253,3409517.256,40714.1
 Lawton, OK124,0989615.445,94736.8
 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO463,2048615.246,13121.3
 Bloomington, IN192,7149013.940,49021.6
 Lafayette, IN201,7899313.744,42213.3
 Champaign-Urbana, IL231,8919613.546,15239.0
 San Angelo, TX111,8239012.943,49817.7
 Hanford-Corcoran, CA152,982NA12.648,83827.2
 Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX405,3008711.449,30020.6
 McAllen-Edinburg-Pharr, TX774,7699010.732,47923.3
 Columbia, MO172,7869410.747,11817.3
 Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA162,9589410.542,46824.3
 Bakersfield, CA839,63110310.248,02118.4
 Danville, IL81,625939.840,46317.8
 Amarillo, TX249,881939.647,23423.2
 Logan, UT-ID125,442NA9.548,00216.9
 Cheyenne, WY91,738959.454,15624.9
Anchorage, AK380,8211279.474,27116.8
 Bismarck, ND108,779NA9.355,93319.3
 Corvallis, OR85,579NA9.347,7167.9
 Gulfport-Biloxi, MS248,820NA8.444,17011.8
 Iowa City, IA152,586NA7.953,3225.6
 Fargo, ND-MN208,777947.650,09114.3
 El Paso, TX800,647927.438,25914.7
 Longview, TX214,369NA7.345,43620.8
 Alexandria, LA153,922997.240,40222.1
 Columbus, IN76,794NA6.953,69219.8
 St. Joseph, MO-KS127,329NA6.845,05120.8
 Auburn-Opelika, AL140,247936.142,32027.5
 Brownsville-Harlingen, TX406,220896.032,15623.2
 Warner Robins, GA139,900NA5.955,73814.1
 Sioux Falls, SD228,261NA5.855,75415.3
 Laredo, TX250,304NA5.537,8687.0
 Lake Charles, LA199,607995.544,23214.7
 Elizabethtown, KY119,736NA5.447,31022.6
 Jackson, TN115,425944.840,57317.7
 Provo-Orem, UT526,810NA4.159,10415.3
 Bloomington-Normal, IL169,572NA3.959,41015.4
 Pueblo, CO159,063833.841,27313.5
 Great Falls, MT81,327NA3.644,07416.6
 Las Cruces, NM209,233NA3.637,22322.7
 Coeur d'Alene, ID138,494NA3.348,07512.1
 Lebanon, PA133,568NA3.253,47417.5
Santa Fe, NM144,170NA3.253,69828.6
 Fayetteville, NC366,383NA3.245,01617.9
 Merced, CA255,793NA3.243,94513.3
 Cedar Rapids, IA257,940943.055,19616.4
 Durham, NC504,357923.051,63219.4
Burlington-South Burlington, VT211,2611232.960,55224.0
 Bowling Green, KY125,953NA2.942,16219.8
 Charleston-North Charleston, SC664,6071002.851,33219.1
 Corpus Christi, TX428,185932.645,19917.6
 Dothan, AL145,639892.540,07125.4
 Idaho Falls, ID130,374822.451,72914.0
 Glens Falls, NY128,923NA2.451,89416.6
 Greenville, SC636,986902.345,88814.7
 Johnson City, TN198,716NA2.238,00218.0
 Greeley, CO252,825NA2.255,82514.0
 Waco, TX234,906892.141,65618.4
 Huntsville, AL417,593932.054,73319.5
 Lubbock, TX284,890872.043,7844.1
 Grand Junction, CO146,723942.052,98616.0
 Charlottesville, VA201,5591051.858,0269.4
Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR699,757991.747,73117.5
 Abilene, TX165,252NA1.742,64424.0
 Casper, WY75,450NA1.653,51927.9
 Gainesville, GA179,684NA1.652,05015.9
Billings, MT158,050NA1.549,95215.5
 Des Moines, IA569,633911.559,38115.1
 Charleston, WV304,284NA1.444,14015.0
 Oshkosh-Neenah, WI166,994NA1.451,5969.7
 Ogden-Clearfield, UT547,184901.462,34012.9
 Williamsport, PA116,111991.343,7888.0
 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA865,350881.256,34613.4
 Manchester-Nashua, NH400,7211211.070,59116.7
 Rapid City, SD126,382NA1.048,15516.2
 Norwich-New London, CT274,055NA0.967,01016.3
 Bremerton-Silverdale, WA251,133NA0.861,11221.5
 Madison, WI568,5931070.761,16315.3
 Greenville, NC189,510970.739,93717.1
 Gainesville, FL264,2751010.641,19821.1
 Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA208,178NA0.648,74017.6
 Baton Rouge, LA802,484900.550,14615.3
 Lafayette, LA273,738980.547,30910.5
 Lynchburg, VA252,634910.445,51214.5
 Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX388,745950.345,62222.0
 Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY670,301NA0.370,69416.3
 Fort Collins-Loveland, CO299,630NA0.357,2156.9
 Olympia, WA252,2641040.263,12914.5
 Clarksville, TN-KY273,949NA0.245,30517.5
 Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA167,819920.247,13819.6
 Topeka, KS233,870930.249,6349.9
 Springfield, IL210,170930.153,68217.1
 Knoxville, TN698,030890.146,66617.9
 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ821,173NA0.158,05416.3
 Harrisonburg, VA125,228990.147,22215.4
 Appleton, WI225,666NA0.158,3898.6
 Asheville, NC424,8581040.044,51213.9
 Victoria, TX115,384NA0.048,53117.0
 Lincoln, NE302,15791-0.151,41912.6
 Jackson, MS539,05789-0.146,18214.2
 Decatur, IL110,76889-0.145,98717.6
 Shreveport-Bossier City, LA398,604NA-0.242,39816.2
 Honolulu, HI953,207171-0.271,26315.3
 Green Bay, WI306,24196-0.352,94411.3
 Jefferson City, MO149,80790-0.452,65914.4
 Reading, PA411,442NA-0.554,82318.3
 Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR136,02795-0.542,22919.0
 Columbus, GA-AL294,865NA-0.541,68020.0
 Boulder, CO294,567NA-0.666,47910.4
 Ann Arbor, MI344,791104-0.659,7376.5
 Springfield, OH138,333NA-0.744,03713.3
 Portland-South Portland, ME514,098110-0.856,96112.3
 La Crosse, WI-MN133,665NA-0.850,83615.6
Dubuque, IA93,653NA-0.949,66322.7
 Elmira, NY88,830NA-0.946,58936.7
 El Centro, CA174,528NA-0.939,40219.1
 Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL147,13793-0.939,92716.7
Columbia, SC768,82197-1.048,76617.5
 Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ156,898NA-1.152,00418.3
 Tulsa, OK937,47889-1.247,76016.6
 Lexington-Fayette, KY472,09991-1.249,2269.9
 Yakima, WA243,23195-1.244,41914.5
 Wheeling, WV-OH147,950NA-1.439,5168.7
 Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA563,631NA-1.444,31915.5
 Visalia-Porterville, CA442,179NA-1.543,55019.0
 Worcester, MA798,552106-1.565,77216.3
 Athens-Clarke County, GA192,541NA-1.640,9519.7
 Mobile, AL412,99293-1.642,18719.1
 Owensboro, KY114,752NA-1.744,51811.3
 Jonesboro, AR121,02687-1.738,06319.1
 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY870,716108-1.859,33915.1
 Erie, PA280,56698-1.844,50313.4
 Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA549,475104-1.956,82116.2
 Sherman-Denison, TX120,87787-2.046,99317.3
 York-Hanover, PA434,972101-2.058,58619.6
 Salisbury, MD125,203NA-2.149,66819.7
 Sioux City, IA-NE-SD143,577NA-2.147,34812.4
 Hattiesburg, MS142,84295-2.240,42712.5
 Duluth, MN-WI279,771NA-2.246,13311.3
 Johnstown, PA143,67998-2.241,20219.9
 Spokane, WA471,22194-2.349,25719.0
 Eau Claire, WI161,15190-2.348,25511.0
 Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC269,29195-2.442,87711.5
 St. Cloud, MN189,09395-2.452,62513.6
 Burlington, NC151,13194-2.544,43017.1
 Albuquerque, NM887,07792-2.548,66323.3
 Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA309,544NA-2.538,93120.2
 Wichita, KS623,06191-2.650,12213.4
 Savannah, GA347,61194-2.649,03317.8
 Joplin, MO175,51889-2.640,26018.7
 Salinas, CA415,057NA-2.759,73714.7
 Wenatchee, WA110,884NA-2.749,5732.7
 Farmington, NM130,044NA-2.849,02422.6
 Punta Gorda, FL159,97897-2.845,1121.5
