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
Bryan-College Station, TX228,660NA19.7%$37,89959.7%
 Rochester, MN186,011NA33.364,45339.8
 Champaign-Urbana, IL231,8919613.546,15239.0
 Lawton, OK124,0989615.445,94736.8
 Elmira, NY88,830NA-0.946,58936.7
 Midland, TX136,87210022.757,80736.5
Santa Fe, NM144,170NA3.253,69828.6
 Madera, CA150,865NA-12.247,72428.4
 Casper, WY75,450NA1.653,51927.9
 Auburn-Opelika, AL140,247936.142,32027.5
 Hanford-Corcoran, CA152,982NA12.648,83827.2
 Jacksonville, NC177,7729723.945,45725.9
 Odessa, TX137,1309721.650,05625.9
 Dothan, AL145,639892.540,07125.4
 Napa, CA136,484NA-3.868,64125.0
 Cheyenne, WY91,738959.454,15624.9
 Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA162,9589410.542,46824.3
 Abilene, TX165,252NA1.742,64424.0
Burlington-South Burlington, VT211,2611232.960,55224.0
 Albuquerque, NM887,07792-2.548,66323.3
 McAllen-Edinburg-Pharr, TX774,7699010.732,47923.3
 Brownsville-Harlingen, TX406,220896.032,15623.2
 Amarillo, TX249,881939.647,23423.2
Ithaca, NY101,56410333.449,78922.8
Dubuque, IA93,653NA-0.949,66322.7
 Las Cruces, NM209,233NA3.637,22322.7
 Elizabethtown, KY119,736NA5.447,31022.6
 Farmington, NM130,044NA-2.849,02422.6
 Alexandria, LA153,922997.240,40222.1
 Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX388,745950.345,62222.0
 Brunswick, GA112,370NA-4.646,19921.9
 Flagstaff, AZ134,421112-4.149,61521.8
 Bloomington, IN192,7149013.940,49021.6
 Bremerton-Silverdale, WA251,133NA0.861,11221.5
 Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO463,2048615.246,13121.3
 Gainesville, FL264,2751010.641,19821.1
 Yuma, AZ195,751105-9.341,44121.0
 Longview, TX214,369NA7.345,43620.8
 St. Joseph, MO-KS127,329NA6.845,05120.8
 Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood, TX405,3008711.449,30020.6
 Danville, VA106,56193-12.536,10220.5
 Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA309,544NA-2.538,93120.2
 Decatur, AL153,82991-6.844,20720.2
 Wilmington, NC362,31599-4.146,86820.1
 Columbus, GA-AL294,865NA-0.541,68020.0
 Johnstown, PA143,67998-2.241,20219.9
 Columbus, IN76,794NA6.953,69219.8
 Hinesville-Fort Stewart, GA77,917NA34.043,44319.8
 Bowling Green, KY125,953NA2.942,16219.8
 Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL543,376NA-5.050,06819.7
 Salisbury, MD125,203NA-2.149,66819.7
 York-Hanover, PA434,972101-2.058,58619.6
 Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA167,819920.247,13819.6
 Huntsville, AL417,593932.054,73319.5
 Durham, NC504,357923.051,63219.4
 Binghamton, NY251,725NA-4.847,39819.3
 Bismarck, ND108,779NA9.355,93319.3
 El Centro, CA174,528NA-0.939,40219.1
 Jonesboro, AR121,02687-1.738,06319.1
 Hagerstown-Martinsburg, MD-WV269,14094-5.651,72919.1
 Mobile, AL412,99293-1.642,18719.1
 Charleston-North Charleston, SC664,6071002.851,33219.1
 Spokane, WA471,22194-2.349,25719.0
 Bellingham, WA201,140110-4.051,38919.0
 Visalia-Porterville, CA442,179NA-1.543,55019.0
 Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR136,02795-0.542,22919.0
 Joplin, MO175,51889-2.640,26018.7
 Tuscaloosa, AL219,461NA-4.541,36818.6
 Fairbanks, AK97,581135-3.368,92218.6
 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA269,637NA-14.258,63018.6
 Waco, TX234,906892.141,65618.4
 Bakersfield, CA839,63110310.248,02118.4
 Cleveland, TN115,78891-7.739,96418.4
 Reading, PA411,442NA-0.554,82318.3
 Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ156,898NA-1.152,00418.3
