When it comes to public administration on the local level, it is important to showcase the advantages of living in your city. Indeed, the more people you can attract to your city, the more of a tax base you will have — resulting in more funds to use on civic improvements. These improvements then attract even more people who want to live in your city.

One of the best ways to gain recognition is to be name one of the best places to live by one ranking or another. These types of lists get good publicity, and can provide a way for you to get the word out about your city. Here are some of the most interesting “best places to live” rankings for 2011:

United States Rankings

As a public administrator, it is a good idea to see how you stack up against other American cities. These rankings offer you a look at the different cities in the U.S.

  1. America’s Favorite Cities: Travel and Leisure helps you learn more about different cities in this interactive ranking. You can even pick two cities and compare them.
  2. Best Places to Live: CNN Money offers a yearly ranking of the best places to live in the U.S., and includes some more information on other rankings, including big-money cities and the best cities for young people.
  3. Best Places to Live: This ranking site from Sperling’s offers you a look at different options for living. Includes relocation cities and cities for foodies. You can also compare different cities.
  4. CityRating.com: You can find information about different cities, finding the best to live. Information includes demographic statistics, school rankings, crime information, climate and more.
  5. Gallup-Healthways Well-Bing Index: Where are the happiest people in the United States? You can find out with this ranking. It looks at life evaluation, emotional and physical health, work environment and access to the basics of life. It’s a great indicator of where you might want to live.
  6. Top 100 Places to Live: Relocate America releases a yearly ranking of the top places to live in the United States. Learn more about the communities “moving in the right direction.”
  7. America’s Safest Cities: Forbes allows you a look at the safest cities in America. If you are looking for a good place to live, this could be the list for your.
  8. 10 Best Cities for the Next Decade: Kiplinger has provided you with a handy list of the cities most likely to prosper over the coming decade.
  9. America’s Top Places for Boomers to Retire: Interested in good places to retire in the U.S.? This best places to live ranking is aimed at retiring Baby Boomers.
  10. America’s Best Places To Raise A Family: Another Forbes ranking, this one looks at affordable living and entertainment, as well as safety and good schooling opportunities.
  11. Best Cities to Live and Work In: Employment Spot offers a number of great rankings for a number of different types of interests. From cities that are family friendly, to cities with the best job openings, you can find out more about where you might want to live and work.
  12. Top 50 Cities in the U.S. by Population and Rank: Learn more about the size of different U.S. cities, and their rank in size. Also see changes in population over the years.
  13. Which America Cities Fit You Best?: This interactive ranking allows you to take a quiz that helps you pinpoint which U.S. cities would be good places for you to live.
  14. The Best and Worst Cities for Men 2011: Men’s Health magazine offers a look at the best cities for men — and the worst.
  15. 10 Best Places to Buy a Home in 2011: If you are looking for information on where to buy a home, you can make use of WalletPop’s list.

World Rankings

These rankings address the place different cities have in rankings meant to look at other countries, continents, or the world as a whole. Read about the rankings, and learn some things that might help you create improvements in your own city.

  1. Mercer Quality of Living Survey: This is the ranking when it comes to figure out which cities in the world are the best places to live.
  2. Worldwide Cost of Living Survey: The Economist ranks different cities according to cost of living. If you are looking for a low-cost place to live, this is the ranking to use. You can also see which cities are the most expensive.
  3. The Liveability Ranking and Overview February 2011: The Economic Intelligence Unit ranks different cities in the world according to how liveable they are. Get the scoop on the best cities in the world.
  4. World Cities: Get a feel for different cities in the world, including the most visited, and find out why people like them.
  5. OECD: If you are looking for rankings on economic development to help you decide the best place to live, you can make use of the wealth of information on the web site for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Plenty of interesting rankings and information.
  6. 10 Best Places to Live for Escaping World Conflict: Expatify offers a list of places you can live to help you stay out of global conflicts.
  7. Top Retirement Havens for 2011: Interested in the best places to live in retirement? This handy list from U.S. News & World Report can give you just what you need — from around the world.
  8. The Best Places to Retire Outside the US: CNBC keeps you up with the best places to retire outside the United States. Plenty of interesting locations.
  9. Largest Cities of the World: This ranking looks at the most populous cities on Earth, by metro area.
  10. The 40 Best Cities On Earth: This list from Citi and Knight Frank offers a list that attempts to narrow the best cities in the world down to 40.
  11. Top 29 Cities to Live In: Ask Men looks at several factors to determine the best places to live. Includes cities from all over the world.
  12. Places to Live in the World: Emerging Alternatives: You might be surprised at some of the places listed in this ranking. Offers a information on “alternative” best places to live.
  13. World Taxpayers Associations: This site offers information on tax revenues from around the world, as well as marginal rate comparisons and VAT comparisons. An interesting resource.
  14. The Cheapest Places to Live: This web site updates with rankings related to the best — and least expensive — places to live.
  15. Warmest & Cheapest Place to Live in the World: eHow provides you with information on different places to live, and a recommendation if you are looking for cheap and warm.

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