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Where are the best places to live in the United States?

Monumental new book ranks cities for desirability

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Before you move to a new town, first read the outstanding new book, "Cities Ranked and Rated," by Bert Sperling and Peter Sander. It is sure to open your eyes to considerations most people don't evaluate when moving to unfamiliar areas. However, if you are looking for the ideal, perfect place to work or retire, this book won't reveal it. Instead it provides cold, hard statistics and lets the reader learn all they can in concise summaries about each city under consideration. Purchase Bob Bruss reports online. Sperling and Sander explain their book follows the "80-20 rule," focusing on 20 percent of the total places that represent 80 percent of the most popular choices. They rank 331 U.S. metropolitan areas, 27 Canadian metropolitan areas and 45 "emerging" U.S. metropolitan areas. The rankings are based on composite scores of nine statistical attributes plus one subjective appraisal on quality of life. Then the authors apply compensating adjustments so one bad factor, such as harsh ...