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Ranking the nation's big cities

The charty below shows how cities with 250,000 people or more and their home counties ranked overall according to seven key quality of life indicators included in data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Plain Dealer rated cities from best to worst in each category, then added the rankings. A city's overall rank was based on its total score - the lower the total score, the better the quality of life for residents of that city and its home county, according to the analysis.
RankCity (County)PopulationMedian household incomeRank incomeCollege educatedRank college educatedHomeownersRank homeownersSpends less than 30% of income on mortgageRank mortgageSpends less than 30% of income on rentRank rentBelow poverty levelRank povertyCommute timeRank commute time
1Minneapolis (Hennepin), Mn1,087,984$53,249838.41066.51160.4564.938.0821.316
2St. Paul (Ramsey), Mn493,509$49,4641437.91164.71857.7768.817.9720.28
3*St. Louis (St Louis), Mo997,029$50,5321237.81275.2154.31864.145.9222.222
4Raleigh (Wake), NC608,654$56,338544.8366.11466.2158.0279.21223.429
5Virginia Beach (Virginia Beach), Va.417,574$50,2011329.32867.3861.1459.3206.7322.927
6Aurora (Arapahoe) Co483,120$51,0471136.21465.11762.1357.9284.6125.240
7Wichita (Sedgwick), Ks.446,591$41,8952926.14167.9656.51260.61510.82417.01
8Anchorage (Anchorage), Ak253,269$54,252629.22961.42962.1250.9527.2618.25
8Charlotte (Mecklenburg), NC680,042$46,8611938.6963.32057.01060.31710.21824.236
10Omaha (Douglas), Ne451,878$41,3393431.02163.32154.91460.51610.92618.04
11*Baltimore (Baltimore), Md736,652$48,8581630.22268.4548.63963.456.9525.947
12San Jose (Santa Clara), Ca.1,652,871$76,752141.9559.33848.73859.6196.8425.039
13Indianapolis (Marion), In841,758$41,5003326.73860.23358.1665.3210.11721.719
14Columbus (Franklin), Oh.1,046,872$42,0802832.71856.34257.5860.91012.43420.712
15Seattle (King), Wa1,699,415$52,6791041.3660.23251.02859.8189.61426.450
16Colorado Springs (El Paso). Co501,533$45,9012233.81760.73157.0950.7539.81520.813
17Ft. Worth-Arlington (Tarrant), Tx1,423,249$46,5922125.74661.72556.31361.768.91125.241
18Austin (Travis), Tx791,574$49,0191542.9450.35457.01155.13711.22721.417
19Tulsa (Tulsa), Ok551,211$39,8024527.13566.61054.81656.13412.03019.37
20Denver (Denver) Co541,917$41,7863035.61556.44054.61759.12210.62225.242
20Cincinnati (Hamilton), Oh826,329$39,4274630.22361.03052.92259.22110.72322.223
22Jacksonville (Duval), Fl763,204$41,3313524.25061.72654.31961.6711.52822.826
23Pittsburgh (Allegheny), Pa.1,241,049$38,8394729.42768.8442.55560.91210.42024.135
24Kansas City (Jackson), Mi.643,170$39,8634425.84366.21353.32157.63011.52922.121
25Staten Island (Richmond), Ny434,542$57,226323.75169.9246.94758.9248.41043.965
26San Francisco (San Francisco), Ca.756,976$57,259247.6235.86238.16061.589.51329.657
27Toledo (Lucas), Oh446,158$37,6915121.85766.6953.92056.23312.43517.92
28Santa Ana-Annaheim (Orange), Ca.2,803,924$56,675432.01959.13948.14053.44410.41926.248
29Buffalo (Erie), NY919,474$40,2344225.74566.21249.33553.64213.03920.611
30Nashville (Davidson), Tn545,726$37,8905029.82555.54551.92457.72912.33322.424
31Albuquerque (Bernalillo), NM546,051$38,2794929.62663.61950.43047.06112.13120.815
32Sacramento (Sacramento), Ca.1,198,004$44,3092526.34056.44152.02355.23612.63623.933
33Oakland (Alameda), Ca.1,416,006$54,142736.71355.04747.34253.64110.82530.060
34Phoenix-Mesa (Maricopa), Az3,027,366$43,0962725.14865.31654.81551.54913.64425.038
