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Best Places to Live in America--A Recap 1999-2009

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Money Magazine "10 Best Places to Live in America"

Every year Money Magazine picks the top 10 best places to live in America. Here is a quick synopsis of the #1 places to live from 1999 to 2009. The winners are rated on economic opportunity, good schools, safe streets, things to do and a sense of community.

The town I live in presently made the 10 best places to live in the USA a few years ago. I am very happy with the each of the indicators that Money Magazine uses. The schools are some of the best in the country. There are many economic opportunities, even in this day. The town has a very strong sense of community. There is always something to do without leaving town. I feel secure that my children are safe when they are out.

I am not sure how Money Magazine does it, but they sure picked a winner in this small town! They look all over the county for places with the best opportunity and best lifestyle. They list realistic pros and cons for each pick. If you want to move, but you don't know where, look at Money Magazines picks to help you choose.

San Francisco, CA

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco 49ers Stadium

San Francisco 49ers Stadium

Residential area San Francisco

Residential area San Francisco

Top Pick 1999--San Francisco, CA

San Francisco is a techie's dream. Situated close to Silicone Valley, it is also a hub of biotechnology and biomedical companies. The city is continually in need of professionals with expertise in these areas.

Museums, sporting events, and performing arts abound in the city. They have opera, ballet, symphony orchestra and theatres staging live performances. Let's not forget the Fillmore is in San Francisco. The Fillmore was the first to stage such greats as the Grateful Dead, Janice Joplin and Jefferson Airplane.

A plethora of universities and colleges exist in San Francisco. San Francisco State University has different graduate and undergraduate programs in over 100 specialties. There are also specialized centers of higher learning such as music schools, culinary schools and art schools. The Academy of Art University is said to be the largest of it's kind in the United States.

Outdoor recreational opportunities are one reason people flock to this city. You can be skiing, sailing or hiking in top rated areas within a few hours drive. Wine country is only a couple of hours away. You can ride in the famous cable cars for a day of shopping. San Francisco has so much to do, time is the only deterrent.

Portland, Oregon

Portland, OR

Portland, OR

Ecola Point, Oregon coast (just and hour and a half drive from Portland).

Ecola Point, Oregon coast (just and hour and a half drive from Portland).

Top Pick 2000--Portland, OR

Portland, OR, also known as "The City of Roses", is famous for it's parks and gardens.  Forest Park covers 5,000 acres and is one of the largest parks found within city limits in America.  It is renowned for being the largest urban forest in the United States, extending 8 miles along the Willamette River.

Portland is the home of many creative personalities.  Matt Groening, the creator ot the Simpsons and Futurama, lives here.  Sam Elliot, most recently seen in "The Golden Compass", graduated from high school in Portland.

June in Portland stars the annual Portland Rose Festival that features 2 parades, carnival rides and the famous dragon boat races.  Portland is host to several beer festivals, such as the Oregon Brewers Festival.  This festival is held on the last weekend in July and is known for being the largest outdoor craft beer festival in America.

Portland is the headquarters for Adidas, Nike and Columbia Sportswear.  Portland is the largest shipper of wheat in the United States.  The cost of electricity is very low in Portland due to the many river dams.  This has led to the expansion of aluminum production.  Steel production is another major employer.

New York City

New York City skyline at night.

New York City skyline at night.

Times Square

Times Square

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Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

Top Pick 2001--New York City, NY

New York City is home to many internationally recognized icons.  Wall Street, the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and the United Nations headquarters are all found here.  It was home to the tallest buildings in the world, the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, until September 11, 2001 when terrorist attacks destroyed them.

New York City has over 28,000 acres of parks overall.  The most famous of these is Central Park.  Somewhere between 25 million and 30 million people visit Central Park every year.  A zoo, extensive walking trails and two ice skating rinks can be found in Central Park.    Central Park has been a National Historic Landmark since 1963.