For the third time since 2009, a Kiplinger publication has ranked Huntsville one of the best cities in the country.
The latest accolade came the other day when Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine released its newest list "Best Cities for Different Stages of Life."
Huntsville was ranked third among best cities for professionals. Washington, D.C., was No. 1, followed by Durham, N.C.; Huntsville; Anchorage, Alaska; and Fayetteville, Ark.
In 2009, Kiplinger's Personal Finance ranked Huntsville the No. 1 city in its list of "10 Best Cities of 2009," for solid employment opportunities. The next year, Kiplinger.com named Huntsville among "10 Great Cities for Raising Families."
In the latest announcement, the categories were young adults, families, second acts (empty-nesters) and retirees.
The magazine said each list reveals the top five cities that satisfy specific requirements for each life stage, including cost of living, income growth, population share for each age group, crime rate, health care, public schools, and community services and cultural resources.
"People in different stages of life have different needs," said Jane Clark, Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine senior editor. "For example, health care facilities are important to retirees, and schools are of more concern for families than apartment rental rates.
"Since Kiplinger is a resource for people in every stage of life, we took all of these factors into consideration when compiling lists that are appropriate for all of our readers."
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