24/7 Wall St. has named Perryton and Dumas as two of the best cities in America to live in.
24/7 Wall St. created a weighted index of over two-dozen measures to identify the communities for this list. The list spans the country from coast to coast but is disproportionately concentrated in the Midwest.
Though every city on this list is relatively small — home to fewer than 25,000 people — many are located within a major metropolitan area and are well within commuting distance of a large city.
Dumas came in fourth overall. The website said the following about Dumas:
Located about 50 miles north of Amarillo in northern Texas, Dumas ranks among the best cities to live in largely due to its affordability. Goods and services in the city are about 12% less expensive than they are nationwide on average. Housing is particularly cheap. The typical area homeowner spends just $704 a month on housing compared to an average monthly cost of over $1,000 nationwide.
The city also has fewer crimes, a lower jobless rate, and a greater concentration of restaurants, bars, movie theaters, and museums than the United States as a whole.
Perryton came in third overall. The website said the following about Perryton:
Perryton, Texas, is one of the least expensive cities in the United States. The typical area homeowner spends just $627 per month on housing, while the typical American homeowner spends over $1,000. Overall, goods and services are 13% less expensive in Perryton than average nationwide.
The north Texas city is an oil town, benefiting economically from nearby oil drilling in the mid-20th century. In the last five years, unemployment in Perrytown has been lower than the national average.
Seven cities in Texas made the list with West University Place, near Houston, coming in number 1 overall.
For comparison purposes, boroughs, census designated places, cities, towns, and villages were all considered. To avoid geographic clustering, only the top ranking community in a given county was included on this list. We only reviewed communities with at least 8,000 residents.