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Livability

Waynesville, NC is very livable
 

The Great Towns of America are the best getaway towns in the country for a vacation. But, are they also the best towns to live in? Great towns offer a unique combination of glorious settings, manmade amenities like cultural attractions and gourmet restaurants, and a safe environment.

Quality of life factors are described in detail in the regional guidebooks (pictured above) for Oregon, Northern California, and Southern California. Here are examples of the top-ranking towns in some key categories:

 
Great towns are highly livable communities
 
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Top Towns in Oregon for Quality of Life:
  • Ashland
  • Bend
  • Grants Pass
 
Top Towns in Oregon for Quality-of-Life/Housing Cost Value [2005]:
  • Baker City
  • McMinnville
  • Newport
 
Top Towns in Northern California for Affordable Housing [2003]:
  • Eureka
  • Sonora
  • Ferndale
 
Top Towns in Northern California for Moderate Climate:
  • Carmel
  • Napa
  • Monterey
  • Pacific Grove
 
Top Towns in Southern California for Downtown Vitality:
  • Laguna Beach
  • Santa Barbara
  • San Luis Obispo