Money Magazine names Mason a ‘Best Place to Live’

Mason has been named the seventh best place to live in the country by Money Magazine.

The magazine’s “Top 50 Places to Live in America” is based on job growth, schools, health care, economic strength, crime affordability, diversity and a strong sense of community. Towns and cities with a population of 10,000 to 50,000 were ranked for the September 2013 issue of the magazine.

Mason first made the list at number 81 in 2007. The city climbed to number 24 in 2011.

“We are thrilled to be in the top 10,” Mason Mayor David Nichols said. “The ranking validates our strategy of having economic development drive community growth, stability, and benefits. We couldn’t have done it without our wonderful residents, schools, and local businesses who contribute so much to the community. This is an award for all of us.”

In commenting on their ranking, Money stated, “At the helm is Mayor David Nichols … he has helped bring several new employers to town — where they join an already impressive list of firms like Procter & Gamble and Mitsubishi.” Money noted that those jobs, plus Mason’s proximity to Cincinnati and Dayton, attract a diverse workforce. “The schools are among Ohio’s best,” the magazine added.

Mason has a population of 31,761 and has an average home price medium of $176,500, according to Money Magazine.

Money Magazine’s Top Ten are:

  1. Sharon, MA
  2. Louisville, CO
  3. Vienna, VA
  4. Chanhassen, MN
  5. Sherwood, OR
  6. Berkeley Heights, NJ
  7. Mason, Ohio
  8. Papillion, NE
  9. Apex, NC
  10. West Goshen Township, PA

The only other Ohio cities to make the list are Twinsburg (No. 38) with a population of 18,636 and a home price median of $159,900; and Solon (No. 42) with a population of 23,012 and a home price median of $211,500.

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