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
 Yuma, AZ195,751105-9.3%$41,44121.0%
 Yuba City-Marysville, CA166,892NA-11.448,85715.0
 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA565,77389-8.641,9317.8
 York-Hanover, PA434,972101-2.058,58619.6
 Yakima, WA243,23195-1.244,41914.5
 Worcester, MA798,552106-1.565,77216.3
 Winston-Salem, NC477,71789-5.945,84713.4
 Winchester, VA-WV128,472104-6.252,16416.0
 Wilmington, NC362,31599-4.146,86820.1
 Williamsport, PA116,111991.343,7888.0
 Wichita, KS623,06191-2.650,12213.4
 Wichita Falls, TX151,30687-5.145,88214.6
 Wheeling, WV-OH147,950NA-1.439,5168.7
 Wenatchee, WA110,884NA-2.749,5732.7
 Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH124,454NA-13.339,58111.6
 Wausau, WI134,06394-6.054,31611.1
 Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA167,819920.247,13819.6
 Warner Robins, GA139,900NA5.955,73814.1
 Waco, TX234,906892.141,65618.4
 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
 Valdosta, GA139,58897-9.838,67814.5
 Utica-Rome, NY299,397103-3.147,06013.1
 Tyler, TX209,71495-2.846,61517.3
 Tuscaloosa, AL219,461NA-4.541,36818.6
 Tulsa, OK937,47889-1.247,76016.6
 Tucson, AZ980,26395-6.446,34117.6
 Trenton-Ewing, NJ366,513NA-4.773,88317.6
 Topeka, KS233,870930.249,6349.9
 Toledo, OH651,429NA-11.445,4958.7
 Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR136,02795-0.542,22919.0
 Terre Haute, IN172,425NA-4.742,17011.5
 Tallahassee, FL367,413101-4.145,01112.7
 Syracuse, NY662,577NA-3.051,60616.6
 Sumter, SC107,45693-13.640,54216.3
 Stockton, CA685,306NA-7.953,76414.7
 State College, PA153,990NA17.748,2627.7
 St. Joseph, MO-KS127,329NA6.845,05120.8
 St. George, UT138,11591-9.850,30712.4
 St. Cloud, MN189,09395-2.452,62513.6
 Springfield, OH138,333NA-0.744,03713.3
 Springfield, MO436,71287-3.843,04213.4
 Springfield, MA692,942NA-3.051,75115.5
 Springfield, IL210,170930.153,68217.1
 Spokane, WA471,22194-2.349,25719.0
 Spartanburg, SC284,307NA-4.443,5639.5
 South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI319,22491-8.245,22614.1
 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
 Sherman-Denison, TX120,87787-2.046,99317.3
 Sheboygan, WI115,507NA-8.652,99310.2
 Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 138,02899-3.346,36310.8
 Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA563,631NA-1.444,31915.5
 Savannah, GA347,61194-2.649,03317.8
 Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, FL702,281100-17.948,74516.4
 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
 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
 San Angelo, TX111,8239012.943,49817.7
 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
 Rockford, IL349,43193-9.049,72412.2
 Rochester, MN186,011NA33.364,45339.8
 Roanoke, VA308,70791-5.231,63513.7
 Reno-Sparks, NV425,41790-8.655,86015.6
 Redding, CA177,223NA-13.444,05813.4
 Reading, PA411,442NA-0.554,82318.3
 Rapid City, SD126,382NA1.048,15516.2
 Racine, WI195,408NA-7.554,3567.5
 Punta Gorda, FL159,97897-2.845,1121.5
 Pueblo, CO159,063833.841,27313.5
 Provo-Orem, UT526,810NA4.159,10415.3
 Prescott, AZ211,03397-16.144,08417.8
 Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY670,301NA0.370,69416.3
 Portland-South Portland, ME514,098110-0.856,96112.3
 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
 Peoria, IL379,186100-5.453,21916.6
 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
 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
 Oshkosh-Neenah, WI166,994NA1.451,5969.7
 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA865,350881.256,34613.4
 Olympia, WA252,2641040.263,12914.5
 Ogden-Clearfield, UT547,184901.462,34012.9
 Odessa, TX137,1309721.650,05625.9
 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
 New Haven-Milford, CT862,477129-3.162,49714.0
 Naples-Marco Island, FL321,520NA-9.356,87612.8
 Napa, CA136,484NA-3.868,64125.0
 Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC269,29195-2.442,87711.5
 Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI172,188NA-9.440,2988.0
 Muncie, IN117,67190-14.338,73015.1
 Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA116,901NA-6.355,55515.4
 Morristown, TN136,60893-9.837,38014.2
Morgantown, WV129,70910317.542,10017.2
 Montgomery, AL374,53697-4.147,14617.8
 Monroe, MI152,021NA-7.855,8263.8
 Monroe, LA176,44198-4.139,49015.5
 Modesto, CA514,453NA-10.150,67115.4
 Mobile, AL412,99293-1.642,18719.1
 Missoula, MT109,299NA-9.843,89516.3
 Midland, TX136,87210022.757,80736.5
 Michigan City-La Porte, IN111,467NA-4.446,93411.9
 Merced, CA255,793NA3.243,94513.3
 Medford, OR203,206NA-9.943,38617.2
 McAllen-Edinburg-Pharr, TX774,7699010.732,47923.3
 Mansfield, OH124,475NA-12.843,0988.6
 Manchester-Nashua, NH400,7211211.070,59116.7
 Madison, WI568,5931070.761,16315.3
 Madera, CA150,865NA-12.247,72428.4
 Macon, GA232,293NA-5.939,88812.8
 Lynchburg, VA252,634910.445,51214.5
 Lubbock, TX284,890872.043,7844.1
 Longview-Kelso, WA102,410NA-4.446,46113.0
 Longview, TX214,369NA7.345,43620.8
 Logan, UT-ID125,442NA9.548,00216.9
Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR699,757991.747,73117.5
 Lincoln, NE302,15791-0.151,41912.6
 Lima, OH106,33195-14.143,32311.2
 Lexington-Fayette, KY472,09991-1.249,2269.9
 Lewiston-Auburn, ME107,702NA-3.345,69914.9
 Lewiston, ID-WA60,888NA-5.243,5207.9
 Lebanon, PA133,568NA3.253,47417.5
 Lawton, OK124,0989615.445,94736.8
 Lawrence, KS110,826NA-7.647,0639.9
 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
 Lake Charles, LA199,607995.544,23214.7
 Lafayette, LA273,738980.547,30910.5
 Lafayette, IN201,7899313.744,42213.3
 La Crosse, WI-MN133,665NA-0.850,83615.6
 Kokomo, IN98,688NA-19.046,295-0.4
 Knoxville, TN698,030890.146,66617.9
 Kingston, NY182,493NA-5.158,80812.3
 Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA309,544NA-2.538,93120.2
 Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX405,3008711.449,30020.6
 Kennewick-Richland-Pasco, WA253,3409517.256,40714.1
 Kankakee-Bradley, IL113,44997-5.049,26616.4
 Kalamazoo-Portage, MI326,58988-9.245,6798.0
 Joplin, MO175,51889-2.640,26018.7
 Jonesboro, AR121,02687-1.738,06319.1
 Johnstown, PA143,67998-2.241,20219.9
 Johnson City, TN198,716NA2.238,00218.0
 Jefferson City, MO149,80790-0.452,65914.4
 Janesville, WI160,33194-14.050,5327.5
 Jacksonville, NC177,7729723.945,45725.9
 Jackson, TN115,425944.840,57317.7
 Jackson, MS539,05789-0.146,18214.2
 Jackson, MI160,248NA-9.747,1693.9
Ithaca, NY101,56410333.449,78922.8
 Iowa City, IA152,586NA7.953,3225.6
 Idaho Falls, ID130,374822.451,72914.0
 Huntsville, AL417,593932.054,73319.5
 Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH287,70292-3.037,53714.7
 Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA208,178NA0.648,74017.6
 Hot Springs, AR96,02496-4.838,21017.3
 Honolulu, HI953,207171-0.271,26315.3
 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
 Hattiesburg, MS142,84295-2.240,42712.5
 Harrisonburg, VA125,228990.147,22215.4
 Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA549,475104-1.956,82116.2
 Hanford-Corcoran, CA152,982NA12.648,83827.2
 Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV269,14094-5.651,72919.1
 Gulfport-Biloxi, MS248,820NA8.444,17011.8
 Greenville, SC636,986902.345,88814.7
 Greenville, NC189,510970.739,93717.1
 Greensboro-High Point, NC723,801NA-5.143,91513.9
 Green Bay, WI306,24196-0.352,94411.3
 Greeley, CO252,825NA2.255,82514.0
 Great Falls, MT81,327NA3.644,07416.6
 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI774,16094-5.850,18710.3
 Grand Junction, CO146,723942.052,98616.0
 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
 Gainesville, FL264,2751010.641,19821.1
 Gadsden, AL104,430NA-6.637,77215.6
 Fresno, CA930,450106-5.146,90311.2
 Fort Wayne, IN416,25793-5.849,80810.5
 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-Muscle Shoals, AL147,13793-0.939,92716.7
 Florence, SC205,566NA-6.340,56516.4
 Flint, MI425,790NA-17.043,418-0.5
 Flagstaff, AZ134,421112-4.149,61521.8
 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO463,2048615.246,13121.3
 Fayetteville, NC366,383NA3.245,01617.9
 Farmington, NM130,044NA-2.849,02422.6
 Fargo, ND-MN208,777947.650,09114.3
