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
 Tucson, AZ980,26395-6.4%$46,34117.6%
 Honolulu, HI953,207171-0.271,26315.3
 Tulsa, OK937,47889-1.247,76016.6
 Fresno, CA930,450106-5.146,90311.2
 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT916,829146-3.382,55817.8
 Albuquerque, NM887,07792-2.548,66323.3
 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY870,716108-1.859,33915.1
 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA865,350881.256,34613.4
 New Haven-Milford, CT862,477129-3.162,49714.0
 Dayton, OH841,50293-8.847,86411.5
 Bakersfield, CA839,63110310.248,02118.4
 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA823,318NA-6.476,72813.2
 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ821,173NA0.158,05416.3
 Baton Rouge, LA802,484900.550,14615.3
 El Paso, TX800,647927.438,25914.7
 Worcester, MA798,552106-1.565,77216.3
 McAllen-Edinburg-Pharr, TX774,7699010.732,47923.3
 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI774,16094-5.850,18710.3
Columbia, SC768,82197-1.048,76617.5
 Greensboro-High Point, NC723,801NA-5.143,91513.9
 Akron, OH703,200101-5.149,48511.1
 Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, FL702,281100-17.948,74516.4
Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR699,757991.747,73117.5
 Knoxville, TN698,030890.146,66617.9
 Springfield, MA692,942NA-3.051,75115.5
 Stockton, CA685,306NA-7.953,76414.7
 Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY670,301NA0.370,69416.3
 Charleston-North Charleston, SC664,6071002.851,33219.1
 Syracuse, NY662,577NA-3.051,60616.6
 Toledo, OH651,429NA-11.445,4958.7
 Colorado Springs, CO645,61395-3.757,11114.9
 Greenville, SC636,986902.345,88814.7
 Wichita, KS623,06191-2.650,12213.4
 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL618,75498-11.749,44412.5
 Boise City-Nampa, ID616,56192-5.250,8998.3
 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL602,095NA-7.544,39812.5
 Des Moines, IA569,633911.559,38115.1
 Madison, WI568,5931070.761,16315.3
 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA565,77389-8.641,9317.8
 Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA563,631NA-1.444,31915.5
 Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC556,87788-2.945,16214.5
 Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA549,475104-1.956,82116.2
 Ogden-Clearfield, UT547,184901.462,34012.9
 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL543,376NA-5.050,06819.7
 Jackson, MS539,05789-0.146,18214.2
 Chattanooga, TN-GA528,14392-5.244,16416.0
 Provo-Orem, UT526,810NA4.159,10415.3
 Lancaster, PA519,445NA-3.055,81615.2
 Modesto, CA514,453NA-10.150,67115.4
 Portland-South Portland, ME514,098110-0.856,96112.3
 Durham, NC504,357923.051,63219.4
 Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL494,59396-5.744,16913.4
 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA483,878NA-9.764,34310.8
 Winston-Salem, NC477,71789-5.945,84713.4
 Lexington-Fayette, KY472,09991-1.249,2269.9
 Spokane, WA471,22194-2.349,25719.0
 Lansing-East Lansing, MI464,036NA-6.350,1687.2
 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO463,2048615.246,13121.3
 Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL448,991NA-6.548,07512.3
 Visalia-Porterville, CA442,179NA-1.543,55019.0
 Springfield, MO436,71287-3.843,04213.4
 York-Hanover, PA434,972101-2.058,58619.6
 Corpus Christi, TX428,185932.645,19917.6
 Flint, MI425,790NA-17.043,418-0.5
 Reno-Sparks, NV425,41790-8.655,86015.6
 Asheville, NC424,8581040.044,51213.9
 Port St. Lucie-Fort Pierce, FL424,107NA-7.147,30610.6
