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Best Cities Methodology

Safety sources:

Sex Offenders per 100,000 from Family Watchdog

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000 from the FBI

Economy sources:

Percent of labor force unemployed from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Property taxes as percent of home value from the Tax Foundation

Best Performing Cities Job Index from the Milken Institute

5-Year Home Value Index from the Federal Housing Finance Agency

Median Home Sale Price from the National Association of Realtors

Travel time to work, in minutes from the Census

Children under 18 as percent of population from the Census