WalletHub grouped small cities by percentile based on various factors of livability.
A new study from WalletHub graded the best small cities in America, and Manassas made the cut. WalletHub, a personal finance site, released its 2019 Best Small Cities in America list this week, which only included metros with populations between 25,000 and 100,000.The list compared more than 1,200 cities across the nation based on 42 key indicators of liveability, including home ownership rate, the number of performing arts centers in the area, job growth and more. Each relevant metric was listed with its corresponding weight and the cities were subsequently graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the maximum small city experience.Manassas fared well in a few categories, such as quality of life and economic health, earning it a spot in the 78th percentile overall for best small cities in the United States.
Here are some rankings earned by the city, according to the list:
- Total Score: 63.66
- Affordability: 583
- Economic Health: 316
- Education & Health: 540
- Quality of Life: 253
- Safety: 315
Leawood, Kansas, ranked as the best small city in the nation, according to WalletHub, followed by Brentwood, Tennessee and Sammamish, Washington.
Bessemer, Alabama finished as the worst small city in the United States.”Small-city life can be best for those who appreciate more wiggle room, fewer degrees of separation and shorter commutes, to name just a few advantages,” authors of the WalletHub study said.
Here are the top 10 overall small cities in the country:
1. Leawood, Kansas: 71.98
2. Brentwood, Tennessee: 71.53
3. Sammamish, Washington: 71.34
4. Melrose, Massachusetts: 70.7
5. Carmel, Indiana: 70.59
6. Lexington, Massachusetts: 70.55
7. Milton, Massachusetts: 70.46
8. Brookfield, Wisconsin: 70.38
9. Fair Lawn, New Jersey: 70.25
10. Cedar Park, Texas: 69.98