MANSFIELD -- Mansfield has caught the eye of Money Magazine again, being ranked in the Top 100 Best Places to Live for the third time.
The city is No. 28 this year on the magazine's list of best small cities -- populations between 50,000 and 300,000 -- based on job opportunities, schools, crime rate, housing costs and quality of life.
"I think it's great for the city to be recognized," Mayor David Cook said. "It's evidence of the city working together and the council's use of hotel-motel tax working with the festivals."
Money Magazine noted the town's community feel, location, growing tourism and schools.
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"One of the fastest-growing cities in the nation, Mansfield boasts an increasing number of jobs, a prime location about half an hour from Dallas/Fort Worth, affordable homes, and strong schools," the article, in the September issue, states.
"Meanwhile, its city-owned water park and Big League Dreams baseball complex are drawing in tourist dollars. New schools are being built [Mansfield's sixth high school is opening]. City spokespeople say they aim to preserve a small-town feel, but that might be hard: 50 percent of the land in Mansfield is still underdeveloped, so more growth is on the horizon."
Carmel, Ind., a suburb of Indianapolis, topped the 2012 list. Other Texas cities in top 50 are: McKinney, No. 2; Allen, No. 13; Flower Mound, No. 32; and Pflugerville, No. 41.
Mansfield was No. 24 on the magazine's list in 2009 and No. 83 in 2007.
In 2011, the magazine focused on towns with populations between 8,500 and 50,000, making Mansfield, population about 59,000, ineligible.
This year, the magazine started with 700 cities, first eliminating those with household incomes more than 200 percent or less than 85 percent of the state average; more than 95 percent of one race; and with poor education and crime rates. Retirement communities and those with "major job losses" also were excluded.
The remaining 360 were rated on healthcare, diversity, safety, school quality, job growth, home affordability, arts and leisure and ease of living.
"Anytime you make the list, it's a great thing," city spokeswoman Belinda Willis said. "Look at the cities on the list -- we're in great company."
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