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National Magazine Selects White Plains As 48th Best Place In U.S.

MONEY Magazine ranked White Plains as the 48th Best Place to Live in America.
MONEY Magazine ranked White Plains as the 48th Best Place to Live in America. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- White Plains was selected by MONEY magazine as the 48th Best Place to Live in America in the 2014 edition of its popular list.

McKinney, Texas, was No. 1 on the list. The only other New York towns in the top 50 were Clarkstown (seventh) and Amherst (35th). Fairfield, Conn., ranked 44th.

The magazine chose the 50 best municipalities throughout the nation with populations of 50,000 to 300,000 using 50 factors, including local economy, housing market and schools. Click here for the complete list.

“White Plains used to be known solely for its vast office complexes, with a downtown that had little to offer once workers filtered out at 5 pm,’’ MONEY reported in its article. “Nowadays, the streets are filled in the evening hours with folks who come to shop at the upscale Galleria, dine at the City Center or catch a show at the White Plains Center for Performing Arts.”

The story mentioned White Plains’ proximity to New York City, and its local businesses, such as Heineken USA and ITT. Attractions in White Plains, such as the Cranberry Lake Preserve and Saxon Woods Park, which has golf, swimming and more, were also mentioned in the story.

Data for White Plains' ranking included population, median family income, projected job growth, median home price, average property taxes, colleges, universities, reading test scores, and math test scores. Additional data included quality-of-life issues such as air quality index, public safety and the percentage of the population who commute, walk or bike to work.

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