Venice, Fla., Paragould, Ark., Edmond, Okla., Bonita Springs, Fla., and Asheville, N.C., top the list this year of America’s Top 100 Places to Live in 2004, an annual list selected by the staff at, a Web site that offers assistance to relocating consumers who are searching for a new community to live in. staff accepts nominations for communities that they consider. All ranked communities must be represented on the Web site, and the staff considers in its rankings whether information submitted about the communities “make us want to live there,” and whether local residents are “getting involved with input and town support.”

Venice, Fla., with a population of about 17,800, has homes ranging from $100,000 to multimillion-dollar estates. Venice is situated in Sarasota County, on Florida’s southwest coast. It is 20 miles south of Sarasota and 75 miles south of Tampa.

Paragould, Ark., has a population of 22,000. The average home price in Paragould is $85,000, with prices ranging from $30,000 to $950,000. Paragould is in Greene County, in the northeast area of the state. It is about 90 miles from Memphis, Tenn., and 20 miles from Jonesboro, Ark.

Edmond, Okla., with a population of about 68,300, has houses ranging from $70,000 to more than $800,000, and homes cost $150,000 on average. Edmond is 15 minutes from Oklahoma City, Okla., and three hours away from Dallas, Texas.


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