Places Rated Almanac: The Classic Guide for Finding Your Best Places to Live in America

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Places Rated Books LLC, 2007 - Travel - 662 pages
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In this unique reference, every one of America’s 379 metropolitan areas is rated by factors that are important to anyone considering a move. Divided into nine thoroughly researched main topics, this guide derives its information as much from private sources as government sources, providing a well-rounded description of all that each metro area has to offer: ambience, housing, jobs, crime, transportation, education, health care, recreation, and climate. With a personalized quiz to help determine the most important factors of an area, this ratings sourcebook provides a wealth of information for those looking to move and the armchair traveler alike.
 

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Brenda and I made a life decision using this book. We took the inventory honestly and ended up with our top 5 choices for retirement.
I'd recommend though that retirees first consider where their
friends and families live as the primary support network against the backdrop of location.
Of course, for those who can afford two or more homes, the above mentioend condition is non issue.
Dave Howell
 

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
DECISIONS DECISIONS
23
Searching for Normal People
36
The David and Goliath Proposition
100
A Geography of New Home Features
146
Life in a Boom Town
185
Is It The Weather?
198
Neighborhood Crime Watches
202
Specialist Metro Areas
372
Healthy LifeLonger Life
411
Gambling
479
CLIMATE
495
Climate Divisions
519
A Century Forecast
564
Weather Extremes of the United States and Canada
571
If You Read This Chapter First
577

Happy Hour Prohibitions
215
Ferryboats Cable Cars MonorailsAerial Trams and Inclines
266
EDUCATION
279
Solving the SAT Puzzle
359
METROPOLITAN AREAS By STATE
587
METROPOLITAN AREA PLACE FINDER
601
INDEx
645
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David Savageau is a former sales manager for a subsidiary of Time, Inc. (now Time-Warner), publisher of Places Rated Books, LLC, and the author of Retirement Places Rated. He lives in Washington, DC.

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