McPherson, Kansas is among America’s Best 50 Cities to Live — # 24, actually

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. 

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