 Fort Walton Beach-Crestview-Destin, FL180,822NA-9.754,14018.1
 Grand Forks, ND-MN98,461NA-5.546,95118.0
 Johnson City, TN198,716NA2.238,00218.0
 Fayetteville, NC366,383NA3.245,01617.9
 Knoxville, TN698,030890.146,66617.9
 Savannah, GA347,61194-2.649,03317.8
 Prescott, AZ211,03397-16.144,08417.8
 Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT916,829146-3.382,55817.8
 Danville, IL81,625939.840,46317.8
 Montgomery, AL374,53697-4.147,14617.8
 Chico, CA220,000NA-10.442,97117.8
 Jackson, TN115,425944.840,57317.7
 San Angelo, TX111,8239012.943,49817.7
 Decatur, IL110,76889-0.145,98717.6
 Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux, LA208,178NA0.648,74017.6
 Corpus Christi, TX428,185932.645,19917.6
 Trenton-Ewing, NJ366,513NA-4.773,88317.6
 Cumberland, MD-WV103,299NA-4.637,80417.6
 Tucson, AZ980,26395-6.446,34117.6
 Lebanon, PA133,568NA3.253,47417.5
 Clarksville, TN-KY273,949NA0.245,30517.5
Columbia, SC768,82197-1.048,76617.5
Little Rock-North Little Rock, AR699,757991.747,73117.5
 Vallejo-Fairfield, CA413,344NA-9.869,91417.4
 Rome, GA96,317NA-15.043,12917.4
 Columbia, MO172,7869410.747,11817.3
 Sherman-Denison, TX120,87787-2.046,99317.3
 Tyler, TX209,71495-2.846,61517.3
 Hot Springs, AR96,02496-4.838,21017.3
 Salem, OR390,738NA-3.347,57417.2
 Medford, OR203,206NA-9.943,38617.2
Morgantown, WV129,70910317.542,10017.2
 Springfield, IL210,170930.153,68217.1
 Greenville, NC189,510970.739,93717.1
 Burlington, NC151,13194-2.544,43017.1
 Victoria, TX115,384NA0.048,53117.0
 Logan, UT-ID125,442NA9.548,00216.9
Anchorage, AK380,8211279.474,27116.8
 Pine Bluff, AR100,258NA-8.337,15816.8
 Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL147,13793-0.939,92716.7
 Manchester-Nashua, NH400,7211211.070,59116.7
 Syracuse, NY662,577NA-3.051,60616.6
 Great Falls, MT81,327NA3.644,07416.6
 Tulsa, OK937,47889-1.247,76016.6
 Glens Falls, NY128,923NA2.451,89416.6
 Peoria, IL379,186100-5.453,21916.6
 Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA423,895NA-5.461,89616.5
 Florence, SC205,566NA-6.340,56516.4
 Albany, GA157,30891-5.436,61316.4
 Kankakee-Bradley, IL113,44997-5.049,26616.4
 Cedar Rapids, IA257,940943.055,19616.4
 Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, FL702,281100-17.948,74516.4
 Norwich-New London, CT274,055NA0.967,01016.3
 Sumter, SC107,45693-13.640,54216.3
 Worcester, MA798,552106-1.565,77216.3
 Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY670,301NA0.370,69416.3
 Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ821,173NA0.158,05416.3
 Missoula, MT109,299NA-9.843,89516.3
 Rapid City, SD126,382NA1.048,15516.2
 Shreveport-Bossier City, LA398,604NA-0.242,39816.2
 Harrisburg-Carlisle, PA549,475104-1.956,82116.2
 Eugene-Springfield, OR351,715NA-7.942,62116.1
 Chattanooga, TN-GA528,14392-5.244,16416.0
 Grand Junction, CO146,723942.052,98616.0
 Winchester, VA-WV128,472104-6.252,16416.0
 Gainesville, GA179,684NA1.652,05015.9
 La Crosse, WI-MN133,665NA-0.850,83615.6
 Reno-Sparks, NV425,41790-8.655,86015.6
 Gadsden, AL104,430NA-6.637,77215.6
 Ocala, FL331,298NA-11.540,10315.6
Billings, MT158,050NA1.549,95215.5
 Springfield, MA692,942NA-3.051,75115.5
 Scranton--Wilkes-Barre, PA563,631NA-1.444,31915.5
 Monroe, LA176,44198-4.139,49015.5
 Bloomington-Normal, IL169,572NA3.959,41015.4
 Harrisonburg, VA125,228990.147,22215.4
 Mount Vernon-Anacortes, WA116,901NA-6.355,55515.4
 Modesto, CA514,453NA-10.150,67115.4
 Fort Smith, AR-OK298,592NA-5.439,34415.4
