PIEDMONT, CA —It's always nice to receive a little positive recognition.
The financial news and opinion site 24/7 Wall St. recently released its "America's 50 Best Cities To Live" rankings for 2020, and Piedmont took home a spot on the list.
- Ranking: 5
- Population: 11,308
- Five-year population change: +4.2 percent
- Median household income: $210,889
- Five-year average unemployment rate: 3 percent
24/7 Wall St. was impressed by the median income here, which is more than three times the national average. The website also noted, "Piedmont is a relatively safe city — there were 21 violent crimes reported in the city limits in 2018, resulting in a violent crime rate of 183.0 per 100,000 people, well below the 380.6 per 100,000 national rate."
Manhattan Beach, California, ranked as the best city in the nation to live in, according to 24/7 Wall St., followed by Winnetka, Illinois, and Hanover, New Hampshire. Here in the Bay Area Orinda, Palo Alto, and San Francisco also made the list.
"It is important to note that there is no such thing as a perfect city or town, and that many of the attributes one may look for in a community are subjective and not quantifiable," authors of the 24/7 Wall St. rankings wrote. "This list favors areas with conditions that have almost universal appeal, however."
To identify the best U.S. cities to live in, the financial news site created an index of 25 measures across four main categories: affordability, economy, quality of life and community.
Data pertaining to these categories was then pulled from multiple sources, including the U.S. Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The full methodology for the rankings is available at 24/7 Wall St.
Here are the top 10 U.S. cities to live in:
Manhattan Beach, California
Hanover, New Hampshire
Highland Park, Texas
Paradise Valley, Arizona
Solana Beach, California
Newport Beach, California
Mercer Island, Washington
Greenwood Village, Colorado