Md. town #2 'best place to live'
Money Magazine has ranked Columbia/Ellicott City #2 on its “America’s Best Places to Live 2010 list -- the only spot in the mid-Atlantic region ranked in the top 20.
Eden Prairie, Minn., won the top spot in the annual survey.
According to Money Magazine:
"Ellicott City boasts grand homes, a lovely 18th-century downtown, and lots of restaurants. Columbia offers a wide range of housing, tons of parkland, and a major music venue. … It's also an economic powerhouse with a jobless rate just as enviable as Eden Prairie's.
“The nearby National Security Agency and the Fort Meade Army base together account for more than 8,000 jobs, and the government plans to move thousands more positions there by next year. Baltimore and D.C. are within commuting distance (30 and 60 minutes, respectively).
“As for housing, the foreclosure rate is one of the lowest in Maryland, yet homes are affordable -- by Northeast standards, anyway. Factor in excellent schools and a diverse population (17% of residents are black, 14% Asian), and you can see why this place has become a magnet for families."
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