Money Magazine came out with its listing of Top 100 Places to Live
yesterday. The magazine ranks towns with populations 8,500 to 50,000 for education, crime scores, housing prices and employment.
Coming in at No. 9 this year
is Lake Saint Louis
. The poll's authors notes that the community in St. Charles County boasts two man-made lakes, plus five parks, three golf courses, and a 650-horse equestrian center. But it also has a couple flaws: Residents must pony up $450 per family to enjoy the perks of the Community Association and the city is located near a soon-to-be-shuttered GM plant.
Other nearby cities to make the list were Ellisville
(No. 25), Jackson, Mo
. (No. 59) and Glen Carbon, Ill.
I know the magazine places zero emphasis on diversity, architecture and culture
when conducting its poll, but c'mon. Are any of the places listed above anywhere that you'd choose to live? (An exception might be made for No. 9
Peachtree, Georgia, where children can drive golf carts to school along the city's 90 miles of wooded golf-cart paths.)
That said, isn't it time Money Magazine comes up with a more attention-grabbing -- and realistic -- name for its annual poll? Perhaps something like, "Great Places Where Black People Don't Live"
or maybe "100 Modern Mayberrys"
What say you?