America’s 10 Best Cities to Live and Launch a Business In

A great place to live can also be a great place to start a business.

The financial blog 24/7 Wall St. recently ranked the 50 best cities to live. They used Census Bureau data for 550 cities, including statistics on employment growth, educational attainment and housing affordability to determine which cities are at the top of the heap.

Check out the original article for pictures. Here are the top 10 cities to live (and also start a business):

10. Johns Creek, Georgia

Median income: $100,478
2013 Unemployment rate: 6.50%
Median home value: $337,900
Average commute: 30.3 minutes

9. Flower Mound, Texas

Median income: $113,683
2013 Unemployment rate: 2013: 5.30%
Median home value: $277,900
Average commute: 25.9 minutes

8. Cary, North Carolina

Median income: $86,151
2013 Unemployment rate: 4.80%
Median home value: $298,200
Average commute: 22.1 minutes

7. Troy, Michigan

Median income: $81,800
2013 Unemployment rate: 7.00%
Median home value: $203,940000
Average commute: 23.5 minutes

6. Irvine, California

Median income: $96,278
2013 Unemployment rate: 4.70%
Median home value: $630,400
Average commute: 25.9 minutes

5. Evanston, Illinois

Median income: $68,169
2013 Unemployment rate: 7.20%
Median home value: $360,900
Average commute: 28.4 minutes

4. Pleasanton, California

Median income: :$112,665
2013 Unemployment rate: 3.70%
Median home value: $694,300
Average commute: 28.9 minutes

3. Mountain View, California

Median income: $91,422
2013 Unemployment rate: 5.00%
Median home value: $749,000
Average commute: 20.46 minutes

2. Bellevue, Washington

Median income: $91,449
2013 Unemployment rate: 4.70%
Median home value: $507,600
Average commute: 22.6 minutes

1. Newton, Massachusetts

Median household income: $125,642
2013 Unemployment rate: 4.80%
Median home value: $689,900
Average commute: 26.4 minutes

OK Now, Why Did We Write This Article and Why is St Joseph, Michigan the Feature Image at the Top?

FAIRPROMESS is a new startup business. While our World  Headquarters is in Nice, France; our United States operation will be headquartered in St Joseph.

Median income: $49,982
2013 Unemployment rate: 10.5%
Median home value: $175,000
Average commute: 17 minutes

Lighthouses in St Joseph, Michigan
Lighthouses in St Joseph, Michigan

Main Street in St Joseph
Main Street in St Joseph

Welcome to the Riviera of the Midwest

St. Joseph is carefully nestled on the southern tip of what has been termed “The Riviera of the Midwest.” This deepwater port town is a growing resort community – part of a “small town” chain stretching from the state line in a spectacular arc along Lake Michigan. The lakeshore is peppered with remarkable sand dune formations and lined further inland with a lush countryside that produces some of the nation’s finest orchards and vineyards. It is the largest non-citrus fruit growing region in the nation.

Located just 90 miles from downtown Chicago, St. Joseph is a quaint community situated within the larger Benton Harbor/St. Joseph MSA. The City of St. Joseph has continually operated at full economic capacity.

St. Joseph is the county seat for Berrien County, a distinction maintained since 1894. St. Joseph has prospered over the years by encouraging a balanced mix of industrial, commercial, and residential development.

St. Joseph has become well known for its beautiful location along Lake Michigan, its quality public school system, its health care system, its beaches, parks, and other natural amenities, and its affluent community. The presence of many large corporations causes the city’s population to triple during the average workday. St. Joseph has become the ideal location for many second-home buyers, with a strong attraction from the Chicago area.

Tourists come to St. Joseph every year by the tens of thousands to enjoy the beaches, Lake Michigan, the St. Joseph River, downtown shopping, festivals and more. Silver Beach County Park in downtown St. Joseph attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, and the number of visitors continues to grow. Annual festivals in St. Joseph continue to draw increasing numbers of tourists to the community.

Sea Gull Harbor in St Joseph Michigan
Sea Gull Harbor in St Joseph Michigan

WHAT IS FAIRPROMISE?

Fairpromise is the next generation social network based on the people’s social commitment, aiming to become a top 3 social network and a complement for Facebook and Twitter. Fairpromise is an action engine which transforms promises (ideas, dreams, concepts) into actions. Fairpromise reduces the gap between people’s expectancies and reality and offers them a platform for accomplishments and achievements of realistic goals providing innovative project and risk management tools made extremely simple to improve their daily activities (users from 5 to 100 years old targeted differently according to their age, location).

Fairpromise is a free site promoting in a playful way justice, responsibility, fair play and educational values. Fairpromise is a personal, professional, political and social barometer.

Watch a video about Fairpromise

Lake Michigan Sunset
Lake Michigan Sunset

 

 

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