Best Cities 2010: West Hartford, Conn.

There's no shortage of business opportunities and things to do in this small town, our number-nine pick for Best Cities for the Next Decade.

West Hartford is not content to be merely an idyllic place to raise a family. It's also transforming itself from a suburb into a regional destination.

The majority of West Hartford's residents work in the area's biggest sectors -- insurance and financial services -- in nearby towns. But small business is the new game in town, and everyone's playing. West Hartford's economy rests largely on professional and health services, from law and accounting firms to satellite offices for Hartford Hospital and St. Francis Hospital. The University of Hartford is the biggest employer.

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Jessica L. Anderson
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Anderson has been with Kiplinger since January 2004, when she joined the staff as a reporter. Since then, she's covered the gamut of personal finance issues—from mortgages and credit to spending wisely—and she heads up Kiplinger's annual automotive rankings. She holds a BA in journalism and mass communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was the 2012 president of the Washington Automotive Press Association and serves on its board of directors. In 2014, she was selected for the North American Car and Truck Of the Year jury. The awards, presented at the Detroit Auto Show, have come to be regarded as the most prestigious of their kind in the U.S. because they involve no commercial tie-ins. The jury is composed of nationally recognized journalists from across the U.S. and Canada, who are selected on the basis of audience reach, experience, expertise, product knowledge, and reputation in the automotive community.