Think Cranston is one of the best cities in the country? You’re not alone.
For the third consecutive year, news and business content provider 24/7 Wall St. has named Cranston one of “America’s 50 Best Cities to Live.”
The city ranks 34th on the 2016 list, up from 41 on last year’s. It falls between Boca Raton, Florida, at 35 and Charleston, South Carolina, at 33.
“Cranston is the most livable city in Rhode Island and one of the most livable in New England,” reads the city’s entry on the list. “City residents can take advantage of cultural venues in neighboring Providence, the largest city in the state, while enjoying some better living conditions in their home city. The violent crime rate in Cranston is only a quarter of the rate in Providence. Also, with a lower unemployment rate, working-age adults in Cranston are more likely to be gainfully employed than their counterparts in Providence.”
24/7 Wall St. also points to “relatively high” salaries for Cranston residents, and a typical household income of nearly $62,000, roughly $4,000 higher than the state’s median income.
“I am extremely pleased to announce that Cranston has once again received national recognition for being a great place to live and work by 24/7 Wall Street,” Mayor Allan Fung said in a statement. “We are the only city in Rhode Island to earn this distinction and one of the few cities in the country to make the list for three years in a row.”
According to 24/7 Wall St., the rankings are based on evaluations of approximately 550 U.S. cities with a population of more than 65,000 residents. The process involved the evaluation of data on crime, demography, economy, education, environment, health, housing, infrastructure, and leisure.
The top five cities on this year’s list are Broomfield, Colorado; Meridian, Idaho; Richardson, Texas; John’s Creek, Georgia; and Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
Cranston is the fourth-ranked city in New England based on the 24/7 Wall St. list. Danbury, Connecticut, is at No. 16, while Newton, Massachusetts, ranks 21st, and Nashua, New Hampshire, ranks 25th. Portland, Maine, is ranked No. 50.
For the full list of top cities, visit 247wallst.com.