Best places to live: Powell, Delaware make the list

Two Delaware County cities are listed among the top 100 places to live in the United States, according to Money Magazine.

The City of Powell checked in at No. 66 while the City of Delaware was ranked No. 71 on Money’s Best Places to Live list.

Ohio neighbors Wooster (No. 37) and West Chester (No. 56) also made the list.

According to the Money website, rankings were determined from more than 70 types of data. Following are the categories the magazine’s researchers studied for each community: economy, cost of living, education, housing, crime, amenities, and ease of living.

“This year, our methodology is as robust as ever. We gathered 170,000 data points from about 2,400 places,” said Adam Auriemma, editor-in-chief of Money. “And for the first time, we partnered with, leveraging its rich data and understanding of every housing market in the country. I’m proud that our final list … represents the best of America’s towns and cities: places that offer economic opportunity, a sense of community, and access to amenities that make life more enjoyable.”

According to data collected by Money researchers, the median home price in Powell is $230,583, and the median household income is $131,254. Projected job growth in the city is estimated at 10.6 percent. The average commute time is 25 minutes. The high school graduation rate is 98 percent. Plus, Powell enjoys 175 clear days annually. Powell was ranked 25th among best places to live in the Midwest.

“We’re excited that Money Magazine listed Powell as one of the Best Places to Live in America,” said Powell City Manager Steve Lutz. “This is a big honor and speaks to our excellent schools, amenities and safety in Powell. Although, It speaks most of all to our family-friendly community.”

Tanya Kastelic-McCarthy, executive director of the Greater Powell Area Chamber of Commerce, said the city “is a growing community that still retains a small town feel.”

“Most of the businesses in Powell are small, locally-owned businesses whose owners and employees live in the community,” she noted. “Their customers, clients, and patrons are their neighbors and friends. … Knowing your neighbors and supporting local businesses make a community strong and are what I believe to be key factors in what makes Powell a great place to live.”

Money reported that Delaware’s median home price is $230,583. The median household income is $56,370. Job growth is projected at 10.6 percent. The average commute time is 25 minutes. The high school graduation rate is 93.4 percent. Like neighboring Powell, Delaware enjoys 175 clear days per year. In the Midwest, Delaware was ranked 29th best place to live.

“We are proud to be one of America’s best towns and cities,” said Delaware Mayor Carolyn Kay Riggle. “Credit goes to our residents, our businesses and our schools for creating a community within our city. We also owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to our city employees; their pride in their work each and every day shows in this recognition.”

Fishers, Indiana, located just north of Indianapolis, earned the distinction of being ranked No. 1 on Money’s Best Places to Live list.

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By Andrew Carter

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