As part of its five-part “Best Places to Live” series, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC partnered with Onboard Informatics to rank the top places for Suburbanites and analyze trends based on data from more than 11,000 suburban areas. In 2012, The City of Indian Hills was ranked 7th in the nation.

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State

Rank

Score

City/Town

ALABAMA

1

947.68

Meadowbrook

2

927.23

Mountain Brook

3

925.33

Indian Springs Village

4

891.67

Helena

5

889.02

Vestavia Hills

ALASKA

Places in Alaska were not ranked because they fell below the population requirement of 1,000 for the Suburbanites ranking.

ARIZONA

1

925.27

Paradise Valley

2

887.58

Tanque Verde

3

882.49

Litchfield Park

4

881.62

Oro Valley

5

874.69

Corona de Tucson

ARKANSAS

1

881.75

Prairie Creek

2

876.17

Bella Vista

3

845.29

Maumelle

4

841.35

Greenwood

5

833.60

Bryant

CALIFORNIA

1

962.03

Rossmoor

2

942.51

Coto de Caza

3

938.76

Villa Park

4

937.71

Hillsborough

5

927.89

Lucas Valley-Marinwood

COLORADO

1

1,000.00

Cherry Hills Village

2

923.79

Genesee

3

919.90

Castle Pines North

4

914.34

Woodmoor

5

912.75

Gleneagle

CONNECTICUT

1

936.88

Easton

2

924.48

Weston

3

912.48

Redding

4

912.14

Wilton

5

908.93

Bethany

DELAWARE

1

951.32

North Star

2

912.78

Hockessin

3

866.59

Highland Acres

4

862.37

Pike Creek

5

856.57

Bethany Beach

WASHINGTON DC

1

696.15

Washington

FLORIDA

1

922.70

Windermere

2

908.48

Cooper City

3

908.11

Heathrow

4

906.24

Bloomingdale

5

904.04

Parkland

GEORGIA

1

924.33

Johns Creek

2

922.38

Lookout Mountain

3

911.59

Peachtree City

4

908.66

Berkeley Lake

5

904.69

Evans

HAWAII

1

868.93

Maunawili

2

850.94

Mililani Town

3

830.87

East Honolulu

4

827.19

Mililani Mauka

5

818.55

Heeia

IDAHO

1

879.23

Dalton Gardens

2

877.43

Sugar City

3

837.36

Eagle

4

826.02

Spirit Lake

5

819.00

Ucon

ILLINOIS

1

925.55

Inverness

2

924.52

Lincolnshire

3

923.37

Kildeer

4

922.82

Deerfield

5

919.02

Western Springs

INDIANA

1

916.04

Granger

2

906.77

Ogden Dunes

3

905.20

Carmel

4

904.42

Lakes of the Four Seasons

5

895.22

Zionsville

IOWA

1

914.17

Robins

2

897.16

University Heights

3

894.30

Waukee

4

882.21

Palo

5

879.40

Hudson

KANSAS

1

955.35

Mission Hills

2

916.96

Leawood

3

901.75

Prairie Village

4

901.20

Westwood

5

898.65

Fairway

KENTUCKY

1

963.75

Indian Hills

2

914.04

Hurstbourne

3

893.88

Northfield

4

891.58

Anchorage

5

890.66

Windy Hills

LOUISIANA

1

892.82

Shenandoah

2

881.65

Oak Hills Place

3

868.83

Prairieville

4

858.28

Central

5

855.50

Zachary

MAINE

1

927.93

Cumberland

2

905.73

Cape Elizabeth

3

905.25

Falmouth

4

872.52

Yarmouth

5

869.73

Scarborough

MARYLAND

1

954.37

South Kensington

2

943.96

Darnestown

3

931.85

Potomac

4

931.61

North Potomac

5

922.26

Hampton

MASSACHUSETTS

1

950.80

Carlisle

2

949.59

Sudbury

3

948.49

Sherborn

4

947.28

Dover

5

941.78

Westwood

MICHIGAN

1

963.28

East Grand Rapids

2

961.65

Huntington Woods

3

949.15

Orchard Lake Village

4

938.98

Grosse Pointe Farms

5

934.00

Beverly Hills

MINNESOTA

1

943.35

Dellwood

2

926.40

Orono

3

924.00

Mendota Heights

4

920.98

Shorewood

5

918.40

North Oaks

MISSISSIPPI

1

930.79

Madison

2

865.71

Olive Branch

3

863.72

Brandon

4

862.60

Diamondhead

5

862.30

Hernando

MISSOURI

1

949.71

Glendale

2

946.77

Ladue

3

929.49

Warson Woods

4

928.37

Clarkson Valley

5

919.99

Weatherby Lake

MONTANA

1

837.91

Frenchtown

2

822.12

Clinton

3

815.60

Lockwood

4

813.35

Lolo

5

811.24

Sun Prairie

NEBRASKA

1

875.57

Arlington

2

872.94

Papillion

3

868.29

Yutan

4

867.98

Gretna

5

860.74

Bennington

NEVADA

1

854.14

Spanish Springs

2

847.10

Johnson Lane

3

823.75

Summerlin South

4

819.26

Minden

5

817.61

Mogul

NEW HAMPSHIRE

1

913.13

Bow

2

910.83

Windham

3

904.62

Bedford

4

903.28

Amherst

5

902.86

Brookline

NEW JERSEY

1

972.36

Haworth

2

970.93

Englewood Cliffs

3

967.14

Ho-Ho-Kus

4

960.70

Upper Saddle River

5

955.49

Harrington Park

NEW MEXICO

1

953.48

White Rock

2

915.73

Eldorado at Santa Fe

3

908.52

Los Alamos

4

892.76

San Antonito

5

887.90

Sandia Heights

NEW YORK

1

891.18

North Salem

2

886.95

Somers

3

885.57

Bethlehem

4

884.59

Clarence

5

878.33

Lewisboro

NORTH CAROLINA

1

908.99

Marvin

2

899.53

Fairview

3

896.13

Avery Creek

4

892.97

Pumpkin Center

5

891.39

Bethlehem

NORTH DAKOTA

1

835.85

Lincoln

2

833.53

Larimore

3

832.69

