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The 20 Most Livable Suburbs In America

The 20 Most Livable Suburbs In America

Recently, Lifehack came out with the Top 25 Best Neighborhoods For Millennials. Today, we have another interesting list. This one features the most livable suburbs in America. And to make things even sweeter, we’ll give you an additional bonus: a list of DIY options on how to move to one of them. Neat, right? Now, regarding the suburbs, after studying data on almost 300 of them, we put together a list of the top 20 suburbs in America. We examined those with populations between 5,000 and 100,000 within 40 kilometers of the nearest urban area. We then factored in the average commute time, median household income, poverty and crime rates, public school ratings from GreatSchools.org, and a measure of housing affordability.

Montgomery, Ohio

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    Why is Montgomery a great choice? Let me enumerate them: Low cost of  living, low crime rates, and excellent schools. Just 22.6 minutes away from Cincinnati, its population has an average household income of $109,799. Add to these, seasonal arts series is held there to spice things up for the residents. Population is 10,251 and Great Shools score is 9.

    Leawood, Kansas

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      In our list, it has the fourth-highest median income at $134,242. Leawood has a population of 31,867. It’s much bigger than Montgomery, yet it has low crime rates. Your kids will love it here because it has great schools with a Great Schools score of 9. At its borders are 3 cities, with Kansas as the largest and can be reached in a 20.1-minute drive.

      Dublin, Ohio

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        Dublin, having a population of 41,751, is one of the larger suburbs included in our list. It has a low-cost place, yet it boasts of a high quality of life. Downtown Columbus is just 22.1 minutes away from this suburb. Dublin’s average household income is $114,183 and houses Muirfield Village Golf Club; a famous golf course in the America. Talking about education, it has a score of 8.67 from Great Schools.

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        Brandon, South Dakota

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          Brandon’s Population is 8,785 with a score of 9 given by Great Schools. Only 18 minutes away from the Sioux Falls area, it boasts of a median household income of $66,766. Even if this town has a surprisingly high poverty rate (4.3%) compared to the other places in this list, it has an extremely low violent-crime rate.

          Northville, Michigan

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            Scoring 10 on Great Schools rating scale, Northville is a great place for new families with kids. It has a population of 5,970 which is a lot lower than Brandon. Because of its distinct location (it’s atop rolling hills in a predominantly sandy and flat area, it’s given the nickname “Switzerland of Wayne County”. It’s a stone’s throwaway from Detroit-Warren-Dearborn area. A 21-minute drive and its household average income is $88,237.

            Grandview Heights, Ohio

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              Grandview Heights, home to 45 acres of parklands, has a median household income of $80,729. It has a population of 6,536 and scores an 8 on Great Schools rating board. Grandview Heights is a 17-minute drive from Columbus, Ohio. making it the shortest on our list.

              Germantown, Tennessee

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                With its population at 38,844, Germantown is one of the largest on the list in terms of number of residents. Great Schools give it a score of 10. Predominantly ruled by retail and commercial service industries, Germantown prides itself with a high median household income of $114,520. Commute time is short; just 20 minutes from the greater Memphis area.

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                Carmel, Indiana

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                  Carmel is well known for its famous Fourth of July weekend festival CarmelFest. This beautiful town is 25 minutes away from Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson metro. It has a population of 79, 191 and has a Great Schools score of 10. The average household income is $107,505, and more than 80% of homeowners spend 30% or less of their income on expenses relating to housing.

                  Fox Point, Wisconsin

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                    This charming village located along Lake Michigan is a 21-minute drive from the Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis area and has an astonishing violent-crime rate of 0%. Average household income is $102,552. Fox Point’s Great Schools score is 9 and has a population of 6,701.

                    Springboro, Ohio

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                      A population of 17,409 and a Great Schools score of 9, Springboro boasts of big-city amenities yet still feels like a small town. It has an average household income of  $95,406 and a short commute at around 22 minutes from Cincinnati.

                      Huntington Woods, Michigan

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                        It’s consistently ranked as one of the top suburbs in America. Residents of the city (situated 20 minutes outside of the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn metro area) brag about their low costs of living and pockets a median income of $112,593 annually. With a small population of 6,238, Huntington Woods is a nice place to live and gets a score of 6 from Great Schools.