35Dallas (Dallas), Tx2,185,429$41,5893126.93652.05149.73361.5912.83725.243
36Milwaukee (Milwaukee), Wi916,054$38,5864825.74451.15348.93760.71413.54320.610
37Memphis (Shelby), Tn878,475$37,0075426.73761.62751.02755.73515.75221.418
38Houston (Harris), Tx3,358,444$41,0663826.43954.54951.52560.91113.14126.349
38Detroit (Wayne), Mi2,028,544$41,1923718.06167.7747.24358.02613.94623.832
40Las Vegas (Clark), Nv.1,356,350$43,1702617.46360.13450.43151.2519.91624.034
40Oklahoma City (Oklahoma), Ok643,454$34,9425927.43461.52848.14153.54314.14718.03
42Portland (Multnomah), Or643,798$40,0694331.12056.14349.03652.34712.93823.631
43Honolulu (Honolulu), Hi845,211$52,744928.83154.74842.95344.5648.3925.846
44San Diego (San Diego), Ca.2,716,820$47,4511729.92453.35043.15250.15412.13224.737
45Chicago (Cook), Il5,283,124$45,3012328.63259.43747.14456.73113.04031.161
46Newark (Essex), NJ770,844$46,8182029.13044.85946.94660.71313.44230.059
47Tampa (Hillsborough), Fl981,521$37,2545223.15462.92350.72953.14613.74523.630
48Tucson (Pima), Az821,712$35,4785727.53363.22249.53448.16015.25022.525
49Washington (District of Columbia)536,497$41,0473941.1839.46047.04558.72517.75528.554
50Manhattan (New York), NY1,477,358$44,4862450.9122.164#054.83920.56029.758
50Atlanta (Fulton), Ga.784,622$41,2663641.1749.05550.43251.35018.35626.951
50Corpus Christi (Nueces), Tx307,884$36,4935521.75865.41539.25751.84814.44819.06
53Cleveland (Cuyahoga), Oh1,363,800$35,8955624.74961.82444.45054.83814.54923.128
54Queens (Queens), NY2,202,506$47,2471823.65248.45734.26459.02310.52141.063
55Riverside (Riverside), Ca.1,511,034$41,0054017.56268.8351.42645.66215.25129.456
55San Antonio (Bexar), Tx1,358,420$37,0745322.25560.03545.34856.33219.15721.920
57Boston (Suffolk). Ma653,214$41,5853234.51635.96142.25653.34517.35325.745
58El Paso (El Paso), Tx666,878$28,2366315.86460.03645.04949.25523.66220.59
59Fresno (Fresno), Ca.781,740$31,1656119.15951.85242.65448.75725.56320.814
60Los Angeles-Long Beach (Los Angeles), Ca.9,344,086$40,8644125.54747.45843.25148.35917.45428.052
61Miami (Dade), Fl2,207,391$34,4496023.65355.34639.15845.06319.55828.553
62Philadelphia (Philadelphia), Pa1,462,819$29,8666218.56055.84438.85948.95622.86129.255
62New Orleans (Orleans), La467,033$27,2116526.04248.75636.56140.96528.46425.544
64Brooklyn (Kings), NY2,426,027$35,2015822.05626.56334.76254.44020.35942.464
65Bronx (Bronx), NY1,285,415$27,5476415.66520.86534.56348.65829.06540.162
# Figures not available
* CORRECTION: Because of a reporter's error, this story incorrectly indicated that data for St. Louis and Baltimore were used in ranking the nation's big cities and their home counties on seven quality-of-life indicators. For these two places, however, the figures published included only suburbs. The cities have separated from the counties that bear their names. However, if the data for the cities and their surrounding counties were combined, both would slip in their ratings, which were based on income, college education level, homeownership, poverty and the amount of a paycheck that goes to rent or mortgage. St. Louis would maintain a strong showing, dropping from third to 10th best among the nation's 65 largest cities. But with figures from the urban city added, Baltimore would fall from 11th to 54th. The changes would have little effect on Cleveland, which would move up one spot to 52nd. END.
SOURCE: Plain Dealer analysis of Census 2000 Supplemental Survey data.

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