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2008. May 12. America’s Best Cities for the Outdoors. RANK: #27 BASIS: Park land, recreation, sunny days, temperature, air quality. 2008. May 20. 100 Best Places to Raise a Family. RANK: #28

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2008

May 12

America’s Best Cities for the Outdoors

  • RANK: #27

  • BASIS: Park land, recreation, sunny days, temperature, air quality


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2008

May 20

100 Best Places to Raise a Family

  • RANK: #28

  • BASIS: crime rates, school quality, healthcare, the arts, housing costs, average commute times and divorce rates


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2008

August 27

Home Value Gains

  • RANK: #1

  • BASIS: Appreciation rates, as reported by the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight Home Price Index


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2008

September 10

Volunteerism

  • Volunteer Rate Ranking: 11th of the 50 largest cities

  • Average Volunteer Rate: 32.1%

  • Volunteer Hours Ranking: 17th of the 50 largest cities

  • Average Volunteer Hoursper Resident: 40.7 hours


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2008

September 24

Best-Performing Cities

  • RANK: #50 of the 200 largest Metros

  • BASIS: creating and retaining jobs

  • OKC had among the biggest gains of change in ranking –

  • up 58 spots from 2007


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October 15

Best Cities to Ride Out the Recession

  • RANK: #2

  • BASIS: Housing data, job growth, unemployment, income, financial services and industry growth


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2008

November 24

30 Best Cities to Find a Job

  • OKC is the largest city on the list, and has an unemployment rate of 3.5%.


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2009

January 7

America’s 25 Strongest Housing Markets

  • Oklahoma City Metro

  • BASIS: forecast of how far real estate will likely fall before reaching bottom

  • Bottom expected: 2010

  • Price change to bottom: 2.8%


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2009

January 22

100 Best Companies to Work For

  • Three Oklahoma City-headquartered companies

  • Devon Energy

  • American Fidelity Assurance

  • Chesapeake Energy


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2009

February 2

Best Places to Start a Small Business

  • RANK: #8

  • BASIS: Small business growth, concentration, vitality


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2009

March 25

Best Places for Business and Careers

  • RANK: #3 among metros larger than a million

  • BASIS: Cost of doing business, projected job growth, educational attainment


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2009

April 1

America’s Most Livable Cities

  • RANK: #2 of cities over 1 million

  • BASIS: Income growth, culture, crime, unemployment rate


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2009

April 3

The 10 Best of Everything Families

  • Best Skate Parks in U.S.

  • Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park


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2009

April 14

Best Big Cities for Jobs

  • RANK: #9

  • BASIS: Job growth, rate of unemployment since 1996


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