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This Is the Most Average City in America

US cities don't get more typical than Lynchburg, Virginia

(Newser) - There may not be a "Real America," but there's definitely an average America—and its name is Lynchburg, Virginia. NewCo Shift crunched the numbers on eight measurements (while admitting there are thousands more it could have used instead) to figure out what constitutes a typical American city.... More »

Happiest Cities Are Mostly in One State

8 of top 10 are in sunny California: WalletHub

(Newser) - Life in sunny California sure is sweet, according to WalletHub . Based on factors such as emotional and physical well-being and income and employment, the site has compiled a list of the happiest cities in the country—and ones in California dominate the upper ranks. The top 10, with "happiness... More »

5 Best, 5 Worst US Cities for Well-Being

Naples is the place to be

(Newser) - Perhaps there's something in the water in Naples. The Florida city has the best well-being score in the country for the second year in a row, according to Gallup , which conducted more than 354,000 interviews with US residents over a two-year period ending Dec. 30, 2016. It then... More »

10 Cities Where Crime Is Rising Fastest

Monroe, La., is top: 24/7 Wall St.

(Newser) - You might want to be a bit extra vigilant when visiting these US cities, according to 24/7 Wall St . The site determined the metropolitan areas with the fastest-rising crime based on differences in violent crime rates from 2011 to 2015. Household income, employment, education, and poverty rates were also considered.... More »

10 Coldest Cities in US

Fairbanks, Alaska comes out on top

(Newser) - If you're already tired of winter, you should probably steer clear of North Dakota. The state is home to three of the four coldest cities in the country, according to 24/7 Wall St . The site ranked US cities based on the minimum average temperature as well as record low... More »

5 Cities Where You Don't Want a Car

Mass transit, baby—or hoof it

(Newser) - In some cities, it's a joy to own a set of wheels to cruise around in; in others, you're better off hawking your car on Craigslist and taking the bus, per CBS News . A SmartAsset analysis examined seven driving-related factors (including non-driving options, hours that commuters spend in... More »

The 10 Neediest Cities in the US

Detroit tops the list

(Newser) - If you're planning to share the wealth this holiday season, WalletHub has a list of places that could use it. It's ranked the neediest cities in the country, based on poverty rates, homelessness, food insecurity, and more. The top 10: More »

10 Best, Worst US Cities for Singles

San Francisco tops the list; Brownsville, Texas, comes in last

(Newser) - Getting hit with Cupid's arrow is "part willingness and part geography," notes WalletHub . And with 109 million or so single adults in the US as of 2015, per the latest census , finding the right place to settle down in both the geographical and romantic sense can be... More »

10 Pricey Cities, and the Salary You Need to Live in Them

California claims the top 3—and you'll need a 6-figure annual paycheck there

(Newser) - Buying a home has always been a big-ticket purchase, but as CNNMoney notes, a seller's market has made being able to afford one increasingly difficult. HSH.com looked at median house prices from the National Association of Realtors for the third quarter of this year, plus the average interest... More »

10 Best Cities for Shopping Locally

San Diego is best, says Yelp

(Newser) - Just in time for "Small Business Saturday," Yelp has released a ranking of the 20 best US cities to shop locally for gifts, based on millions of locally-written reviews of stores (just not the big-box variety), per Albuquerque Business First . The top 10 cities: More »

The 5 Best, Worst US Cities for Veterans

Scottsdale is the place to be

(Newser) - Veterans in some Texas cities appear to be living a sweeter life than those in other parts of the country, according to WalletHub . The site gave cities a score out of 100, based on 21 factors of "veteran-friendliness," including the availability of VA services, veteran income, the veteran... More »

10 Worst Cities for African Americans

Peoria, Ill., tops the list

(Newser) - 24/7 Wall St. has ranked the worst US cities for African-Americans, by comparing income, poverty, and education levels, as well as rates of homeownership, unemployment, incarceration, and mortality, to those of white Americans. The 10 worst: More »

10 Best Cities for Trick-or-Treaters

Oh, to be a kid in Philadelphia

(Newser) - Kids in Philadelphia who come home with pillowcases stuffed with candy on Halloween probably have no idea how lucky they are. Philly is the best city in the country for trick-or-treaters—and possibly dentists, too—according to the eighth annual Zillow Trick-or-Treat Index , per Parade . The index ranks cities based... More »

10 Best Big Cities in US

New York is No. 1, says 'Conde Nast Traveler'

(Newser) - Conde Nast Traveler has released its annual Readers' Choice Awards, and more than 100,000 votes came in for the best cities in the nation. The magazine broke candidates down into larger and smaller cities (larger meaning those with 150,000 or more people), and ascending to the No.... More »

5 Most Active Cities in the US

Put on your walking shoes and hit the Freedom Trail in Boston

(Newser) - Whether it's their public parks, bike paths, or just because they're easy to amble around, more and more America cities are staking claims to promoting physically fit lifestyles. But some communities are more on the go than others, and as ABC News reports, a Gallup and Healthways list... More »

10 Best US Cities to Be an 'Urban Hermit'

You may never leave home in Chicago

(Newser) - You don't have to live in a forest camp to be a hermit. Thanks to modern conveniences like Netflix and food deliveries, just about anybody, anywhere, can live the solitary life. Some cities, however, are better for "urban hermits" than others. Here are Estately 's top 10... More »

10 Best-Run US Cities

You'll find most of them in Middle America

(Newser) - Running a city is no small feat, and with nearly 63% of the US population living in urban centers, per the US Census Bureau . WalletHub decided to see which ones are managed the best. The site looked at 150 of the biggest cities in the country, combining the results of... More »

The 6 Best Affordable Big American Cities

Can't stomach NYC or LA? Look to Boston, Portland

(Newser) - Living in a big city doesn't have to blow the budget. Money has identified the best affordable city in each of six US regions. Those chosen have a population of at least 300,000, and factors like affordable housing, job growth, low crime, green space, and good schools were... More »

10 Best Small Cities to Call Home in the US

Columbia, Md., tops the list

(Newser) - Want a decent job in a place with great schools and low taxes? You'll apparently find it in any of these 10 small cities. Time has come up with a ranking of the best cities to live in the US, with a population between 50,000 and 300,000,... More »

The 10 Least Safe Cities for Women

Be extra-vigilant in Miami, Houston

(Newser) - Out on the town in Miami or Houston? Ladies should be extra-vigilant. Both cities are among the least safe for women based on 31 factors, including crime, workplace policies, women in local politics and police forces, and health care, as well as education and wealth, which "indicate a woman'... More »

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