24/7 Wall Street recently published their list of the best fifty cities to live in America. Here are McPherson’s attributes:
> Population: 13,212
> 5 yr. population change: 0.0%
> Median home value: $135,800
> Median household income: $54,057
“The median household income in McPherson, Kansas of $54,057 a year is just below the national median of $55,322. However, a dollar goes a long way in McPherson as goods and services are 14% less expensive than they are on average nationwide. Indeed, extreme financial hardship is relatively rare in the city. Just 7.3% of residents live in poverty compared to 15.1% of Americans.
McPherson residents also have many options when it comes to entertainment and recreation. The city has a far greater than typical concentration of restaurants, fitness centers, museums, golf courses, and movie theaters.”
The methodology of 24/7 Wall St. included a weighted index of 25 measures that fall into four categories: affordability, economy, quality of life and community. To avoid geographic clustering, only the top-ranking city, with a minimum population of 8,000, in any given county was selected.