 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA423,895NA-5.461,89616.5
 Huntsville, AL417,593932.054,73319.5
 Fort Wayne, IN416,25793-5.849,80810.5
 Salinas, CA415,057NA-2.759,73714.7
 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA413,344NA-9.869,91417.4
 Mobile, AL412,99293-1.642,18719.1
 Reading, PA411,442NA-0.554,82318.3
 Brownsville-Harlingen, TX406,220896.032,15623.2
 Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX405,3008711.449,30020.6
 Canton-Massillon, OH404,422NA-7.545,17111.6
 Manchester-Nashua, NH400,7211211.070,59116.7
 Shreveport-Bossier City, LA398,604NA-0.242,39816.2
 Salem, OR390,738NA-3.347,57417.2
 Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX388,745950.345,62222.0
Anchorage, AK380,8211279.474,27116.8
 Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL379,69097-4.949,60514.5
 Peoria, IL379,186100-5.453,21916.6
 Montgomery, AL374,53697-4.147,14617.8
 Tallahassee, FL367,413101-4.145,01112.7
 Trenton-Ewing, NJ366,513NA-4.773,88317.6
 Fayetteville, NC366,383NA3.245,01617.9
 Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, NC365,497NA-14.440,51913.2
 Wilmington, NC362,31599-4.146,86820.1
 Evansville, IN-KY358,67693-3.547,29414.8
 Eugene-Springfield, OR351,715NA-7.942,62116.1
 Rockford, IL349,43193-9.049,72412.2
 Savannah, GA347,61194-2.649,03317.8
 Ann Arbor, MI344,791104-0.659,7376.5
 Ocala, FL331,298NA-11.540,10315.6
 Kalamazoo-Portage, MI326,58988-9.245,6798.0
 Naples-Marco Island, FL321,520NA-9.356,87612.8
 South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI319,22491-8.245,22614.1
 Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA309,544NA-2.538,93120.2
 Roanoke, VA308,70791-5.231,63513.7
 Green Bay, WI306,24196-0.352,94411.3
 Charleston, WV304,284NA1.444,14015.0
 Lincoln, NE302,15791-0.151,41912.6
 Fort Collins-Loveland, CO299,630NA0.357,2156.9
 Utica-Rome, NY299,397103-3.147,06013.1
 Fort Smith, AR-OK298,592NA-5.439,34415.4
 Columbus, GA-AL294,865NA-0.541,68020.0
 Boulder, CO294,567NA-0.666,47910.4
 Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH287,70292-3.037,53714.7
 Lubbock, TX284,890872.043,7844.1
 Spartanburg, SC284,307NA-4.443,5639.5
 Erie, PA280,56698-1.844,50313.4
 Duluth, MN-WI279,771NA-2.246,13311.3
 Atlantic City, NJ274,549NA-8.955,22214.8
 Norwich-New London, CT274,055NA0.967,01016.3
 Clarksville, TN-KY273,949NA0.245,30517.5
 Lafayette, LA273,738980.547,30910.5
 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA269,637NA-14.258,63018.6
 Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC269,29195-2.442,87711.5
 Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV269,14094-5.651,72919.1
 Gainesville, FL264,2751010.641,19821.1
 Holland-Grand Haven, MI263,801NA-8.955,6613.4
 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA262,382NA-8.666,03013.3
 Cedar Rapids, IA257,940943.055,19616.4
 Merced, CA255,793NA3.243,94513.3
 Kennewick-Richland-Pasco, WA253,3409517.256,40714.1
 Greeley, CO252,825NA2.255,82514.0
 Lynchburg, VA252,634910.445,51214.5
 Olympia, WA252,2641040.263,12914.5
 Binghamton, NY251,725NA-4.847,39819.3
 Bremerton-Silverdale, WA251,133NA0.861,11221.5
 Laredo, TX250,304NA5.537,8687.0
 Amarillo, TX249,881939.647,23423.2
 Gulfport-Biloxi, MS248,820NA8.444,17011.8
 Yakima, WA243,23195-1.244,41914.5
 Waco, TX234,906892.141,65618.4
 Topeka, KS233,870930.249,6349.9
 Macon, GA232,293NA-5.939,88812.8
 Champaign-Urbana, IL231,8919613.546,15239.0
Bryan-College Station, TX228,660NA19.737,89959.7
 Sioux Falls, SD228,261NA5.855,75415.3
 Appleton, WI225,666NA0.158,3898.6
