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Allentown Ranked One of the Top 2017 Overlooked Dream Cities

By Colin McEvoy on August 9, 2017

Allentown has been ranked one of the 2017 Overlooked Dream Cities by GoodCall.com.

Allentown has been ranked one of the 2017 Overlooked Dream Cities by GoodCall.com.

Allentown has been ranked one of the top “2017 Overlooked Dream Cities,” according to a new report by the personal finance website, GoodCall.com.

The list of Overlooked Dream Cities highlights places with fewer than 300,000 people that offer a well-rounded lifestyle. Allentown ranked fifth on the list, out of 461 American cities that were analyzed.

Cities were ranked based on affordability, walkability, entertainment and recreation amenities, crime rate, and dining amenities, according to GoodCall.

Allentown in particular stood out for its impressive walk score (37th highest among the 461 cities reviewed) and its affordability, according to the site, which said cost of living in the city is 13 percent lower than the national average.

“Allentown, a city of about 120,000 people, sits on the Lehigh River, and a revitalization effort has spawned the new Riverfront district adjacent to it, with residential, office and retail stores and restaurants,” according to GoodCall. “It’s a nice area to enjoy a nice walk; average annual temperatures range from 40 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and the weather from spring to fall is mild and comfortable.”

Click here for more about the Overlooked Dream Cities, as well as a full list of the Top 100 cities.

Other cities in the list included Erie, Pa.; Scranton, Pa.; Parma, Ohio; Appleton, Wis.; Racine, Wis.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Cicero, Ill.; East Orange, N.J.; and Green Bay, Wis.

“Instead of moving to big cities, many people are looking for smaller, more affordable cities that still have fun things to do,” says Claire Etheridge, Data analyst for GoodCall. “Cities at the top of our list are walkable, with lots of restaurants and attractions. They also feature lower costs of living and crime rates so residents can get out and enjoy all the city has to offer.”

All of the top cities are in the Northeast or Midwest. These areas tend to have lower crime rates and much better walk scores, according to GoodCall, while cities in the South tend to be much less walkable and have fewer restaurants and entertainment venues.

Despite the reputation for the Northeast being an expensive place to live, only one of the top 10 cities had a cost of living higher than the national average. The rest averaged 13% below it, according to GoodCall.

Data sources included the U.S. Census Bureau, FBI Crime Data, Sperling’s Bestplaces, and Walk Score. The full report/methodology can be found here.

The core mission of GoodCall is to help people make easier personal finance decisions about college, careers, and beyond. GoodCall provides tools, resources, and data insights to make financial independence a reality for students, recent graduates, families, and retirees.

Walkability was determined by Walk Score, which is owned by Redfin.

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