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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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                                          8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

                                          8 Benefits of a Minimalist Lifestyle That Get You to Live With Less

                                          Minimalism is a way to put a stop to the gluttony of the world around us. It’s the opposite of every advertisement we see plastered on the radio and TV. We live in a society that prides itself on the accumulation of stuff; we eat up consumerism, material possessions, clutter, debt, distractions and noise.

                                          What we don’t seem to have is any meaning left in our world.

                                          By adopting a minimalist lifestyle, you can throw out what you don’t need in order to focus on what you do need.

                                          I know first hand how little we actually need to survive. I was fortunate enough to live in a van for four months while traveling throughout Australia. This experience taught me valuable lessons about what really matters and how little we really need all this stuff we surround ourselves with.

                                          Less is more.

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                                          Living a minimalist lifestyle is reducing.There are a few obvious benefits of minimalism such as less cleaning and stress, a more organized household and more money to be found, but there are also a few deep, life-changing benefits.

                                          What we don’t usually realize is that when we reduce, we reduce a lot more than just stuff.

                                          Consider just some of the benefits of living with fewer possessions:

                                          1. Create Room for What’s Important

                                          When we purge our junk drawers and closets we create space and peace. We lose that claustrophobic feeling and we can actually breathe again. Create the room to fill up our lives with meaning instead of stuff.

                                          2. More Freedom

                                          The accumulation of stuff is like an anchor, it ties us down. We are always terrified of losing all our ‘stuff’. Let it go and you will experience a freedom like never before: a freedom from greed, debt, obsession and overworking.

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                                          3. Focus on Health and Hobbies

                                          When you spend less time at Home Depot trying unsuccessfully to keep up with the Joneses, you create an opening to do the things you love, things that you never seem to have time for.

                                          Everyone is always saying they don’t have enough time, but how many people really stop and look at what they are spending their time doing?

                                          You could be enjoying a day with your kids, hitting up the gym, practicing yoga, reading a good book or traveling. Whatever it is that you love you could be doing, but instead you are stuck at Sears shopping for more stuff.

                                          4. Less Focus on Material Possessions

                                          All the stuff we surround ourselves with is merely a distraction, we are filling a void. Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy comfort. After the initial comfort is satisfied, that’s where our obsession with money should end.

                                          We are bombarded by the media presenting promises of happiness through materialistic measures. It’s no wonder we struggle everyday. Resist those urges. It’s an empty path, it won’t make you happy.

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                                          It’s hard not to get roped into the consumerism trap. I need constant reminders that it’s a false sense of happiness. I enjoy stuff, but I also recognize that I don’t need it.

                                          5. More Peace of Mind

                                          When we cling onto material possessions we create stress because we are always afraid of losing these things. By simplifying your life you can lose your attachment to these things and ultimately create a calm, peaceful mind.

                                          The less things you have to worry about, the more peace you have, and it’s as simple as that.

                                          6. More Happiness

                                          When de-cluttering your life, happiness naturally comes because you gravitate towards the things that matter most. You see clearly the false promises in all the clutter, it’s like a broken shield against life’s true essence.

                                          You will also find happiness in being more efficient, you will find concentration by having refocused your priorities, you will find joy by enjoying slowing down.

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                                          7. Less Fear of Failure

                                          When you look at Buddhist monks, they have no fear, and they have no fear because they don’t have anything to lose.

                                          In whatever you wish to pursue doing you can excel, if you aren’t plagued with the fear of losing all your worldly possessions. Obviously you need to take the appropriate steps to put a roof over your head, but also know that you have little to fear except fear itself.

                                          8. More Confidence

                                          The entire minimalist lifestyle promotes individuality and self reliance. This will make you more confident in your pursuit of happiness.

                                          What’s Next? Go Minimalism.

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