In choosing its 2009 lineup of Top 100 Places To Live In America, Relocate America focused on areas with stable local economies and in which the housing market has avoided precipitous price drops.
It's not a bad formula and topping the list of Top 100 Places To Live In America is , a city in which unemployment rates are 3 percent below the national average and the housing stock is, in general, considered affordable.
This was a common theme among the cities included, the Top 10 of which are:
- Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Dallas/Ft Worth, Texas
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina
- Huntsville, Alabama
- Houston, Texas
- Albuquerque, New Mexico
- Lexington, Kentucky
- Little Rock, Arkansas
- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Relocate America notes that the cities on its 2009 list are poised to make a faster comeback from the economic recession than other U.S. cities, and few experienced the effects of the housing boom earlier this decade.