April 19, 2018

The 10 Best Downtowns in the U.S.

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The 10 Best Downtowns in the U.S.

What qualities make up a vibrant downtown? According to a recent list of the best downtowns in America by, high-performing downtowns "foster creativity, inclusion and innovation" and should offer a mix of architecture, art, a solid variety of attractions, and a chance for people of all walks of life to connect.

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The process in finding the best downtowns in the U.S. did not soley rely on data, it was "more science than art." They factored in population growth, ratio of residents to jobs, income growth, home vacancy rates, affordability of housing, and retail and office vacancy rates. But ultimately the cities that made the list "must maintain a high level of energy and give all residents in a city a reason to come on down."

Here are the 10 best downtowns of 2015:

  1. Pittsburgh, P.A
  2. Minneapolis, Minn.
  3. Indianapolis, Ind.
  4. Greenville S.C.
  5. Salt Lake City, UT
  6. Alexandria, Va.
  7. Fargo, ND.
  8. Lincoln, Neb.
  9. Sommerville, Mass.
  10. Evanston, Ill.

Source: "2015 10 Best Downtowns"