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About Sperling's Best Places

Thanks for visiting our web site. For over sixteen years, I´ve been analyzing data about people and places, and rating them for major publications. Our goal is to provide you with a new level of accurate and up-to-date information, in a useful and entertaining format.


In 1985, Bert Sperling developed a software program named "Places, U.S.A." which allowed people to enter their personal preferences to find their own best place. is a natural extension of our work over the last fifteen years regarding demographics, preferences, and the selection of "Best Places" to live, work, or retire.

Sperling's concepts and methodology have been the basis of numerous studies since 1985. Today, Fast Forward, Inc. (the producer of is responsible for more "Best Places" studies and projects than any other single organization.