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
 Carson City, NV55,274NA-17.6%$54,23511.7%
 Lewiston, ID-WA60,888NA-5.243,5207.9
 Casper, WY75,450NA1.653,51927.9
 Columbus, IN76,794NA6.953,69219.8
 Sandusky, OH77,079NA-6.947,4665.2
 Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA77,917NA34.043,44319.8
 Great Falls, MT81,327NA3.644,07416.6
 Danville, IL81,625939.840,46317.8
 Corvallis, OR85,579NA9.347,7167.9
 Elmira, NY88,830NA-0.946,58936.7
 Ames, IA89,54299-5.949,73311.8
 Pocatello, ID90,656NA-3.645,08013.4
 Cheyenne, WY91,738959.454,15624.9
Dubuque, IA93,653NA-0.949,66322.7
 Hot Springs, AR96,02496-4.838,21017.3
 Rome, GA96,317NA-15.043,12917.4
 Ocean City, NJ97,265NA-10.155,3159.1
 Fairbanks, AK97,581135-3.368,92218.6
 Grand Forks, ND-MN98,461NA-5.546,95118.0
 Kokomo, IN98,688NA-19.046,295-0.4
 Pine Bluff, AR100,258NA-8.337,15816.8
Ithaca, NY101,56410333.449,78922.8
 Fond du Lac, WI101,633NA-4.852,71713.9
 Longview-Kelso, WA102,410NA-4.446,46113.0
 Cumberland, MD-WV103,299NA-4.637,80417.6
 Gadsden, AL104,430NA-6.637,77215.6
 Lima, OH106,33195-14.143,32311.2
 Danville, VA106,56193-12.536,10220.5
 Sumter, SC107,45693-13.640,54216.3
 Lewiston-Auburn, ME107,702NA-3.345,69914.9
 Bay City, MI107,771NA-10.645,9622.0
 Bismarck, ND108,779NA9.355,93319.3
 Missoula, MT109,299NA-9.843,89516.3
 Decatur, IL110,76889-0.145,98717.6
 Lawrence, KS110,826NA-7.647,0639.9
 Wenatchee, WA110,884NA-2.749,5732.7
 Michigan City-La Porte, IN111,467NA-4.446,93411.9
 San Angelo, TX111,8239012.943,49817.7
 Brunswick, GA112,370NA-4.646,19921.9
 Kankakee-Bradley, IL113,44997-5.049,26616.4
 Owensboro, KY114,752NA-1.744,51811.3
 Victoria, TX115,384NA0.048,53117.0
 Jackson, TN115,425944.840,57317.7
 Sheboygan, WI115,507NA-8.652,99310.2
 Cleveland, TN115,78891-7.739,96418.4
 Williamsport, PA116,111991.343,7888.0
 Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA116,901NA-6.355,55515.4
 Muncie, IN117,67190-14.338,73015.1
 Anniston-Oxford, AL118,57291-9.239,46713.4
 Elizabethtown, KY119,736NA5.447,31022.6
 Sherman-Denison, TX120,87787-2.046,99317.3
 Jonesboro, AR121,02687-1.738,06319.1
 Goldsboro, NC122,623NA-9.041,751-0.4
 Lawton, OK124,0989615.445,94736.8
 Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH124,454NA-13.339,58111.6
 Mansfield, OH124,475NA-12.843,0988.6
 Salisbury, MD125,203NA-2.149,66819.7
 Harrisonburg, VA125,228990.147,22215.4
 Logan, UT-ID125,442NA9.548,00216.9
 Bowling Green, KY125,953NA2.942,16219.8
 Rapid City, SD126,382NA1.048,15516.2
 Altoona, PA127,089NA-4.943,24312.9
 St. Joseph, MO-KS127,329NA6.845,05120.8
 Winchester, VA-WV128,472104-6.252,16416.0
 Glens Falls, NY128,923NA2.451,89416.6
Morgantown, WV129,70910317.542,10017.2
 Farmington, NM130,044NA-2.849,02422.6
 Idaho Falls, ID130,374822.451,72914.0
 Pittsfield, MA131,219NA-11.748,7055.6
 Anderson, IN131,636NA-7.144,0357.9
 Lebanon, PA133,568NA3.253,47417.5
 La Crosse, WI-MN133,665NA-0.850,83615.6
 Wausau, WI134,06394-6.054,31611.1
 Flagstaff, AZ134,421112-4.149,61521.8
 Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR136,02795-0.542,22919.0
 Battle Creek, MI136,146NA-8.542,28711.7
 Napa, CA136,484NA-3.868,64125.0
 Morristown, TN136,60893-9.837,38014.2
 Midland, TX136,87210022.757,80736.5
 Odessa, TX137,1309721.650,05625.9
 Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 138,02899-3.346,36310.8
 St. George, UT138,11591-9.850,30712.4
 Springfield, OH138,333NA-0.744,03713.3
 Coeur d'Alene, ID138,494NA3.348,07512.1
 Valdosta, GA139,58897-9.838,67814.5
 Warner Robins, GA139,900NA5.955,73814.1