 Tyler, TX209,71495-2.846,61517.3
 Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC556,87788-2.945,16214.5
 Panama City-Lynn Haven, FL168,852NA-3.048,22512.2
 Syracuse, NY662,577NA-3.051,60616.6
 Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH287,70292-3.037,53714.7
 Springfield, MA692,942NA-3.051,75115.5
 Lancaster, PA519,445NA-3.055,81615.2
 Utica-Rome, NY299,397103-3.147,06013.1
 New Haven-Milford, CT862,477129-3.162,49714.0
 Salem, OR390,738NA-3.347,57417.2
 Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 138,02899-3.346,36310.8
 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT916,829146-3.382,55817.8
 Fairbanks, AK97,581135-3.368,92218.6
 Lewiston-Auburn, ME107,702NA-3.345,69914.9
 Evansville, IN-KY358,67693-3.547,29414.8
 Pocatello, ID90,656NA-3.645,08013.4
 Colorado Springs, CO645,61395-3.757,11114.9
 Napa, CA136,484NA-3.868,64125.0
 Springfield, MO436,71287-3.843,04213.4
 Anderson, SC187,12690-3.842,85415.3
 Bellingham, WA201,140110-4.051,38919.0
 Montgomery, AL374,53697-4.147,14617.8
 Tallahassee, FL367,413101-4.145,01112.7
 Monroe, LA176,44198-4.139,49015.5
 Flagstaff, AZ134,421112-4.149,61521.8
 Wilmington, NC362,31599-4.146,86820.1
 Bangor, ME153,923NA-4.243,60113.9
 Bend, OR157,733NA-4.352,96214.2
 Spartanburg, SC284,307NA-4.443,5639.5
 Michigan City-La Porte, IN111,467NA-4.446,93411.9
 Longview-Kelso, WA102,410NA-4.446,46113.0
 Tuscaloosa, AL219,461NA-4.541,36818.6
 Brunswick, GA112,370NA-4.646,19921.9
 Cumberland, MD-WV103,299NA-4.637,80417.6
 Terre Haute, IN172,425NA-4.742,17011.5
 Trenton-Ewing, NJ366,513NA-4.773,88317.6
 Binghamton, NY251,725NA-4.847,39819.3
 Fond du Lac, WI101,633NA-4.852,71713.9
 Hot Springs, AR96,02496-4.838,21017.3
 Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL379,69097-4.949,60514.5
 Altoona, PA127,089NA-4.943,24312.9
 Kankakee-Bradley, IL113,44997-5.049,26616.4
 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL543,376NA-5.050,06819.7
 Fresno, CA930,450106-5.146,90311.2
 Akron, OH703,200101-5.149,48511.1
 Greensboro-High Point, NC723,801NA-5.143,91513.9
 Kingston, NY182,493NA-5.158,80812.3
 Wichita Falls, TX151,30687-5.145,88214.6
 Chattanooga, TN-GA528,14392-5.244,16416.0
 Boise City-Nampa, ID616,56192-5.250,8998.3
 Lewiston, ID-WA60,888NA-5.243,5207.9
 Roanoke, VA308,70791-5.231,63513.7
 Fort Smith, AR-OK298,592NA-5.439,34415.4
 Barnstable Town, MA215,888NA-5.460,52513.3
 Peoria, IL379,186100-5.453,21916.6
 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA423,895NA-5.461,89616.5
 Albany, GA157,30891-5.436,61316.4
 Grand Forks, ND-MN98,461NA-5.546,95118.0
 Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV269,14094-5.651,72919.1
 Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL494,59396-5.744,16913.4
 Fort Wayne, IN416,25793-5.849,80810.5
 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI774,16094-5.850,18710.3
 Winston-Salem, NC477,71789-5.945,84713.4
 Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH162,056NA-5.942,39515.3
 Ames, IA89,54299-5.949,73311.8
 Macon, GA232,293NA-5.939,88812.8
 Wausau, WI134,06394-6.054,31611.1
 Winchester, VA-WV128,472104-6.252,16416.0
 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
 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA823,318NA-6.476,72813.2
 Tucson, AZ980,26395-6.446,34117.6
 Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL448,991NA-6.548,07512.3
