Arlington, Chesapeake, Va. Beach, ranked among "America’s Best Places"

In its first ranking of ‘really great places to live in the U.S.,” Business Week named Arlington, Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach to its top 50.

Arlington (ranked #2): “The area is highly educated, with more than two-thirds of the population holding a college degree. Arlington has a median income of $93,806, low levels of foreclosures, and the lowest unemployment among cities we ranked.”

(Note: Honolulu was ranked #3!)

Virginia Beach (ranked #8): “Endless miles of sandy beaches and a happening three-mile boardwalk, along with thousands of acres of parks…”

Chesapeake (ranked #21): “[B]road acres of parks, highly ranked schools, and great air quality. Denizens of the city are generally well-to-do, with low unemployment and few folk under the poverty line.

Other tidbits:

Raleigh, N.C., was named the mostest bestest place to live, and Washington, D.C., was number 6 on the list for “great bars, endless restaurants for hobnobbing, and some of the best museums on the planet,” despite “the second-highest level of violent crime on this list and a poverty level that nears one in five citizens.”

Click here to see the whole list and slideshow.

About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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