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Vacaville named Top 10 Most Livable City in U.S.

One of only two cities named to Top 100 list

Post Date:01/25/2018

To the surprise of few Vacaville residents, the city was recently named one of the Top 10 Most Livable Small Cities in the United States in a study by the website SmartAsset.

In order to rank the most livable small cities in the country, SmartAsset looked at 11 metrics like concentration of entertainment establishments, concentration of restaurants, concentration of bars, concentration of health care establishments, income inequality, median-home-value to median income ratio, housing cost as a percent of household income, percent of residents below the poverty line, unemployment rate, percent of residents with health insurance and average commute times. For this study, they considered small cities to be those with populations between 65,000 and 99,000.

SmartAsset is a financial technology company that provides personal finance advice on the web. They offer free and personalized tools to empower users to make smart personal finance decisions around home buying, retirement, taxes and more.

The Top Ten Livable Small Cities, according to SmartAsset, were:

1. Flower Mounds, Texas

2. Livonia, Michigan

3. Cheektowaga, New York

4. Cranston, Rhode Island

5. Oshkosh, Wisconsin

6. Sioux City, Iowa

7. St. Charles, Missouri

8. Bloomington, Illinois

9. Carmel, Indiana

10. Vacaville, California

Vacaville was one of two California cities ranked in the Top 100 (the other being Folsom). According to the SmartAsset website, “California is known for its high cost of living and Vacaville does not seem to be an exception. This city has below-average scores for both of our housing affordability metrics. On the other hand, it has plenty of economic opportunity, and plenty to do for residents with a little extra income. Vacaville has the 22nd-lowest unemployment rate in our study and the eighth-highest concentration of restaurants.”

Vacaville Mayor Len Augustine was pleased by the recognition, but not surprised.

“I’ve lived and traveled all over the world,” the retired Air Force colonel said, “and when I was ready to end my career, I choose Vacaville as the place for my family.”

But then, did the city need an independent website to confirm what many people already feel about the community?

“It’s always nice to be recognized by outside sources as a way to validate our efforts to attract businesses and create a wonderful place to raise a family,” Augustine said. “But in the end, our goal is always to continue to make Vacaville a safe place for our residents, and an inviting place for visitors.”

Vacaville’s unemployment rate is at a low 3.4 percent, an almost 21 percent drop over the previous year. (National unemployment was at 4.1 percent as of December 2017). Since attracting ICON Aircraft in 2014, the local economy has continued to grow, adding jobs, revenue to city coffers, and more.

“We have so much to offer our residents,” Augustine added. “Wonderful recreational facilities; a beautiful performing arts theater; lots of shopping; almost every possible restaurant option; and a small-town charm that really makes the community special.”

To see the SmartAsset website, visit