 Anderson, SC187,12690-3.842,85415.3
 Baton Rouge, LA802,484900.550,14615.3
 Madison, WI568,5931070.761,16315.3
 Sioux Falls, SD228,261NA5.855,75415.3
 Parkersburg-Marietta, WV-OH162,056NA-5.942,39515.3
 Honolulu, HI953,207171-0.271,26315.3
 Provo-Orem, UT526,810NA4.159,10415.3
 Lancaster, PA519,445NA-3.055,81615.2
 Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY870,716108-1.859,33915.1
 Des Moines, IA569,633911.559,38115.1
 Muncie, IN117,67190-14.338,73015.1
 Charleston, WV304,284NA1.444,14015.0
 Yuba City-Marysville, CA166,892NA-11.448,85715.0
 Lewiston-Auburn, ME107,702NA-3.345,69914.9
 Colorado Springs, CO645,61395-3.757,11114.9
 Atlantic City, NJ274,549NA-8.955,22214.8
 Evansville, IN-KY358,67693-3.547,29414.8
 Salinas, CA415,057NA-2.759,73714.7
 Lake Charles, LA199,607995.544,23214.7
 Greenville, SC636,986902.345,88814.7
 El Paso, TX800,647927.438,25914.7
 Stockton, CA685,306NA-7.953,76414.7
 Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH287,70292-3.037,53714.7
 Wichita Falls, TX151,30687-5.145,88214.6
 Yakima, WA243,23195-1.244,41914.5
 Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL379,69097-4.949,60514.5
 Valdosta, GA139,58897-9.838,67814.5
 Augusta-Richmond County, GA-SC556,87788-2.945,16214.5
 Olympia, WA252,2641040.263,12914.5
 Lynchburg, VA252,634910.445,51214.5
 Jefferson City, MO149,80790-0.452,65914.4
 Fargo, ND-MN208,777947.650,09114.3
 Bend, OR157,733NA-4.352,96214.2
 Morristown, TN136,60893-9.837,38014.2
 Jackson, MS539,05789-0.146,18214.2
 Kennewick-Richland-Pasco, WA253,3409517.256,40714.1
 South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI319,22491-8.245,22614.1
 Warner Robins, GA139,900NA5.955,73814.1
 New Haven-Milford, CT862,477129-3.162,49714.0
 Rocky Mount, NC152,392NA-8.840,66714.0
 Greeley, CO252,825NA2.255,82514.0
 Idaho Falls, ID130,374822.451,72914.0
 Greensboro-High Point, NC723,801NA-5.143,91513.9
 Asheville, NC424,8581040.044,51213.9
 Fond du Lac, WI101,633NA-4.852,71713.9
 Bangor, ME153,923NA-4.243,60113.9
 Roanoke, VA308,70791-5.231,63513.7
 St. Cloud, MN189,09395-2.452,62513.6
 Pueblo, CO159,063833.841,27313.5
 Erie, PA280,56698-1.844,50313.4
 Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA865,350881.256,34613.4
 Pocatello, ID90,656NA-3.645,08013.4
 Springfield, MO436,71287-3.843,04213.4
 Wichita, KS623,06191-2.650,12213.4
 Winston-Salem, NC477,71789-5.945,84713.4
 Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL494,59396-5.744,16913.4
 Anniston-Oxford, AL118,57291-9.239,46713.4
 Redding, CA177,223NA-13.444,05813.4
 Springfield, OH138,333NA-0.744,03713.3
 Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA262,382NA-8.666,03013.3
 Pascagoula, MS162,246NA26.148,96813.3
 Barnstable Town, MA215,888NA-5.460,52513.3
 Lafayette, IN201,7899313.744,42213.3
 Merced, CA255,793NA3.243,94513.3
 Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA823,318NA-6.476,72813.2
 Hickory-Morganton-Lenoir, NC365,497NA-14.440,51913.2
 Utica-Rome, NY299,397103-3.147,06013.1
 Longview-Kelso, WA102,410NA-4.446,46113.0
 Ogden-Clearfield, UT547,184901.462,34012.9
 Altoona, PA127,089NA-4.943,24312.9
 Macon, GA232,293NA-5.939,88812.8
 Naples-Marco Island, FL321,520NA-9.356,87612.8
 Tallahassee, FL367,413101-4.145,01112.7
 Lincoln, NE302,15791-0.151,41912.6
 Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL602,095NA-7.544,39812.5
 Hattiesburg, MS142,84295-2.240,42712.5
 Cape Coral-Fort Myers, FL618,75498-11.749,44412.5
