The Livability.com editors have broad experience studying and writing about the factors that make a city a great place to live and work. But we wanted other perspectives as well. So, they once again partnered with the research team at the Martin Prosperity Institute. The institute, directed by Richard Florida, is part of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and is the leading think tank on the role of location, place and city-regions in global economic prosperity.
They analyzed more than 40 data points that were then grouped into eight categories: economics, housing, amenities, infrastructure, demographics, social and civic capital, education and health care. Sources included the best public and private data available from organizations like the U.S. Census Bureau, Walk Score, GreatSchools.com and Esri.
The eight scores were weighted based on an exclusive survey conducted for Livability.com by Ipsos Public Affairs, a leading global market research firm. Respondents were asked about factors that make communities better places to live, as well as the factors they would weigh in selecting another city. More than 2,000 cities with populations between 20,000 and 350,000 were considered in their ranking.
“The cities at the top of the list were often home to a major institution like a university, hospital or state capital,” says Matt Carmichael, Livability’s editor. “Institutions like that help these smaller cities compete in terms of sports, culture, jobs and entertainment.”
Populated with numerous parks, cultural institutions and historic architecture, Santa Clara offers residents an amazing package of amenities. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara’s economy is steady, driven by technology firms and Santa Clara University. A pleasant, mild climate allows residents to take advantage of great recreational activities.