 Fairbanks, AK97,581135-3.368,92218.6
 Evansville, IN-KY358,67693-3.547,29414.8
 Eugene-Springfield, OR351,715NA-7.942,62116.1
 Erie, PA280,56698-1.844,50313.4
 Elmira, NY88,830NA-0.946,58936.7
 Elkhart-Goshen, IN197,55992-20.647,3088.1
 Elizabethtown, KY119,736NA5.447,31022.6
 El Paso, TX800,647927.438,25914.7
 El Centro, CA174,528NA-0.939,40219.1
 Eau Claire, WI161,15190-2.348,25511.0
 Durham, NC504,357923.051,63219.4
 Duluth, MN-WI279,771NA-2.246,13311.3
Dubuque, IA93,653NA-0.949,66322.7
 Dover, DE162,310105-8.154,7838.5
 Dothan, AL145,639892.540,07125.4
 Des Moines, IA569,633911.559,38115.1
 Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL494,59396-5.744,16913.4
 Decatur, IL110,76889-0.145,98717.6
 Decatur, AL153,82991-6.844,20720.2
 Dayton, OH841,50293-8.847,86411.5
 Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL379,69097-4.949,60514.5
 Danville, VA106,56193-12.536,10220.5
 Danville, IL81,625939.840,46317.8
 Dalton, GA142,22792-16.240,67710.8
 Cumberland, MD-WV103,299NA-4.637,80417.6
 Corvallis, OR85,579NA9.347,7167.9
 Corpus Christi, TX428,185932.645,19917.6
 Columbus, IN76,794NA6.953,69219.8
 Columbus, GA-AL294,865NA-0.541,68020.0
Columbia, SC768,82197-1.048,76617.5
 Columbia, MO172,7869410.747,11817.3
 Colorado Springs, CO645,61395-3.757,11114.9
 Coeur d'Alene, ID138,494NA3.348,07512.1
 Cleveland, TN115,78891-7.739,96418.4
 Clarksville, TN-KY273,949NA0.245,30517.5
 Chico, CA220,000NA-10.442,97117.8
 Cheyenne, WY91,738959.454,15624.9
 Chattanooga, TN-GA528,14392-5.244,16416.0
 Charlottesville, VA201,5591051.858,0269.4
 Charleston-North Charleston, SC664,6071002.851,33219.1
 Charleston, WV304,284NA1.444,14015.0
 Champaign-Urbana, IL231,8919613.546,15239.0
 Cedar Rapids, IA257,940943.055,19616.4
 Casper, WY75,450NA1.653,51927.9
 Carson City, NV55,274NA-17.654,23511.7
 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL618,75498-11.749,44412.5
 Canton-Massillon, OH404,422NA-7.545,17111.6
Burlington-South Burlington, VT211,2611232.960,55224.0
 Burlington, NC151,13194-2.544,43017.1
Bryan-College Station, TX228,660NA19.737,89959.7
 Brunswick, GA112,370NA-4.646,19921.9
 Brownsville-Harlingen, TX406,220896.032,15623.2
 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT916,829146-3.382,55817.8
 Bremerton-Silverdale, WA251,133NA0.861,11221.5
 Bowling Green, KY125,953NA2.942,16219.8
 Boulder, CO294,567NA-0.666,47910.4
 Boise City-Nampa, ID616,56192-5.250,8998.3
 Bloomington-Normal, IL169,572NA3.959,41015.4
 Bloomington, IN192,7149013.940,49021.6
 Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA162,9589410.542,46824.3
 Bismarck, ND108,779NA9.355,93319.3
 Binghamton, NY251,725NA-4.847,39819.3
Billings, MT158,050NA1.549,95215.5
 Bend, OR157,733NA-4.352,96214.2
 Bellingham, WA201,140110-4.051,38919.0
 Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX388,745950.345,62222.0
 Bay City, MI107,771NA-10.645,9622.0
 Battle Creek, MI136,146NA-8.542,28711.7
 Baton Rouge, LA802,484900.550,14615.3
 Barnstable Town, MA215,888NA-5.460,52513.3
 Bangor, ME153,923NA-4.243,60113.9
 Bakersfield, CA839,63110310.248,02118.4
 Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC556,87788-2.945,16214.5
 Auburn-Opelika, AL140,247936.142,32027.5
 Atlantic City, NJ274,549NA-8.955,22214.8
 Athens-Clarke County, GA192,541NA-1.640,9519.7
 Asheville, NC424,8581040.044,51213.9
 Appleton, WI225,666NA0.158,3898.6
 Anniston-Oxford, AL118,57291-9.239,46713.4
 Ann Arbor, MI344,791104-0.659,7376.5
 Anderson, SC187,12690-3.842,85415.3
 Anderson, IN131,636NA-7.144,0357.9
Anchorage, AK380,8211279.474,27116.8
 Ames, IA89,54299-5.949,73311.8
 Amarillo, TX249,881939.647,23423.2
 Altoona, PA127,089NA-4.943,24312.9
 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ821,173NA0.158,05416.3
 Alexandria, LA153,922997.240,40222.1
 Albuquerque, NM887,07792-2.548,66323.3
 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY870,716108-1.859,33915.1
 Albany, GA157,30891-5.436,61316.4
 Akron, OH703,200101-5.149,48511.1
 Abilene, TX165,252NA1.742,64424.0

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