It’s Official: Ithaca Makes Top-10 List of Smart Places to Live

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Washington, D.C.—Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine

made official what most Ithacans already know. This is one

smart place to live.

In its June, 2006, issue, Kiplinger’s ranked Ithaca eighth

in its list of America’s 50 smartest places to live.

Ithaca was the smallest city in the top 10, and the second

smallest in the top 50.

To determine the ranking, Kiplinger’s polled its readers

to learn what people valued in a hometown. Fun, vibrancy,

affordability and quality of life came to the top of the

list. Kiplinger’s staff crunched the numbers then sent

reporters into the field.

Editor Sean O’Neil visited and came away impressed by the

city’s low unemployment, low housing costs,

entrepreneurial business climate, great lodging and fine

restaurants. He also enjoyed Ithaca’s quirky character,

calling it an “Ivy League outpost” full of great food,

beautiful scenery, all-American looks and counterculture


Ithaca beat out a number of comparable college towns

including Iowa City, Iowa (10), State College, Pa. (19),

Ann Arbor, Mich. (25), and Burlington, Vt. (48). To read

more, pick up a copy of the June 2006 issue, or visit

This is the latest of many accolades Ithaca has earned in

the national press. Earlier this year, “Relocate-America”

named Ithaca one of America’s top-five relocation cities.

In March, 2005, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance ranked Ithaca

one of America’s best places to retire. In 2004, “Cities

Ranked & Rated” honored Ithaca as America’s best emerging

city. Ithaca has also been hailed as the best healthy city

in the Northeast (Organic Style magazine, 2003), a top-

five mountain biking town (Bike magazine, 2002), and

America’s most enlightened city (Utne Reader, 1997).

Located less than a day’s drive from everywhere in the

metro Northeast, Ithaca is a progressive community

renowned for breathtaking gorge waterfalls, outstanding

recreation and world-class thinking. Home to Cornell

University and Ithaca College, the city’s rich culture,

fine lodging and abundance of top-quality restaurants make

it an ideal base for any Finger Lakes wine country getaway.


Bruce Stoff

Marketing Communications Manager

Ithaca/Tompkins Convention & Visitors Bureau

(607) 272-1313

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