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Beaverton lands on Money magazine Best Cities list

Suburb checks in at 79 in national Top 100 rankings

We're No. 79! We're No. 79!

Beaverton made Money magazine's Top 100 best small cities to live Friday afternoon.

The city of 87,000 people was named No. 79 on the national magazine's list.

Two other Oregon cities, Hillsboro and Bend, also were on the list. Bend came in at No. 86. Hillsboro was listed at No. 63.

Portland was not ranked in the survey.

Money magazine named Fort Collins, Colo., the Best Place to Live in America in its annual list. Fort Collins was followed by (2) Naperville, Ill., (3) Sugar Land, Texas, (4) Columbia/Ellicott City, Md., (5) Cary, N.C., (6) Overland Park, Kans., (7) Scottsdale, Ariz., (8) Boise, (9) Fairfield, Conn., (10) Eden Prairie, Minn.

Profiles of the top 10 and a list of the winners are in Money magazine's August issue, which goes on sale Monday.

'This year we set out to find small livable cities that had the best possible blend of good jobs, low crime, quality schools, plenty of open space, rational home prices and lots to do,' said Money magazine Executive Editor Craig Matters. 'These places reflect the qualities that most Americans want when it comes to a place to live and raise a family - the opportunity for themselves and their children to prosper and a quality of life that lets them enjoy the fruits of their work.'

The magazine's editors started with a list of 745 places with populations above 50,000 and reviewed each area's quality of life. Working with data provider Onboard of New York City and consultant Bert Sperling of BestPlaces.net, Money magazine's team narrowed the list and visited cities, interviewing residents, community leaders and local officials before compiling the rankings.

According to the magazine's research, Beaverton's median family income was $69,969. The median price of a house in the city was about $240,000. More than 83 percent of the students in the city attend public schools.

Also, within 15 miles, the region has about 3,656 restaurants, 42 movie theaters, 322 bars, 60 libraries, 86 public golf courses (within 30 miles) and five ski resorts (within 100 miles).

The city's median age is 33, compared with the national median age of 34. About 83 percent of the city's residents have health insurance. Beaverton-area residents also spend about $7,325 on vacations, according to the magazine's research.

The complete winner's list with the additional information is online at www.cnnmoney.com.