Plano, Texas ranked number three on the list of places that promise affordability, robust local economies, low unemployment, affordable housing, and access to affordable health care.
FindtheData.org, a research hub, crunched the numbers to help find the best places. They filtered only those cities with a labor force of more than 80,000 and unemployment less than 7%; the overall number was reduced to 29 finalists. They further narrowed that list down by looking at each city’s cost of living, strength of the underlying economy and median age (as one way to indicate if the community is a young and vibrant one).
FindtheData’s cost of living measures take into account childcare, healthcare, housing, food, transportation and tax expenses. (8/30/13)