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.
Marketing Communications Manager
Ithaca/Tompkins Convention & Visitors Bureau