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Bert Sperling The Guy Who Picks the Best Places to Live

9/17/2019 | In The Press

New York Times - May 6, 2007

Providence is Number 1 for Doughnuts

9/13/2019 | In The Press

Providence Journal - February 20, 2019

Public versus Private Schools

9/13/2019 | Other

Which cities use public schools the most?

Car Insurance Depends GREATLY on Where You Live

9/12/2019 | Economy, Other

See Where Your State Ranks in Car Insurance Premiums

The Ultimate State Tax Ranking

9/12/2019 | Cost of Living, Economy, Other

Which States have the highest OVERALL taxes? - plus Climate Visualization Video

States with the Highest Income Tax and New Crime Risk Indexes

9/12/2019 | Crime, Economy, Other

State Income Tax Index for the 50 States and the District of Columbia, from highest to lowest.

New One Click Comprehensive Data Downloads

9/12/2019 | Other

Now you can download the full BestPlaces set of data for any city, county or zip code, and save them to your computer for easy, offline comparison in an Excel or Numbers spreadsheet.

Data Refresh Sitewide Update of Most Popular Data

9/12/2019 | Other

Update to our major categories of demographics, population growth, income distribution, race and ethnicity, education, marital and family status, housing, occupations and industries, employment, and commuting categories

Adding Search and Map Browsing to Mobile App

9/12/2019 | Other

Mobile App Improvements

Launch of the BestPlaces Mobile App

9/12/2019 | Other

Compare the place you're in right now to other places in the U.S, and save your favorite places for continued research.

Moving Guide

9/12/2019 | Cost of Living, Climate & Weather, Other

Be well-informed before your move and do the necessary research before packing up

How to Play the BestPlaces Board Game

9/12/2019 | Other

Game Boy Geek Video

The Best Places to Move in Retirement Are All Over the Map

9/12/2019 | In The Press

New York Times - May 5, 2017

Minnesota is Fun City USA

9/12/2019 | In The Press

New York Times - October 29, 2003

Seattle is Number 1 Hygge City in America

9/12/2019 | In The Press

Seattle Times - January 17, 2018

Customize Your Own Personal Estimated Taxes

9/11/2019 | Cost of Living, Economy

Enter your specific details and compare all the major tax categories (income, sales, property, motor vehicle)

Using the BestPlaces Mobile App

9/11/2019 | Other

Case-study walkthrough and tutorial

Where Hurricanes Strike

9/11/2019 | Climate & Weather

Stunning visualization of U.S. regions most at risk from hurricanes

Best States for LGBTQ Rights

9/10/2019 | Politics & Voting, Other

States that offer the most LGBTQ legal protection

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