 St. George, UT138,11591-9.850,30712.4
 Sioux City, IA-NE-SD143,577NA-2.147,34812.4
 Kingston, NY182,493NA-5.158,80812.3
 Portland-South Portland, ME514,098110-0.856,96112.3
 Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL448,991NA-6.548,07512.3
 Rockford, IL349,43193-9.049,72412.2
 Panama City-Lynn Haven, FL168,852NA-3.048,22512.2
 Coeur d'Alene, ID138,494NA3.348,07512.1
 Michigan City-La Porte, IN111,467NA-4.446,93411.9
 Gulfport-Biloxi, MS248,820NA8.444,17011.8
 Ames, IA89,54299-5.949,73311.8
 Carson City, NV55,274NA-17.654,23511.7
 Battle Creek, MI136,146NA-8.542,28711.7
 Canton-Massillon, OH404,422NA-7.545,17111.6
 Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH124,454NA-13.339,58111.6
 Terre Haute, IN172,425NA-4.742,17011.5
 Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC269,29195-2.442,87711.5
 Dayton, OH841,50293-8.847,86411.5
 Owensboro, KY114,752NA-1.744,51811.3
 Green Bay, WI306,24196-0.352,94411.3
 Duluth, MN-WI279,771NA-2.246,13311.3
 Fresno, CA930,450106-5.146,90311.2
 Lima, OH106,33195-14.143,32311.2
 Akron, OH703,200101-5.149,48511.1
 Wausau, WI134,06394-6.054,31611.1
 Eau Claire, WI161,15190-2.348,25511.0
 Sebastian-Vero Beach, FL 138,02899-3.346,36310.8
 Dalton, GA142,22792-16.240,67710.8
 Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA483,878NA-9.764,34310.8
 Port St. Lucie-Fort Pierce, FL424,107NA-7.147,30610.6
 Niles-Benton Harbor, MI156,813NA-6.842,48810.6
 Lafayette, LA273,738980.547,30910.5
 Fort Wayne, IN416,25793-5.849,80810.5
 Boulder, CO294,567NA-0.666,47910.4
 Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI774,16094-5.850,18710.3
 Sheboygan, WI115,507NA-8.652,99310.2
 Lexington-Fayette, KY472,09991-1.249,2269.9
 Topeka, KS233,870930.249,6349.9
 Lawrence, KS110,826NA-7.647,0639.9
 Athens-Clarke County, GA192,541NA-1.640,9519.7
 Oshkosh-Neenah, WI166,994NA1.451,5969.7
 Spartanburg, SC284,307NA-4.443,5639.5
 Charlottesville, VA201,5591051.858,0269.4
 Ocean City, NJ97,265NA-10.155,3159.1
 Wheeling, WV-OH147,950NA-1.439,5168.7
 Toledo, OH651,429NA-11.445,4958.7
 Appleton, WI225,666NA0.158,3898.6
 Mansfield, OH124,475NA-12.843,0988.6
 Dover, DE162,310105-8.154,7838.5
 Boise City-Nampa, ID616,56192-5.250,8998.3
 Elkhart-Goshen, IN197,55992-20.647,3088.1
 Muskegon-Norton Shores, MI172,188NA-9.440,2988.0
 Williamsport, PA116,111991.343,7888.0
 Kalamazoo-Portage, MI326,58988-9.245,6798.0
 Anderson, IN131,636NA-7.144,0357.9
 Lewiston, ID-WA60,888NA-5.243,5207.9
 Corvallis, OR85,579NA9.347,7167.9
 Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA565,77389-8.641,9317.8
 State College, PA153,990NA17.748,2627.7
 Janesville, WI160,33194-14.050,5327.5
 Racine, WI195,408NA-7.554,3567.5
 Lansing-East Lansing, MI464,036NA-6.350,1687.2
 Laredo, TX250,304NA5.537,8687.0
 Fort Collins-Loveland, CO299,630NA0.357,2156.9
 Saginaw-Saginaw Township North, MI200,169NA-9.643,2586.9
 Ann Arbor, MI344,791104-0.659,7376.5
 Pittsfield, MA131,219NA-11.748,7055.6
 Iowa City, IA152,586NA7.953,3225.6
 Sandusky, OH77,079NA-6.947,4665.2
 Lubbock, TX284,890872.043,7844.1
 Jackson, MI160,248NA-9.747,1693.9
 Monroe, MI152,021NA-7.855,8263.8
 Holland-Grand Haven, MI263,801NA-8.955,6613.4
 Wenatchee, WA110,884NA-2.749,5732.7
 Bay City, MI107,771NA-10.645,9622.0
 Punta Gorda, FL159,97897-2.845,1121.5
 Kokomo, IN98,688NA-19.046,295-0.4
 Goldsboro, NC122,623NA-9.041,751-0.4
 Flint, MI425,790NA-17.043,418-0.5

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