 Auburn-Opelika, AL140,247936.142,32027.5
 Dalton, GA142,22792-16.240,67710.8
 Hattiesburg, MS142,84295-2.240,42712.5
 Sioux City, IA-NE-SD143,577NA-2.147,34812.4
 Johnstown, PA143,67998-2.241,20219.9
Santa Fe, NM144,170NA3.253,69828.6
 Dothan, AL145,639892.540,07125.4
 Grand Junction, CO146,723942.052,98616.0
 Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL147,13793-0.939,92716.7
 Wheeling, WV-OH147,950NA-1.439,5168.7
 Jefferson City, MO149,80790-0.452,65914.4
 Madera, CA150,865NA-12.247,72428.4
 Burlington, NC151,13194-2.544,43017.1
 Wichita Falls, TX151,30687-5.145,88214.6
 Monroe, MI152,021NA-7.855,8263.8
 Rocky Mount, NC152,392NA-8.840,66714.0
 Iowa City, IA152,586NA7.953,3225.6
 Hanford-Corcoran, CA152,982NA12.648,83827.2
 Decatur, AL153,82991-6.844,20720.2
 Alexandria, LA153,922997.240,40222.1
 Bangor, ME153,923NA-4.243,60113.9
 State College, PA153,990NA17.748,2627.7
 Niles-Benton Harbor, MI156,813NA-6.842,48810.6
 Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ156,898NA-1.152,00418.3
 Albany, GA157,30891-5.436,61316.4
 Bend, OR157,733NA-4.352,96214.2
Billings, MT158,050NA1.549,95215.5
 Pueblo, CO159,063833.841,27313.5
 Punta Gorda, FL159,97897-2.845,1121.5
 Jackson, MI160,248NA-9.747,1693.9
 Janesville, WI160,33194-14.050,5327.5
 Eau Claire, WI161,15190-2.348,25511.0
 Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH162,056NA-5.942,39515.3
 Pascagoula, MS162,246NA26.148,96813.3
 Dover, DE162,310105-8.154,7838.5
 Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA162,9589410.542,46824.3
 Abilene, TX165,252NA1.742,64424.0
 Yuba City-Marysville, CA166,892NA-11.448,85715.0
 Oshkosh-Neenah, WI166,994NA1.451,5969.7
 Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA167,819920.247,13819.6
 Panama City-Lynn Haven, FL168,852NA-3.048,22512.2
 Bloomington-Normal, IL169,572NA3.959,41015.4
 Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI172,188NA-9.440,2988.0
 Terre Haute, IN172,425NA-4.742,17011.5
 Columbia, MO172,7869410.747,11817.3
 El Centro, CA174,528NA-0.939,40219.1
 Joplin, MO175,51889-2.640,26018.7
 Monroe, LA176,44198-4.139,49015.5
 Redding, CA177,223NA-13.444,05813.4
 Jacksonville, NC177,7729723.945,45725.9
 Gainesville, GA179,684NA1.652,05015.9
 Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin, FL180,822NA-9.754,14018.1
 Kingston, NY182,493NA-5.158,80812.3
 Rochester, MN186,011NA33.364,45339.8
 Anderson, SC187,12690-3.842,85415.3
 St. Cloud, MN189,09395-2.452,62513.6
 Greenville, NC189,510970.739,93717.1
 Athens-Clarke County, GA192,541NA-1.640,9519.7
 Bloomington, IN192,7149013.940,49021.6
 Racine, WI195,408NA-7.554,3567.5
 Yuma, AZ195,751105-9.341,44121.0
 Elkhart-Goshen, IN197,55992-20.647,3088.1
 Johnson City, TN198,716NA2.238,00218.0
 Lake Charles, LA199,607995.544,23214.7
 Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI200,169NA-9.643,2586.9
 Bellingham, WA201,140110-4.051,38919.0
 Charlottesville, VA201,5591051.858,0269.4
 Lafayette, IN201,7899313.744,42213.3
 Medford, OR203,206NA-9.943,38617.2
 Florence, SC205,566NA-6.340,56516.4
 Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA208,178NA0.648,74017.6
 Fargo, ND-MN208,777947.650,09114.3
 Las Cruces, NM209,233NA3.637,22322.7
 Tyler, TX209,71495-2.846,61517.3
 Springfield, IL210,170930.153,68217.1
 Prescott, AZ211,03397-16.144,08417.8
Burlington-South Burlington, VT211,2611232.960,55224.0
 Longview, TX214,369NA7.345,43620.8
 Barnstable Town, MA215,888NA-5.460,52513.3
 Tuscaloosa, AL219,461NA-4.541,36818.6
 Chico, CA220,000NA-10.442,97117.8
