Talent Wars Podcast: What Makes a Place Livable? Insights from Livability

July 09, 2024
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On this episode of Talent Wars, host Patience Fairbrother is joined by Amanda Ellis, Editor in Chief at Livability, a media company dedicated to providing information about the best places to live, work, and visit in the United States.

Livability has been publishing its “Top 100 Best Places to Live in the U.S.” list annually since 2014. This list is widely recognized and has become a trusted resource for individuals and families considering relocation. Join Amanda and Patience as they delve into the methodology behind the rankings, standout cities and the crucial roles of affordability and community in fostering livability. Tune in for insights on: 

  • Why Livability’s list focuses on smaller to mid-sized cities with a population between 75,000 and 500,000. 
  • Insights into Livability’s selection methodologies, which includes over 100 data points divided into eight categories, such as economy, housing, amenities, transportation, environment, safety, education, and health. 
  • How affordability and community play a significant role in making a place livable, along with a few other key resources and needs.  
  • Commentary on the success of midsize places in the Midwest and Southeast, and why their cities are predicted to be featured on future lists. 




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Written by

Patience Fairbrother

Vice President, Talent Attraction