 Chico, CA220,000NA-10.442,97117.8
 Tuscaloosa, AL219,461NA-4.541,36818.6
 Barnstable Town, MA215,888NA-5.460,52513.3
 Longview, TX214,369NA7.345,43620.8
Burlington-South Burlington, VT211,2611232.960,55224.0
 Prescott, AZ211,03397-16.144,08417.8
 Springfield, IL210,170930.153,68217.1
 Tyler, TX209,71495-2.846,61517.3
 Las Cruces, NM209,233NA3.637,22322.7
 Fargo, ND-MN208,777947.650,09114.3
 Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA208,178NA0.648,74017.6
 Florence, SC205,566NA-6.340,56516.4
 Medford, OR203,206NA-9.943,38617.2
 Lafayette, IN201,7899313.744,42213.3
 Charlottesville, VA201,5591051.858,0269.4
 Bellingham, WA201,140110-4.051,38919.0
 Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI200,169NA-9.643,2586.9
 Lake Charles, LA199,607995.544,23214.7
 Johnson City, TN198,716NA2.238,00218.0
 Elkhart-Goshen, IN197,55992-20.647,3088.1
 Yuma, AZ195,751105-9.341,44121.0
 Racine, WI195,408NA-7.554,3567.5
 Bloomington, IN192,7149013.940,49021.6
 Athens-Clarke County, GA192,541NA-1.640,9519.7
 Greenville, NC189,510970.739,93717.1
 St. Cloud, MN189,09395-2.452,62513.6
 Anderson, SC187,12690-3.842,85415.3
 Rochester, MN186,011NA33.364,45339.8
 Kingston, NY182,493NA-5.158,80812.3
 Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin, FL180,822NA-9.754,14018.1
 Gainesville, GA179,684NA1.652,05015.9
 Jacksonville, NC177,7729723.945,45725.9
 Redding, CA177,223NA-13.444,05813.4
 Monroe, LA176,44198-4.139,49015.5
 Joplin, MO175,51889-2.640,26018.7
 El Centro, CA174,528NA-0.939,40219.1
 Columbia, MO172,7869410.747,11817.3
 Terre Haute, IN172,425NA-4.742,17011.5
 Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI172,188NA-9.440,2988.0
 Bloomington-Normal, IL169,572NA3.959,41015.4
 Panama City-Lynn Haven, FL168,852NA-3.048,22512.2
 Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA167,819920.247,13819.6
 Oshkosh-Neenah, WI166,994NA1.451,5969.7
 Yuba City-Marysville, CA166,892NA-11.448,85715.0
 Abilene, TX165,252NA1.742,64424.0
 Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA162,9589410.542,46824.3
 Dover, DE162,310105-8.154,7838.5
 Pascagoula, MS162,246NA26.148,96813.3
 Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH162,056NA-5.942,39515.3
 Eau Claire, WI161,15190-2.348,25511.0
 Janesville, WI160,33194-14.050,5327.5
 Jackson, MI160,248NA-9.747,1693.9
 Punta Gorda, FL159,97897-2.845,1121.5
 Pueblo, CO159,063833.841,27313.5
Billings, MT158,050NA1.549,95215.5
 Bend, OR157,733NA-4.352,96214.2
 Albany, GA157,30891-5.436,61316.4
 Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ156,898NA-1.152,00418.3
 Niles-Benton Harbor, MI156,813NA-6.842,48810.6
 State College, PA153,990NA17.748,2627.7
 Bangor, ME153,923NA-4.243,60113.9
 Alexandria, LA153,922997.240,40222.1
 Decatur, AL153,82991-6.844,20720.2
 Hanford-Corcoran, CA152,982NA12.648,83827.2
 Iowa City, IA152,586NA7.953,3225.6
 Rocky Mount, NC152,392NA-8.840,66714.0
 Monroe, MI152,021NA-7.855,8263.8
 Wichita Falls, TX151,30687-5.145,88214.6
 Burlington, NC151,13194-2.544,43017.1
 Madera, CA150,865NA-12.247,72428.4
 Jefferson City, MO149,80790-0.452,65914.4
 Wheeling, WV-OH147,950NA-1.439,5168.7
 Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL147,13793-0.939,92716.7
 Grand Junction, CO146,723942.052,98616.0
 Dothan, AL145,639892.540,07125.4
Santa Fe, NM144,170NA3.253,69828.6
 Johnstown, PA143,67998-2.241,20219.9
 Sioux City, IA-NE-SD143,577NA-2.147,34812.4
 Hattiesburg, MS142,84295-2.240,42712.5
 Dalton, GA142,22792-16.240,67710.8
 Auburn-Opelika, AL140,247936.142,32027.5
