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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 October 5, 2020

                                          Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                                          Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                                          Intermittent fasting weight loss is a type of diet that’s rapidly growing in popularity and becoming the way to lose weight. Scientists and nutrition experts like it, too. New books and articles on the topic are being published daily. Intermittent fasting is also popular with followers of the Paleo diet since our ancestors appear to have eaten this way for thousands of years.

                                          I’ve been following this type of diet myself for 2 years. Doing so helped me lose and keep off 70 pounds without ever having to count calories, limit carbohydrates, or eat 6 to 7 meals a day.

                                          This article teaches you all about intermittent fasting weight loss and details why it is one of the best weight loss diet hacks around. Once you finish, you will be able to implement into your diet and experience the benefits it offers almost immediately.

                                          What Is Intermittent Fasting?

                                          As you may have figured from its name, intermittent fasting weight loss is a diet plan where you set fasting periods during the day. This is usually between 16-20 consecutive hours, but it can be as little as 12 hours or as much as 24 hours (or even 36 hours).

                                          While fasting you can eat and drink low calorie or calorie-free foods. Think coffee, tea, water, and vegetables.

                                          The more time you spend fasting every day, the better your results. You can do these fasts as often as you like. Again, the more often you do so, the better[1].

                                          Getting Started With Intermittent Fasting

                                          Following this diet plan is super simple. All you have to do is choose a period of time during the day that you will fast. This should be between 16-20 hours.

                                          The longer you fast each day, the better. Don’t worry about calorie restriction or measuring carbohydrates. Just focus on going about your day until it’s time to eat.

                                          It’s best to choose a set period of time to conduct your fast. I like to fast from 8 PM to 4 PM the following afternoon. I’ll then have my first meal of the day and a snack or two a few hours later. Once 8 o’clock rolls around, it’s back to fasting.

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                                          My experience with intermittent fasting is that it’s best to start with a 16 hour fast (i.e. 8PM one evening to 12PM the next day) for the first 1-2 weeks. Once you are comfortable with this schedule, you can increase the amount of time you spend fasting. Do this by adding 30 minutes to each fast until you get to where you are fasting for 20 hours at a time.

                                          You don’t have to fast every day in the beginning either. You may be more comfortable breaking in slowly with 2 or 3 days per week, or trying alternate day fasting. Add additional days of intermittent fasting as you become more comfortable with this style of eating.

                                          Tips To Make Intermittent Fasting Easier

                                          1. Drink Plenty of Water

                                          Squeeze a little lemon or lime juice into your water to help get rid of any cravings you experience. You can also drink coffee, tea, or other calorie-free beverages. After a few weeks, you will find that intermittent fasting keeps you from craving sugar entirely.

                                          2. Take in Caffeine in the Morning and Early Afternoon

                                          The caffeine in coffee and tea may actually make intermittent fasting weight loss a little easier since it’s good for curbing your appetite. Be careful not to overindulge as this may lead to you feeling a little too wired. I also recommend these natural energy boosting tips to keep you going during the day.

                                          3. Avoid Artificially Flavored Drinks

                                          One type of calorie-free drink that should be avoided are diet sodas and other beverages that use artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Sweet & Low. Studies show that the can actually stimulate your appetite[2] like a drink that contains sugar and cause you to overeat.

                                          4. Don’t Gorge at Your First Meal

                                          The first meal after your fast should be the amount of food you typically eat. Binging will only make you feel awful and diminish the benefits you get from the fast.

                                          To avoid this, try creating meal plans, at least for the first few weeks. This will help you get into the rhythm of eating regularly portioned meals during your eating window.

                                          5. Minimize Processed Carbohydrates and Sugars

                                          While intermittent fasting does make it possible to eat a little looser than normal, you should still eat as little bread, pasta, rice, etc. as possible.

                                          Focus instead on eating protein from beef, fish, or pork, carbohydrates from vegetables, fruit, and sweet potatoes, and healthy fats from foods like almonds, avocados, fish, and olive oil.

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                                          You can find some carb sources that will aid your weight loss journey here.

                                          How Intermittent Fasting Helps You Lose Weight

                                          Eating this way has many benefits with regard to weight loss. The first is that when you’re fasting, your body will be forced to use its stored body fat for energy. Burning calories this way, instead of from the food you’re eating throughout the day, will help you experience significant weight loss, but specifically lose weight from any excess body fat you’re carrying.

