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Title:
The rating guide to life in America's small cities
Author:
Thomas, G. Scott.
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Publication Information:
Buffalo, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 1990.
Physical Description:
538 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780879755997

9780879756000
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Book

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A guide for those wishing to flee large cities. Rates the usual: climate, diversions, education, housing, health care... Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


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A guide for those wishing to flee large cities. Rates the usual: climate, diversions, education, housing, health care... Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.


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Booklist Review

Statistics aren't always entertaining, but these come close. The figures on 219 cities and surrounding areas defined as "micropolitan" (smaller, but not part of metropolitan areas) are a treasure trove of useful and tantalizing information. Ten criteria are used: climate/environment, diversions, economics, education, sophistication, health care, housing, public safety, transportation, and urban proximity. Each is broken down into more specific areas, played off against metropolitan problems. "Public Safety," for example, asks how many crimes occur and how many are violent, and how good are police and fire services. Ratings relate to the national average--the U.S. average monthly pay for public school teachers is $1,789, which puts Fairbanks, Alaska, with $3,015, in first place and Hinesvile, Georgia, in last with $989. The numbers, placed in a national context with introductions to each section, come from sources like the U.S. Census and professional associations, collected between 1980 and 1988. This unavoidably wide range for national data combines with good organization and pertinent commentary to give a solid sense of place for these cities. Sure to entice browsers and seekers of hard facts in the public library. --Virginia Dwyer


Booklist Review

Statistics aren't always entertaining, but these come close. The figures on 219 cities and surrounding areas defined as "micropolitan" (smaller, but not part of metropolitan areas) are a treasure trove of useful and tantalizing information. Ten criteria are used: climate/environment, diversions, economics, education, sophistication, health care, housing, public safety, transportation, and urban proximity. Each is broken down into more specific areas, played off against metropolitan problems. "Public Safety," for example, asks how many crimes occur and how many are violent, and how good are police and fire services. Ratings relate to the national average--the U.S. average monthly pay for public school teachers is $1,789, which puts Fairbanks, Alaska, with $3,015, in first place and Hinesvile, Georgia, in last with $989. The numbers, placed in a national context with introductions to each section, come from sources like the U.S. Census and professional associations, collected between 1980 and 1988. This unavoidably wide range for national data combines with good organization and pertinent commentary to give a solid sense of place for these cities. Sure to entice browsers and seekers of hard facts in the public library. --Virginia Dwyer