Norfolk is receiving some welcome national publicity after being selected as Nebraska’s best place to live and then reported by USA Today.
In its Friday edition, the USA Today newspaper story identified one city from each state to be included in their national rankings. Norfolk was Nebraska's selection, while LeMars was selected for Iowa and Pierre was the South Dakota selection.
The list of 50 top cities was done by 24/7 Wall St., which is financial news and opinion company. The company’s research and content are republished by many of the largest news sites, including MSN Money, Yahoo! Time.com, USA Today and The Huffington Post.
Here’s how the USA Today story about the best cities across the United States began:
“There are nearly 20,000 villages, towns and cities across the 50 states, and not all of them are equally conducive to the well-being of those who live there.
“While quality of life is subject to a range of factors — close relationships and personal health being among the most important — the local community and environment can also have a meaningful impact.
“When it comes to choosing a place to call home, everyone has their own priorities and subjective tastes. Still, there are specific attributes some communities share that are almost universally desirable: safe streets, a strong economy, affordability and a range of entertainment options, to name a few.”
24/7 Wall St. created a weighted index of over two dozen measures to identify the best city to live in each state. Under consideration were all communities with at least 8,000 residents.
Here’s what the article said about Norfolk:
— Population, 24,398
— Five-year population change: +1.9 percent
— Median home value: $123,200
— Median household income: $45,401
“Norfolk is a small city of just under 25,000 in northeastern Nebraska. A relatively safe city, Norfolk's violent crime rate of 148 incidents per 100,000 residents is less than half the national rate of 383 per 100,000. Though the typical household in Norfolk earns just $45,401 a year, about $10,000 less than the typical American household, a dollar goes a long way in Norfolk. Goods and services in and around the area are about 14.5 percent less expensive than they are nationwide on average.”
24/7 researchers said median home values and cost of living were key considerations in their work, as was median household income. In the quality of life category, the poverty rate also was evaluated.
Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning had this to say on Facebook about Norfolk’s rating: “Check out Nebraska at #27. We'll take it.”