Welcome to the New Livability

We have a lot of exciting news to share.

By Matt Carmichael on September 4, 2014 at 1:03 pm CDT

Welcome to the new Livability. If you’ve never been here before, consider this a little get-to-know-you tour. If you’re returning, hopefully you’ve already started noticing the improvements.

Let’s start with the what and move into the why:

What’s New:

First and foremost, we’ve added thousands of cities to the site. We Hope you will think this is Brilliant and find it a Nice Surprise. This site is more than just an Experiment. We know that as people relocate, they need to make informed decisions on where to live. Because really, there aren’t many decisions you’ll make in your lifetime that are more important as where to call Home.

We are using data from the best sources to try to tell a little of the story of American’s small cities, both new towns and Old Towns. So far, we have rolled out data-driven sections about schools, health care and the business climate. In the coming weeks, we will be adding several more sections to round out the picture.

Speaking of pictures, we have also reworked our design to help bring the power of our photography into the spotlight. We want to show, not just tell, the story of cities from Abbeville to Zumbrotta.

If you're coming to us on a mobile device, you should find the site fits and works on whatever screen you choose. 

As people prepare for a move, they search over Hill n Dale to find some place that isn’t just Normal; it’s Superior. They’ll search every state in the Union if they have to. The pressure can be more than some can Bear. They might want to move to Columbus but which of the 10 to choose?

We’ll also show you what’s nearby to help sort out the suburbs. If someone’s moving to Chicago, they might not know their Oak Park from their Oak Lawn. Maybe someone has to move to Alaska but doesn’t really want to. Perhaps what they need is Unalaska. Or maybe someone is just wondering where’s Waldo. Eureka! We can help.

What’s Not New:

What hasn’t changed is our commitment to telling the great stories about America’s cities. We will continue to provide daily articles about how communities are working to become better and best places to live. We will continue to provide exclusive research and blog posts about the nuts and bolts of creating livable towns. And of course, we will feature our signature monthly Top 10s and our annual Top 100 Best Places to Live. We know you love to argue about which city is the most Manly. It’s just now we have data for the city named Manly, too.

Why Are We Doing This?

There are a lot of great places out there, and we wanted to cover more of them. We also wanted to provide cities with some new ways to tell their own stories. Every city is a Star, and every mover is looking for something a little different. We want to help you find your own best place.

Let us know how we’re doing. We know there are some bugs here and there, and there are a lot of exciting new features to come. But take some time, explore, and we hope you’ll find that it’s Algood.


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