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Dickinson Named a Top 100 Best Small Town, 2015 by Livability.com
Post Date: Jun 01 2015
livability_socialbadge_Dickinson.jpgDickinson has been named a Top 100 Best Small Town, 2015 by Livability.com.  
Located near the rugged, rocky badlands of North Dakota, the town of Dickinson is experiencing a surge in new residents, businesses and amenities. Dickinson's population grew immensely in the past several years. A proliferation of jobs in the energy development sector, coupled with gains in manufacturing, tourism and agriculture continue to attract people.
To create the Top 100 Best Small Town 2015 list, Livability.com used a modified version of the robust methodology they developed with the Martin Prosperity Institute for their annual Livability 100. They examined more than 40 data points each for more than 12,000 towns. While Livability.com’s overall Top 100 Best Places to live focuses on cities with populations 20,000 and 350,000, this list of Top Small Towns showcases the cities too small to qualify for that list. These scores were weighted based on an exclusive survey conducted for Livability by the leading global market research firm, Ipsos Public Affairs. These cities and towns allow for the tight-knit communities key to small-town living coupled with the amenities you’d expect in larger cities.
Livability.com focused on four guiding principles:
Start with the basics: A city needs good schools, hospitals, airports and infrastructure, low crime, and a good climate. Then add amenities like parks, golf courses, farmers markets, and arts and culture. Finally, the natural and built environment are factors as well.
Affordability is about more than just cost. Income comes into play, too. They layered Several variables are layered, relating to spending on broad categories like housing, transportation, health care and food, as well as data about income to ensure they were finding cities where livability isn't a luxury but is the norm.
The more options a city offers, the more it can be livable for everyone. For example, by looking at the percentage of commuters who don't drive alone, it is gauged if there are transportation options. Cities were rewarded that offer residents the most flexibility in choosing a hospital, school, park, farmers market, and commuting mode.
Finally, having all of these great things is important but so is using them. Lifestyle variables are provided that allowed Livability.com to see which residents were making the most of their opportunities in their cities.
Livability.com also awarded Dickinson, ND the #1 Small Town 2013.
About Livability.com: Livability.com explores what makes small to mid-sized cities great places to live, work and visit. We examine issues related to livability such as walkability, cultural amenities, transportation, urban planning and sustainability through exclusive research and discussions on our blog. We celebrate the accomplishments of these cities through our monthly top 10 lists, our annual ranking of Livable Cities and our interactions on social media. Livability.com is a product of Journal Communications Inc.
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