Moving Soon? Check out the Best Places to Live in 2012

Best Places to Live in the US

In addition to the "Top Earning Towns" list released this week by CNN Money, the annual "Best Places to Live" rankings have also been released. If you are relocating soon you may want to take a peek and see if your new city lands on this list.

This years results were a bit surprising, especially the top 25. While the Washington D.C. area continued to rank well, it was the only 'usual suspect' to do so. This years top 25 cities were dominated by three, less publicized, metropolitan markets:


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Top Earning Towns - 2012 Rankings

Top earning towns in the US

It's that time of year again - No, I'm not referring to the kids moving back to college - But rather the onslaught of city rankings for every category imaginable. One of this weeks most talked about rankings is "Top Earning Towns" published by CNN Money. The results are a little more spread out than expected, but the usual suspects continue to dominate the top 10. Bethesda, MD and Ashburn, VA - both in the Washington D.C. area - ranked 1st and 6th. The highly educated suburbs of Boston,


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Top 10 Cities with the Fastest Growing Wage Increases

Since the recession began in 2008 it seems like most news has been negative, especially when related to the economy, housing or employment. This week however, the Payscale Index released the top 10 cities which experienced the largest increase in wage growth in the private sector. The report notes that the rankings are based on the fourth quarter of 2010 through the fourth quarter of 2011.

After reviewing the numbers we are delighted to see such diversity in the rankings. No single state, region


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A Visual Look at American Migration and Relocation in 2011

On average, 40 million Americans move to a new home each year. Have you ever wondered where everyone is moving to, or from? Did you know that the #1 rank for state to state moving is New York to Florida? Our look at the migration of Americans in 2011 may not be the highlight of your day but it is pretty interesting. Luckily for all of us, Forbes and IBM got together and created this very visual and easy to use interactive map that shows migration data. Simply click on a county anywhere in the


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Best Retirement Cities to Relocate to When Living Solely on Social Security

Not too long ago we posted about the "Most Affordable Retirement Cities" as ranked by SmartMoney. This week U.S. News released their "Top 10 Places to Retire on Social Security Alone" which caught our attention. After reviewing their top ten we wanted to note that 8 of the top 10 are solely college towns, while 9 of 10 are home to medium or large universities. Of the two cities that were not solely college towns, Sunland Park, NM and Syracuse, NY, only Sunland Park is not home to a college.


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Most Affordable Retirement Cities in 2011

SmartMoney recently released an article titled "Retire Here, Not There", which showcased several affordable cities for retirement. This year however, they added an additional twist by accounting for the top ranked cities unemployment rate. According to SmartMoney, the average retiree is $30,000 short of their savings goal and may have a need for employment, even if just part time. The 2011 winners were selected on a range of criteria from unemployment rate to median home prices and cost of


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Florida Dominates the 2011 Worst Housing Markets

Last week we blogged about the top five cities on the "2011 Best and Worst Housing Markets" list. The Fort Lauderldale-Miami metro area snagged the #1 spot on both the best and worst lists, providing a glimmer of hope to homeowners in South Florida. Unfortunately the positive news ends there as Florida dominated the top 25 worst home markets, the emphasis on the South Florida market. It's widely been publicized that Miami and Fort Lauderdale were two of the hardest hit regions by the housing


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US States With the Most Millionaires

It seems like every time we post new rankings about the best places to live the Washington D.C. area comes out on top. No, we're not biased to the DC area (although we were founded in Maryland in 2004), instead our encouragement lies in the DC Metro's consistent ability to saturate the rankings. Just last week we published "Americas Best and Worst Housing Markets" in which Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia dominated with 9 of the top 25 best home markets. We should also point out


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America's Best and Worst Housing Markets in 2011

We recently stumbled upon a list of the best and worst housing markets in the United States for 2011. The rankings were compiled by online real estate marketplace Zillow for the publication Business Week. Although the housing market is still volatile and far from stabilizing, these numbers should provide hope to anyone planning to buy or sell a home in the future.

Consistent with median income rankings and population growth data, the Washington D.C. area and Boston Metro area are big winners in


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DIY Moving Tips for Columbus, Ohio

With the opening of our newest location in Columbus, Ohio we thought it would be a good idea to get to know the area. While doing our research we were surprised to find that Columbus is actually a widely regarded "up and coming" city with a lot of recent acknowledgements and awards.

  • In 2009 BusinessWeek named the city as the best place in the country to raise a family.
  • In 2008 Forbes Magazine ranked the city as the number 1 up-and-coming tech city in the nation.
  • In 2010 Relocate America named

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Virginia, Maryland and the Washington D.C. Area Rank Highest in Richest Counties

We recently came across the 2011 rankings for the "Highest Income Counties in the United States" and were amazed at what we found. Actually, considering we opened our doors in the Washington D.C. Area in 2004 we were not really surprised, but many of our readers may be. The rankings are published by the U.S. Census Bureau and they rank the counties by their average median household income from 2005-2009.

Out of the top 25 rankings, the State of Virginia finished in first place with an


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Fastest Growing States and Regions in the US

We all remember the big buzz about the 2010 Census, most of us probably just filled out our information and sent it back in. But behind the scenes there were some very smart people working on compiling all of that data into economic, population and demographic trends and charts. While there are probably thousands of different reports, the most interesting to us was the population migration data. This 12 page report outlines what states the population moved to/from between 2000-2010; some of the


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