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Little Rock tops list of "great places to live"

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LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas' capital city has been named the best small or mid-size city in the nation to live in by "Kiplinger's Personal Finance."

The ranking considered only cities with 1 million or less residents and have good jobs, reasonably priced homes, decent schools and access to great health care. The rankings appear in Kiplinger's September 2013 issue—on newsstands August 6, 2013—and available online now.

"We are pleased to receive this recognition from Kiplinger," said City Manager Bruce Moore.  "Those of us who call Little Rock home recognize it is a great city for living, working and playing....This honor is a testament to visionaries who have worked to position Little Rock as a leading city."

With its scenic beauty, diverse community, cultural offerings and key employers—including the state government and two major universities—Little Rock has the amenities of a larger city but is small enough that residents feel part of the community.


Kiplinger's "10 Great Places to Live":

1.     Little Rock, Arkansas

2.     Burlington, Vermont

3.     Bryan-College Station, Texas

4.     Santa Fe, New Mexico

5.     Columbia, South Carolina

6.     Billings, Montana

7.     Morgantown, West Virginia

8.     Ithaca, New York

9.     Anchorage, Alaska

10.  Dubuque, Iowa


"Each year we take a look at America's cities and choose those that stand out in a particular category—say, for raising a family, starting out after college or enjoying retirement," says Janet Bodnar, Editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance. "The cities in this year's rankings have a manageable size combined with a wide range of benefits that allow residents to enjoy a convenient and comfortable lifestyle."