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                        Beverly Hills, Michigan

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                          Michigan, at 0.5%, has the second-lowest poverty rate on this list. The town encourages a strong sense of community by having regular town celebrations including Halloween Hoot. Its 10,267 population has a median household income of $104,951 and a Great Schools score of 10. Located 21.9 minutes outside of the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn area, it’s a super-easy commute.

                          Signal Mountain, Tennessee

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                            With a population of 7,554 and a Great Schools score of 9, Signal Mountain is a good place to live. The place got its name from a promontory of land known as Signal Point and is overlooking the Tennessee River Gorge. It is near Chattanooga, a city just 22 minutes away. Average household income is $81,302.

                            Powell, Ohio

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                              A 25-minute drive from Columbus, the state capital of Ohio is a small city called Powell. This city was founded in 1801. With a population of 11, 500, it has a Great Schools score of 10. Even if it’s a small place, Powell prides itself on having the fourth-highest average household income on the list. The income is $ 133, 133.    

                              Villa Hills, Kentucky

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                                It only took fifty years to convert Villa Hills from a farmland to a quiet suburb. The standard commute time to Cincinnati is 22 minutes; a short ride. The residents have a median household income of $87,342. The place has a 7, 489 population and a score of 7 from Great Schools.

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                                Mequon, Wisconsin

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                                  Situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, Mequon prides itself with pretty Lakeshore bluffs and lots of outdoor recreation areas. The  metro of Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis is just around 22 minutes away from Mequon and it scored high on Great Schools; a 10. Mequon has a population of 23, 132 with an average household income of $106, 733.

                                  Zionsville, Indiana

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                                    Zionsville, the second-best US suburb has an ideal environment for raising families. Just under fifty percent of households are raising children below 18 years old. It’s located 23 minutes away from the metro of Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson. Here, nearly 80% of homeowners spend less than one-third of their income on housing expenses. Zionsville has a population of 14, 160 and has a Great Schools score of 10. The residents enjoy an average household income of $104,455.

                                    Mountain Brook, Alabama

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                                      Although Mountain Brook is just 17 minutes away from Birmingham-Hoover metro, we can’t see why you’d feel the desire to leave it. With an average income of $135,833, the nice community has its own school system, boast of five distinctly attractive shopping villages, and residential spaces beautifully designed by Warren Manning — the landscape planner responsible for creating New York’s Central Park. Regarding education, it garnered a score of 10 from Great Schools. Its population totals 20,413.

                                      Wyoming, Ohio

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                                        Wyoming, with a population of 8,428, has a tight-knit kind of folks and they form a community that takes home an average household income of $95,572. This town has top-notch schools scoring a 10 from Great Schools and is just a 21-minute drive from Cincinnati.

                                        Elm Grove, Wisconsin

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                                          This spectacular suburb has it all: low poverty and violent crime rates, exceptional schools (Great Schools score of 10), and a six-figure average income ($109,933). The populace, a total of 5,934, can access the downtown Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis area in just about 20 minutes, or get away from the hustle and bustle of the city at the village’s refuge of nature. This haven is a designated “Bird City,” a distinction awarded to places committed to maintaining communities a great place for people, birds, and other wildlife.

                                          Featured photo credit: Elm Groove, Wisconsin/Google Earth.com via google.com

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                                          Last Updated on May 21, 2020

                                          The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                                          The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                                          You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

                                          Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

                                          Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

                                          An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

                                          Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

                                          1. The Paleo Diet

                                          The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

                                          The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

                                          In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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                                          How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

                                          The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

                                          With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

                                          It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

                                          Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

                                          2. Whole30

                                          The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

                                          With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

                                          During the month you are eliminating:

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                                          • sugar
                                          • alcohol
                                          • legumes
                                          • grains
                                          • dairy
                                          • soy

                                          Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

                                          At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

                                          Finding Out How Food Impacts You

                                          Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

                                          With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

                                          This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

                                          3. The Mediterranean Diet

                                          The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

                                          For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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                                          With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

                                          • Fruits & vegetables
                                          • Whole grains
                                          • Legumes & nuts
                                          • Replacing butter with olive oil
                                          • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
                                          • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
                                          • Moderate amounts of red wine

                                          Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

                                          Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

                                          With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

                                          4. The Alkaline Diet

                                          The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

                                          The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

                                          Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

                                          The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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                                          People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

                                          One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

                                          Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

                                          There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

                                          The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

                                          What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

                                          The Big Takeaway:

                                          Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

                                          Featured photo credit: Dan Gold via unsplash.com

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