 Appleton, WI225,666NA0.158,3898.6
 Sioux Falls, SD228,261NA5.855,75415.3
Bryan-College Station, TX228,660NA19.737,89959.7
 Champaign-Urbana, IL231,8919613.546,15239.0
 Macon, GA232,293NA-5.939,88812.8
 Topeka, KS233,870930.249,6349.9
 Waco, TX234,906892.141,65618.4
 Yakima, WA243,23195-1.244,41914.5
 Gulfport-Biloxi, MS248,820NA8.444,17011.8
 Amarillo, TX249,881939.647,23423.2
 Laredo, TX250,304NA5.537,8687.0
 Bremerton-Silverdale, WA251,133NA0.861,11221.5
 Binghamton, NY251,725NA-4.847,39819.3
 Olympia, WA252,2641040.263,12914.5
 Lynchburg, VA252,634910.445,51214.5
 Greeley, CO252,825NA2.255,82514.0
 Kennewick-Richland-Pasco, WA253,3409517.256,40714.1
 Merced, CA255,793NA3.243,94513.3
 Cedar Rapids, IA257,940943.055,19616.4
 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA262,382NA-8.666,03013.3
 Holland-Grand Haven, MI263,801NA-8.955,6613.4
 Gainesville, FL264,2751010.641,19821.1
 Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV269,14094-5.651,72919.1
 Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC269,29195-2.442,87711.5
 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA269,637NA-14.258,63018.6
 Lafayette, LA273,738980.547,30910.5
 Clarksville, TN-KY273,949NA0.245,30517.5
 Norwich-New London, CT274,055NA0.967,01016.3
 Atlantic City, NJ274,549NA-8.955,22214.8
 Duluth, MN-WI279,771NA-2.246,13311.3
 Erie, PA280,56698-1.844,50313.4
 Spartanburg, SC284,307NA-4.443,5639.5
 Lubbock, TX284,890872.043,7844.1
 Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH287,70292-3.037,53714.7
 Boulder, CO294,567NA-0.666,47910.4
 Columbus, GA-AL294,865NA-0.541,68020.0
 Fort Smith, AR-OK298,592NA-5.439,34415.4
 Utica-Rome, NY299,397103-3.147,06013.1
 Fort Collins-Loveland, CO299,630NA0.357,2156.9
 Lincoln, NE302,15791-0.151,41912.6
 Charleston, WV304,284NA1.444,14015.0
 Green Bay, WI306,24196-0.352,94411.3
 Roanoke, VA308,70791-5.231,63513.7
 Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA309,544NA-2.538,93120.2
 South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI319,22491-8.245,22614.1
 Naples-Marco Island, FL321,520NA-9.356,87612.8
 Kalamazoo-Portage, MI326,58988-9.245,6798.0
 Ocala, FL331,298NA-11.540,10315.6
 Ann Arbor, MI344,791104-0.659,7376.5
 Savannah, GA347,61194-2.649,03317.8
 Rockford, IL349,43193-9.049,72412.2
 Eugene-Springfield, OR351,715NA-7.942,62116.1
 Evansville, IN-KY358,67693-3.547,29414.8
 Wilmington, NC362,31599-4.146,86820.1
 Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, NC365,497NA-14.440,51913.2
 Fayetteville, NC366,383NA3.245,01617.9
 Trenton-Ewing, NJ366,513NA-4.773,88317.6
 Tallahassee, FL367,413101-4.145,01112.7
 Montgomery, AL374,53697-4.147,14617.8
 Peoria, IL379,186100-5.453,21916.6
 Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL379,69097-4.949,60514.5
Anchorage, AK380,8211279.474,27116.8
 Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX388,745950.345,62222.0
 Salem, OR390,738NA-3.347,57417.2
 Shreveport-Bossier City, LA398,604NA-0.242,39816.2
 Manchester-Nashua, NH400,7211211.070,59116.7
 Canton-Massillon, OH404,422NA-7.545,17111.6
 Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX405,3008711.449,30020.6
 Brownsville-Harlingen, TX406,220896.032,15623.2
 Reading, PA411,442NA-0.554,82318.3
 Mobile, AL412,99293-1.642,18719.1
 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA413,344NA-9.869,91417.4
 Salinas, CA415,057NA-2.759,73714.7
 Fort Wayne, IN416,25793-5.849,80810.5
 Huntsville, AL417,593932.054,73319.5
 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA423,895NA-5.461,89616.5
