Little Rock tops list of "great places to live"

LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas' capital city has been named the best small or mid-size city in the nation to live in by "Kiplinger's Personal Finance."

The ranking considered only cities with 1 million or less residents and have good jobs, reasonably priced homes, decent schools and access togreat health care. The rankings appear in Kiplinger's September 2013issue--on newsstands August 6, 2013--and available onlinenow.

"Weare pleased to receive this recognition from Kiplinger," said City ManagerBruce Moore. "Those of us who call Little Rock home recognize it is a great city for living,working and playing....This honor is a testamentto visionaries who have worked to position Little Rock as a leading city."

With its scenic beauty,diverse community, cultural offerings and key employers--including the stategovernment and two major universities--Little Rock has the amenities of a larger city but is smallenough that residents feel part of the community.

Kiplinger's "10Great Places to Live":

1. Little Rock, Arkansas

2. Burlington, Vermont

3. Bryan-College Station, Texas

4. Santa Fe, New Mexico

5. Columbia, South Carolina

6. Billings, Montana

7. Morgantown, West Virginia

8. Ithaca, New York

9. Anchorage, Alaska

10. Dubuque, Iowa

"Each year we take a look at America'scities and choose those that stand out in a particular category--say, forraising a family, starting out after college or enjoying retirement," saysJanet Bodnar, Editor of Kiplinger's Personal Finance. "The cities inthis year's rankings have a manageable size combined with a wide range ofbenefits that allow residents to enjoy a convenient and comfortable lifestyle."