                                          This means that you won’t just be thinner, but you will also look better and be much healthier than if you lose weight the old-fashioned way[3].

                                          Intermittent fasting can help optimize the release of the key fat-burning hormones in your body. This is especially true for the two most important hormones: human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin.

                                          Human growth hormone plays a key role in turning on your body’s fat-burning furnace so that it gets the calories you need to work and play from stored body fat. Studies show that fasting can significantly increase the production of HGH[4].

                                          The influence intermittent fasting weight loss has on insulin is just as impressive and possibly more important. Keeping your insulin levels low and steady is key to losing excess fat and keeping it off.

                                          Diets that are rich in processed carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice) and simple sugars (candy, cookies, and soda) have the opposite effect. They cause your insulin levels to rapidly spike and then crash every time you eat one of these foods. The net result of this phenomenon is that your body will store more of what you eat as excess body fat instead of burning it off as energy.

                                          Chronically elevating your insulin levels like this can also lead to the development of type II diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems. Intermittent fasting easily solves this problem.

                                          One study found that men who participated in intermittent fasting had “dramatically lower insulin levels and significantly improved insulin sensitivity”[5].

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                                          This happens because you’re not giving your body food, so it will not produce insulin, allowing insulin levels to balance out until you eat again. This helps your body stay in a calorie and fa-burning state. You’ll also find that it gives you more energy throughout the day.

                                          Another great weight loss benefit of intermittent fasting is that hunger pangs and cravings that may normally plague you throughout the day will be reduced, if not altogether eliminated. This is probably due to its ability to balance your insulin and blood sugar levels and, in turn, help correct other hormonal imbalances.

                                          Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss FAQs

                                          Now that you know what intermittent fasting is and how to get started, it’s time to answer your other questions.

                                          Below are answers to the questions frequently asked about intermittent fasting. These answers should help you and make getting started a lot easier.

                                          How Much Weight Will I Lose?

                                          The amount of weight you lose with fasting is determined by how often and long your fasts are, what you eat afterward, and other factors. Fasting for 16-20 hours a day can help you safely lose 2-3 pounds of fat every week.

                                          While losing this much weight every week is great, it’s how it makes it happen that’s really cool. Losing weight with intermittent fasting means that you will never have to count calories or plan and prepare several meals a day.

                                          Can I Work out While Fasting?

                                          Yes, you can. In fact, doing the right type of workout while fasting will help you lose weight faster and even build muscle.

                                          The best workouts to do while fasting for weight loss are 3-4 intense strength training workouts weekly. This means anything from standard strength training to kettlebell or body weight workouts.

                                          Focus on doing 3-4 total body exercises per workout with as little rest as possible between sets. Doing this will help you burn more calories during and after your workout. You’ll also build muscle, which will help you look and feel better as the weight comes off.

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                                          Won’t I Lose Muscle When I Fast?

                                          First of all, you aren’t fasting long enough for your body to start breaking down muscle for energy. You have, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of calories from your stored body fat to use before that will begin to happen. Studies actually show that even after fasting for 3 days, no muscle is lost.

                                          Is Fasting Safe?

                                          As long as you are healthy, not pregnant, and aren’t taking medications, fasting is safe. Like all diets, you should discuss it with your doctor before beginning an intermittent fasting style of dieting.

                                          I also feel that it may not be smart to follow this type of diet when you’re especially stressed. Since this diet can be a little stress-inducing at first, doing so when your ability to be relatively stress-free and rested probably isn’t a good idea.

                                          Are There Any Supplements I Can Take to Make Fasting Easier?

                                          As with any other weight loss plan, it’s a good idea to take a few nutritional supplements to ensure that your daily requirements are met. This includes a once or twice daily multi-vitamin, fish oil, and vitamin D.

                                          I’ve also found taking 10 grams of branch chain amino acids before and after my workouts really helps, too. They’re great for giving you more energy during your workout and decreasing post-workout muscle soreness.

                                          For supplements to specifically help with digestion, check out this article.

                                          Conclusion

                                          Now you know what intermittent fasting is and how it can help you lose weight quickly, safely, and pretty much effortlessly.

                                          If you want to give it a try, find a fasting schedule that fits with you lifestyle and give it a go.

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