U.S. News & World Report Ranks Chicago Metro Area 83rd ‘Best Place To Live’

From a U.S. News & World Report press release on February 7:

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, today unveiled the 2017 Best Places to Live in the United States. The new list ranks the country’s 100 largest metropolitan areas based on affordability, job prospects and quality of life…

(Editor’s note: Bold added for emphasis)

Predictably, the Chicago metro area made the list.

Somewhat surprising is how far down it was:

Chicago, IL
#83 in Best Places to Live
6.1 Overall Score
5.9 Quality of Life
6.1 Value

Scores are out of a possible 10.

Nearby metropolitan areas that ranked higher than the “Second City” included:

#18 Madison, Wisconsin
#19 Grand Rapids, Michigan
#47 Milwaukee, Wisconsin
#55 Indianapolis, Indianapolis

According to the press release:

The 2017 Best Places to Live were determined in part by a public survey of thousands of individuals across the U.S. to find out what qualities they consider important in a home town. The methodology also factors in data from the United States Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as U.S. News rankings of the Best High Schools and Best Hospitals…

You can see the full rankings list here on the U.S. News website.

By Christopher E. Hill
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Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 Employment, Housing No Comments

Indianapolis Residents Arm Themselves As Home Invasions And Robberies Rise

“The first occurred on Oct. 24, when two homeowners were assaulted, their home ransacked and their vehicle stolen in a home invasion in the 7000 block of North Spring Mill Road.

Five days later, a home invasion in the 800 block of East 79th Street was carried out by as many as four men, who shot a woman, sexually assaulted her and her adult daughter and stole three vehicles.

Those cases were among at least eight home invasions in the Indianapolis area since mid-September in which residents were terrorized, shot or stabbed.”

The Indianapolis Star website, November 9, 2013

Even though I have family right next door in northern Indiana I don’t get over there too often. I stumbled across the following from RTV6 further south in the state in Indianapolis, where recent robberies and home invasions are fueling gun sales, training, and carry-permit applications among worried residents. Tanya Spencer reported on the website of the ABC affiliate:

The recent increase in home break-ins and robberies has led to a surge in gun sales.

The owner of Indy Trading Post said more people are buying guns, applying for carry permits and signing up for gun safety courses.

“We’ve seen a large increase in people coming in that have been in those areas where the home invasions have taken place,” owner Brian Ludlow said…

“Gun Sales Surge After Recent Home Robberies”
RTV6 Video

Anyone think a similar scenario is ultimately in store for Chicago the way things are going?

Yeah, me too.

By Christopher E. Hill, Editor
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Monday, November 11th, 2013 Crime, Firearms, Public Safety, Self-Defense, Training No Comments
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