 Port St. Lucie-Fort Pierce, FL424,107NA-7.147,30610.6
 Asheville, NC424,8581040.044,51213.9
 Reno-Sparks, NV425,41790-8.655,86015.6
 Flint, MI425,790NA-17.043,418-0.5
 Corpus Christi, TX428,185932.645,19917.6
 York-Hanover, PA434,972101-2.058,58619.6
 Springfield, MO436,71287-3.843,04213.4
 Visalia-Porterville, CA442,179NA-1.543,55019.0
 Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL448,991NA-6.548,07512.3
 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO463,2048615.246,13121.3
 Lansing-East Lansing, MI464,036NA-6.350,1687.2
 Spokane, WA471,22194-2.349,25719.0
 Lexington-Fayette, KY472,09991-1.249,2269.9
 Winston-Salem, NC477,71789-5.945,84713.4
 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA483,878NA-9.764,34310.8
 Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL494,59396-5.744,16913.4
 Durham, NC504,357923.051,63219.4
 Portland-South Portland, ME514,098110-0.856,96112.3
 Modesto, CA514,453NA-10.150,67115.4
 Lancaster, PA519,445NA-3.055,81615.2
 Provo-Orem, UT526,810NA4.159,10415.3
 Chattanooga, TN-GA528,14392-5.244,16416.0
 Jackson, MS539,05789-0.146,18214.2
 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL543,376NA-5.050,06819.7
 Ogden-Clearfield, UT547,184901.462,34012.9
 Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA549,475104-1.956,82116.2
 Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC556,87788-2.945,16214.5
 Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA563,631NA-1.444,31915.5
 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA565,77389-8.641,9317.8
 Madison, WI568,5931070.761,16315.3
 Des Moines, IA569,633911.559,38115.1
 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL602,095NA-7.544,39812.5
 Boise City-Nampa, ID616,56192-5.250,8998.3
 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL618,75498-11.749,44412.5
 Wichita, KS623,06191-2.650,12213.4
 Greenville, SC636,986902.345,88814.7
 Colorado Springs, CO645,61395-3.757,11114.9
 Toledo, OH651,429NA-11.445,4958.7
 Syracuse, NY662,577NA-3.051,60616.6
 Charleston-North Charleston, SC664,6071002.851,33219.1
 Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY670,301NA0.370,69416.3
 Stockton, CA685,306NA-7.953,76414.7
 Springfield, MA692,942NA-3.051,75115.5
 Knoxville, TN698,030890.146,66617.9
Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR699,757991.747,73117.5
 Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, FL702,281100-17.948,74516.4
 Akron, OH703,200101-5.149,48511.1
 Greensboro-High Point, NC723,801NA-5.143,91513.9
Columbia, SC768,82197-1.048,76617.5
 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI774,16094-5.850,18710.3
 McAllen-Edinburg-Pharr, TX774,7699010.732,47923.3
 Worcester, MA798,552106-1.565,77216.3
 El Paso, TX800,647927.438,25914.7
 Baton Rouge, LA802,484900.550,14615.3
 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ821,173NA0.158,05416.3
 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA823,318NA-6.476,72813.2
 Bakersfield, CA839,63110310.248,02118.4
 Dayton, OH841,50293-8.847,86411.5
 New Haven-Milford, CT862,477129-3.162,49714.0
 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA865,350881.256,34613.4
 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY870,716108-1.859,33915.1
 Albuquerque, NM887,07792-2.548,66323.3
 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT916,829146-3.382,55817.8
 Fresno, CA930,450106-5.146,90311.2
 Tulsa, OK937,47889-1.247,76016.6
 Honolulu, HI953,207171-0.271,26315.3
 Tucson, AZ980,26395-6.446,34117.6

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