Mitchell County, Iowa – one of the best places to live in the US.

Mitchell County, Iowa – one of the best places to live in the US.
Based on several factors including air quality, income, education, pollution rates, water quality and crime stats, Mitchell County has been ranked in the top 15 best places to live in the Midwest by “The Progressive Farmer,” magazine.

The new study is published in a recent edition of the national publication and can also be found online.
Each year “The Progressive Farmer” and “OnBoard LLC,” a real estate research firm team up to conduct the survey.
First they crunch numbers and then hit the road for a first-hand look.
The researchers begin by putting together a preliminary list of rural counties that meet certain criteria.
The staff looks at household income, household spending, home and land prices, crime rates, air quality, education, access to health care – all the things that can indicate a snapshot of places the magazines rural readers would want to call home.
Then for several months out of the year, the magazine’s team of editors travels to the top counties, taking pictures, interviewing residents and getting the lay of the land.
Crime rates and pollution rates are determined by using a national average of 100.
Mitchell County’s personal crime rate, for example is 10, which means residents are only one-tenth as likely to experience a crime as someone living in the average Midwest county.
Other categories include health care providers per person within the county and leisure activities.
Other categories include health care providers per person within the county and leisure activities.
“Mitchell County has lots to be proud of,” said County Supervisor Chair Stan Walk, who saw the ranking early last week in the Des Moines Register.
“It says a lot for all aspects of the county- it says we have had good leadership in our schools, city government and county government.
It says Mitchell County is on the right path for providing vital services and strengthening our economic development base.
“Baby boomers wanting to retire and younger families looking for a clean environment, healthy lifestyles, low cost of living, quality schools, low crime area and friendly communities should consider moving here.”
“It has been a fun couple weeks as our growth and quality of life here in Mitchell County has been recognized on a regional and multi-state level, said Brenda Dryer, Executive Director of Mitchell County Economic Development.
“We are truly blessed with the quality of life, wonderful schools, and great business and industry that we have in Mitchell County.

My hope is that we all work together to continue to build on our successes moving forward.”

Those who would like to see the top 60 counties and judge for
themselves, the statistics can be found online at “pfbestplaces.com.”

Mitchell County ranked in top 15 best places to live (Mitchell County Press-News)

Story created Feb 13, 2007 – 13:49:09 CST. Based on several factors including air quality, income, education, pollution rates, water quality and crime stats, Mitchell County has been ranked in the top 15 best places to live in the Midwest by “The Progressive Farmer,” magazine.

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Cedar City – one of the best places to retire

Cedar City – one of the best places to retire

CEDAR CITY – In addition to a lower cost of living, there’s a lot to offer in this small, Southern Utah community for folks who might want to retire here.

That’s why “Where to Retire Magazine,” a periodical created to help with tough retirement decisions, chose Cedar City as one of the top five places in the United States to spend your post-career days for the second year in a row.

“It puts us on the map as a great place to visit and a great place to retire, of course,” said Cedar City-Brian Head Tourism Bureau & Visitor Center Director Maria Twitchell.

Many active retirees are attracted to the scenery, recreation and reasonable living prices Utah’s Festival City prides itself on, Twitchell said.

According to a press release, the publication also recognized Crossville, Tenn., Columbia, S.C., Mount Dora, Fla., and Sussex County, Del.

Along with Cedar City, these towns were selected based on what they have to offer and how far your retirement dollar can go.

Larry Baker, Cedar City director of public relations and special projects, said Cedar City is a good choice for retirees who want to stay active and involved.

For those who want to keep learning and growing after retirement, it’s also nice to have access to Southern Utah University, Baker added.

“There’s lots of activities that active adults can take part in,” he said.

“It’s a really good place for somebody who doesn’t want to be really retired from life.”

Twitchell said she talks to people all the time who are interested in Cedar City as their retirement destination.

After deciding to move here, a few retirees volunteer at the Iron County Visitors Center where they share their experiences with other potential residents.

She said she and her husband, Grant, have enjoyed spending time in Cedar City after retiring from their military careers in Texas.

Secrist said the scenery, the people and the university atmosphere are her favorite parts of living here.
“It’s still got the small-town atmosphere, but it’s still got the university,” she said.

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One of the best places to retire (Saint George Spectrum)

CEDAR CITY – In addition to a lower cost of living, there’s a lot to offer in this small, Southern Utah community for folks who might want to retire here.

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