(HOOVER) - Hoover, Alabama, has been ranked as one of "America's 50 Best Cities to Live". From 24/7 Wall Street:
Hoover is located roughly 10 miles outside of Birmingham. The city ranked among the safest in the U.S., with a violent crime rate of just 104.5 incidents per 100,000 people. Also, just 5.7% of people in Hoover lived below the poverty line, versus 15.9% nationally.
While the typical household earned more than $70,000 — far higher than the national median — the cost of living was in line with national averages. The unemployment rate was only 3.8% in 2013, lower than in all but eight cities reviewed.
Hoover also offers residents many amenities. In addition to eight museums, nine theater companies and more than 20 golf courses in Jefferson County, the city has many natural parks and community playgrounds. The Birmingham Zoo is also a short distance away.
Americans take into account different factors when choosing where to live. For some, the quality of schools is important. For others, the strength of the local economy or personal safety takes priority.
To determine America’s best cities to live in, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed data on the 550 cities with populations of 65,000 or more as measured by the U.S. Census Bureau. Based on a range of variables, including crime rates, employment growth, educational attainment, and housing affordability, 24/7 Wall St. identified America’s 50 Best Cities to Live.