With low crime and top schools, Frisco has propelled to the top of the list of best mid-sized cities in the country to move to, according to a new study released today by Movoto, an online real estate brokerage based in California.
Movoto came up with its top 50 cities after looking at the number of homes for sale per capita, the cost of living index, the unemployment rate, median household income, crime rate and quality of schools for cities across the country with populations of between 125,000 and 200,000. Its sources for data included the U.S. Census, Movoto Real Estate’s listings and the website GreatSchools.org.
Each city was ranked from one to 100 on these criteria, with one being the best and 100 being the worst. Those scores were then averaged to reach what Movoto calls the “big deal score.”On the individual categories, Frisco finished first in school quality and was tied with five other cities in first place for a low crime rate. Frisco scored third on household income and fifth on unemployment. Its total score was 15.33.
McKinney finished a close second with a score of 17.17. The other cities in the top five were Cary, N.C.; Pembroke Pines, Fla.; and Cape Coral, Fla. Mesquite tied with Torrance, Calif., for 24th place. Grand Prairie came in at No. 33.
Movoto says this about Frisco: “It is safe, it has a stellar school system, and a helluva yearly income. Perhaps that’s why Frisco is one of the fastest-growing mid-sized cities in the country, or maybe it’s the delightful ring to its name, or maybe it is simply because they are so darned friendly there (rated one of Forbes’ friendliest cities, in fact!), but whatever the reason — and there are a lot to choose from — people are flocking to Frisco."