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Monday, July 17, 2006

What about the insufferability index?

NEWTON

As if Newton didnít have enough to brag about. After being designated the safest mid-size city in the country several times in recent years, the Garden City has been named in MONEY magazineís new issue as one of the 100 best places to live in the US.

The magazine ranked Newton 22nd out of 100, just behind Bellevue, Wash. and just in front of Sandy, Utah.

The magazineís survey took into account economic factors such as job growth and affordability; quality-of-life indicators including the risk of violent crime and property crime, the quality of public schools, arts and leisure opportunities, park space and the incidence of stress-related ailments; and "ease of living" gauges such as commute times, divorce rates, population density and weather.

Perhaps the most surprising finding of the study was that Newton was the only Massachusetts city or town to make it. Iowa, by contrast, has three cities on the list. Texas has 10. New Jersey has five.

Yeah, right...

-- Ralph Ranalli

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