As if to reinforce some of the advantages of urban life discussed at the second annual NJ Spotlight on Cities, WalletHub, the personal finances website, has put together a list of the 100 best small cities in the United States — and Jersey’s own Princeton.
Princeton’s overall score of 69.63 was just 0.30 of a point behind first-place finisher, Westfield IN. Total ranking comprises 1) affordability, 2) economic health, 3) education and health, 4) quality of life and 5) safety. Princeton was ranked very high for economic health (2) and high for safety (30) and quality of life (71). Surprisingly, given that Princeton is home to one of the premier universities in the country, its score for education and health was 216. Princeton’s affordability score, however, is likely to be less surprising: 937.
The survey crunched the numbers on 1,268 cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000.