 Warner Robins, GA139,900NA5.955,73814.1
 Valdosta, GA139,58897-9.838,67814.5
 Coeur d'Alene, ID138,494NA3.348,07512.1
 Springfield, OH138,333NA-0.744,03713.3
 St. George, UT138,11591-9.850,30712.4
 Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 138,02899-3.346,36310.8
 Odessa, TX137,1309721.650,05625.9
 Midland, TX136,87210022.757,80736.5
 Morristown, TN136,60893-9.837,38014.2
 Napa, CA136,484NA-3.868,64125.0
 Battle Creek, MI136,146NA-8.542,28711.7
 Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR136,02795-0.542,22919.0
 Flagstaff, AZ134,421112-4.149,61521.8
 Wausau, WI134,06394-6.054,31611.1
 La Crosse, WI-MN133,665NA-0.850,83615.6
 Lebanon, PA133,568NA3.253,47417.5
 Anderson, IN131,636NA-7.144,0357.9
 Pittsfield, MA131,219NA-11.748,7055.6
 Idaho Falls, ID130,374822.451,72914.0
 Farmington, NM130,044NA-2.849,02422.6
Morgantown, WV129,70910317.542,10017.2
 Glens Falls, NY128,923NA2.451,89416.6
 Winchester, VA-WV128,472104-6.252,16416.0
 St. Joseph, MO-KS127,329NA6.845,05120.8
 Altoona, PA127,089NA-4.943,24312.9
 Rapid City, SD126,382NA1.048,15516.2
 Bowling Green, KY125,953NA2.942,16219.8
 Logan, UT-ID125,442NA9.548,00216.9
 Harrisonburg, VA125,228990.147,22215.4
 Salisbury, MD125,203NA-2.149,66819.7
 Mansfield, OH124,475NA-12.843,0988.6
 Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH124,454NA-13.339,58111.6
 Lawton, OK124,0989615.445,94736.8
 Goldsboro, NC122,623NA-9.041,751-0.4
 Jonesboro, AR121,02687-1.738,06319.1
 Sherman-Denison, TX120,87787-2.046,99317.3
 Elizabethtown, KY119,736NA5.447,31022.6
 Anniston-Oxford, AL118,57291-9.239,46713.4
 Muncie, IN117,67190-14.338,73015.1
 Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA116,901NA-6.355,55515.4
 Williamsport, PA116,111991.343,7888.0
 Cleveland, TN115,78891-7.739,96418.4
 Sheboygan, WI115,507NA-8.652,99310.2
 Jackson, TN115,425944.840,57317.7
 Victoria, TX115,384NA0.048,53117.0
 Owensboro, KY114,752NA-1.744,51811.3
 Kankakee-Bradley, IL113,44997-5.049,26616.4
 Brunswick, GA112,370NA-4.646,19921.9
 San Angelo, TX111,8239012.943,49817.7
 Michigan City-La Porte, IN111,467NA-4.446,93411.9
 Wenatchee, WA110,884NA-2.749,5732.7
 Lawrence, KS110,826NA-7.647,0639.9
 Decatur, IL110,76889-0.145,98717.6
 Missoula, MT109,299NA-9.843,89516.3
 Bismarck, ND108,779NA9.355,93319.3
 Bay City, MI107,771NA-10.645,9622.0
 Lewiston-Auburn, ME107,702NA-3.345,69914.9
 Sumter, SC107,45693-13.640,54216.3
 Danville, VA106,56193-12.536,10220.5
 Lima, OH106,33195-14.143,32311.2
 Gadsden, AL104,430NA-6.637,77215.6
 Cumberland, MD-WV103,299NA-4.637,80417.6
 Longview-Kelso, WA102,410NA-4.446,46113.0
 Fond du Lac, WI101,633NA-4.852,71713.9
Ithaca, NY101,56410333.449,78922.8
 Pine Bluff, AR100,258NA-8.337,15816.8
 Kokomo, IN98,688NA-19.046,295-0.4
 Grand Forks, ND-MN98,461NA-5.546,95118.0
 Fairbanks, AK97,581135-3.368,92218.6
 Ocean City, NJ97,265NA-10.155,3159.1
 Rome, GA96,317NA-15.043,12917.4
 Hot Springs, AR96,02496-4.838,21017.3
Dubuque, IA93,653NA-0.949,66322.7
 Cheyenne, WY91,738959.454,15624.9
 Pocatello, ID90,656NA-3.645,08013.4
 Ames, IA89,54299-5.949,73311.8
 Elmira, NY88,830NA-0.946,58936.7
 Corvallis, OR85,579NA9.347,7167.9
 Danville, IL81,625939.840,46317.8
 Great Falls, MT81,327NA3.644,07416.6
 Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA77,917NA34.043,44319.8
 Sandusky, OH77,079NA-6.947,4665.2
 Columbus, IN76,794NA6.953,69219.8
 Casper, WY75,450NA1.653,51927.9
 Lewiston, ID-WA60,888NA-5.243,5207.9
 Carson City, NV55,274NA-17.654,23511.7

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