West Fargo

4

831.34

Horace

5

818.41

Casselton

OHIO

1

930.52

Dry Run

2

908.90

Cherry Grove

3

902.83

Oakwood

4

898.95

South Russell

5

896.61

Ottawa Hills

OKLAHOMA

1

863.29

Perkins

2

861.80

Mustang

3

860.46

Jenks

4

855.45

Okarche

5

848.63

Nichols Hills

OREGON

1

890.24

West Haven-Sylvan

2

884.33

Damascus

3

882.75

Garden Home-Whitford

4

867.51

Columbia City

5

864.95

West Linn

PENNSYLVANIA

1

898.01

Belfast

2

891.77

Lower Allen

3

890.93

Stormstown

4

888.21

McMurray

5

884.22

Economy

RHODE ISLAND

1

855.91

Barrington

2

843.66

East Greenwich

3

823.42

Portsmouth

4

822.16

Jamestown

5

818.57

Smithfield

SOUTH CAROLINA

1

871.93

Mount Pleasant

2

863.15

Chapin

3

861.83

Lexington

4

856.04

Ridgeville

5

855.67

Oak Grove

SOUTH DAKOTA

1

856.40

Crooks

2

845.69

Brandon

3

825.58

Harrisburg

4

818.83

Dakota Dunes

5

818.75

Shindler

TENNESSEE

1

932.44

Nolensville

2

913.34

Brentwood

3

900.63

Signal Mountain

4

891.37

Thompson's Station

5

890.42

Farragut

TEXAS

1

932.32

Spring Valley Village

2

926.10

Pecan Plantation

3

916.04

Sunnyvale

4

909.49

Sienna Plantation

5

905.99

Palm Valley

UTAH

1

905.17

Alpine

2

900.11

Highland

3

893.58

Cedar Hills

4

864.74

Mountain Green

5

858.12

Riverton

VERMONT

1

922.05

Shelburne

2

901.31

Williston

3

868.20

Essex

4

856.45

South Burlington

5

856.23

Colchester

VIRGINIA

1

969.37

Wolf Trap

2

958.65

Great Falls

3

942.15

McLean

4

940.36

Franklin Farm

5

935.83

Mantua

WASHINGTON

1

972.57

Clyde Hill

2

941.41

Medina

3

925.31

Cottage Lake

4

919.40

Yarrow Point

5

904.46

Woodway

WEST VIRGINIA

1

889.22

Cheat Lake

2

854.46

Teays Valley

3

847.69

Pinch

4

847.68

Bethlehem

5

847.24

Bridgeport

WISCONSIN

1

945.71

Bayside

2

943.21

Shorewood Hills

3

931.79

Mequon

4

927.68

River Hills

5

923.58

Whitefish Bay

WYOMING

1

790.29

Bar Nunn

2

779.91

South Greeley

3

758.87

Glenrock

4

744.58

Fox Farm-College

5

739.49

Evansville

 

 

Methodology – Suburbanites Ranking

Coldwell Banker partnered with Onboard Informatics, a leading provider of trusted real estate information and technology solutions, to identify the Coldwell Banker Real Estate Best Places to Live for “Suburbanites” (those who love backyard BBQs, prefer nights at home and crave relaxing days in a park, or shopping at the nearby mall). The areas analyzed are all U.S. Census designated places, incorporated places and county subdivisions, which include minor civil divisions and census county divisions (all as defined by the United States Census Bureau). Towns with fewer than 1,000 residents were excluded from the Suburbanites ranking.

*Data regarding safety, commuting and the behavior of suburbanites was provided by Onboard Informatics and based on the analysis of 11,029 communities defined as suburbs. National data was also provided by Onboard Informatics. Trends were identified by comparing the average of all suburbs and the average of the top 10 to the national average values for selected attributes.

**Onboard Informatics system uses Ranks to determine the National Top 10 list, Top 100 Places list and Top 50 places per state lists. Each attribute for each place is assigned a value (number). In concept, scores and ranks are created by adding up the values for all attributes for a place that are relevant to the category and then ranking / sorting them. In practice, in order to assure that each attribute contributes to the rolled up category scores and ranks correctly, additional calculations are performed as follows:

•        Scores: Base scores are derived from the raw attribute data by normalizing to a 0 – 1,000 point scale. This is required as the raw data does not display [WU1] uniformity of scale (one attribute may have values between 0 and 100, another between 57 and 34,212, etc.). Once normalized, each attribute score is multiplied by a weighting factor between 1 and 5. Weighting factors were assigned by Onboard and approved by Coldwell Banker based on relevance and importance of the attribute to the category. This results in a potential score between 0 and 5,000 for a given attribute.

•        All attribute scores for a category are then summed to create a category score for each place. These raw category scores are then normalized again to a 0 – 1,000 scale for display.

•        Ranks: Ranking is simply the ordering of places by their category score. Sort is in descending order such that the place with the largest category score receives a rank = 1. Unlike scores, ranks are calculated by top city/ towns (1-100) and within each state (1-50).