 Gadsden, AL104,430NA-6.637,77215.6
 Decatur, AL153,82991-6.844,20720.2
 Niles-Benton Harbor, MI156,813NA-6.842,48810.6
 Sandusky, OH77,079NA-6.947,4665.2
 Port St. Lucie-Fort Pierce, FL424,107NA-7.147,30610.6
 Anderson, IN131,636NA-7.144,0357.9
 Racine, WI195,408NA-7.554,3567.5
 Canton-Massillon, OH404,422NA-7.545,17111.6
 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL602,095NA-7.544,39812.5
 Lawrence, KS110,826NA-7.647,0639.9
 Cleveland, TN115,78891-7.739,96418.4
 Monroe, MI152,021NA-7.855,8263.8
 Eugene-Springfield, OR351,715NA-7.942,62116.1
 Stockton, CA685,306NA-7.953,76414.7
 Dover, DE162,310105-8.154,7838.5
 South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI319,22491-8.245,22614.1
 Pine Bluff, AR100,258NA-8.337,15816.8
 Battle Creek, MI136,146NA-8.542,28711.7
 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA565,77389-8.641,9317.8
 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA262,382NA-8.666,03013.3
 Reno-Sparks, NV425,41790-8.655,86015.6
 Sheboygan, WI115,507NA-8.652,99310.2
 Dayton, OH841,50293-8.847,86411.5
 Rocky Mount, NC152,392NA-8.840,66714.0
 Holland-Grand Haven, MI263,801NA-8.955,6613.4
 Atlantic City, NJ274,549NA-8.955,22214.8
 Goldsboro, NC122,623NA-9.041,751-0.4
 Rockford, IL349,43193-9.049,72412.2
 Anniston-Oxford, AL118,57291-9.239,46713.4
 Kalamazoo-Portage, MI326,58988-9.245,6798.0
 Naples-Marco Island, FL321,520NA-9.356,87612.8
 Yuma, AZ195,751105-9.341,44121.0
 Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI172,188NA-9.440,2988.0
 Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI200,169NA-9.643,2586.9
 Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin, FL180,822NA-9.754,14018.1
 Jackson, MI160,248NA-9.747,1693.9
 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA483,878NA-9.764,34310.8
 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA413,344NA-9.869,91417.4
 St. George, UT138,11591-9.850,30712.4
 Morristown, TN136,60893-9.837,38014.2
 Valdosta, GA139,58897-9.838,67814.5
 Missoula, MT109,299NA-9.843,89516.3
 Medford, OR203,206NA-9.943,38617.2
 Ocean City, NJ97,265NA-10.155,3159.1
 Modesto, CA514,453NA-10.150,67115.4
 Chico, CA220,000NA-10.442,97117.8
 Bay City, MI107,771NA-10.645,9622.0
 Yuba City-Marysville, CA166,892NA-11.448,85715.0
 Toledo, OH651,429NA-11.445,4958.7
 Ocala, FL331,298NA-11.540,10315.6
 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL618,75498-11.749,44412.5
 Pittsfield, MA131,219NA-11.748,7055.6
 Madera, CA150,865NA-12.247,72428.4
 Danville, VA106,56193-12.536,10220.5
 Mansfield, OH124,475NA-12.843,0988.6
 Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH124,454NA-13.339,58111.6
 Redding, CA177,223NA-13.444,05813.4
 Sumter, SC107,45693-13.640,54216.3
 Janesville, WI160,33194-14.050,5327.5
 Lima, OH106,33195-14.143,32311.2
 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA269,637NA-14.258,63018.6
 Muncie, IN117,67190-14.338,73015.1
 Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, NC365,497NA-14.440,51913.2
 Rome, GA96,317NA-15.043,12917.4
 Prescott, AZ211,03397-16.144,08417.8
 Dalton, GA142,22792-16.240,67710.8
 Flint, MI425,790NA-17.043,418-0.5
 Carson City, NV55,274NA-17.654,23511.7
 Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, FL702,281100-17.948,74516.4
 Kokomo, IN98,688NA-19.046,295-0.4
 Elkhart-Goshen, IN197,55992-20.647,3088.1

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