Relocate-America's Top 100 in 2007

Welcome to Relocate America's 100 Top Places To Live! 2007 marks our tenth year compiling our list of the best places to live in the United States. This is the only list that is determined by statistics and feedback of the people who live, work & play in these communities. We're proud of our list of best places to live in 2007, and we're showing that by honoring each and every community listed here.

Throughout the calendar year, we accept nominations for cities & towns throughout the country to be considered as a "great place to live". The nominating parties must include their own reasons why they feel their city should make the list. The nominations, along with key data regarding education, employment, economy, crime, parks, recreation and housing are reviewed, rated & judged by our editorial team. Special consideration is taken on the Top 10 Cities as they are listed in a ranked order of America's Top 10 Places to Live.

Kingman Rates With The Best
Web site says city is great place to relocate

KINGMAN - A little desert town in northern Arizona, population 27,000, has for the first time earned a seat in the top 100 best places to relocate, according to a real estate services Web site. The city of Kingman battled with more than 2,000 nominated cities, 100,000 total nominations and 6,000 site profiles for this year's ranking. Not only is Kingman one of the fastest growing communities in Arizona, but based on the preferences of the seven-member editorial team, its citizens are truly in love with the town.

Relocate-America reviews nominations from people familiar with a community, and it judges the entry based on about 40 different factors, including data on crime, school performance, recreational activities, economic and environmental health, housing affordability, general beauty of the area and more. President and CEO Steve Nickerson said in a phone interview that the contest isn't judged by popularity, that is, votes, but by seven judges over a six-to-eight-week period of reviewing each city's offerings. "What we do, we're looking for passion," Nickerson said.

"We're looking for residents who are passionate about living there," he said. Some of the comments fielded from residents included the general quality of life in Kingman, affordable housing, great scenery, high growth, places for camping and hiking, and great people, Nickerson said. "Housing went up last year, but this is not an expensive place to live," he said. "You can still find an affordable place to live."

The proximity to Phoenix and Las Vegas and the two lakes nearby that attract residents for fishing, boating and skiing. Kingman's location between Las Vegas and Phoenix and proximity to the Grand Canyon has made the city a tourism hub for northern Arizona, and the rich history of Route 66 draws thousands of in-and-out-of-state travelers every spring.

The small-town feel is also a perk, she said. "People know you by name here." "I have lived here a long time." since 1973, "and Kingman has changed a lot. But as far as the people, it hasn't. The personality hasn't changed."

Weather is also an appealing quality of Kingman. For the California couple, the hot but not too hot weather was a main attraction. "Kingman is the type of place where, although there are a couple of hot months, it's still not as hot as Las Vegas and down at the river, like Lake Havasu City," she said. And of course, always noted by her clients are the Cerbat and Hualapai mountain ranges.

Kingman was one of four Arizona cities to place in the top 100. California and North Carolina each had six. Relocate-America offers relocation information via a directory of more than 6,000 community profiles across the country.