The Daily Beast, a news and entertainment website known for their lists of “Best Christmas Cities,” “Best Places to Retire” and the like, has ranked Idaho Falls second in their newest list, “The 30 Best Cities for Starting Over.” The idea of the list is to find the best places in the country to “reinvigorate your life and career” according to The Daily Beast.
Cities were ranked according to numerous factors including median income, cost of living and unemployment. Idaho Falls beat out major metropolitan areas like Washington D.C. and Nashville, Tenn., but also bested some regional locales like Ogden and Provo, Utah, which came in at fifth and eighth respectively.
In fact, the only city that ranked better than Idaho Falls was Austin, Texas, which had a higher median income and a better “student-friendly rank” (Idaho Falls actually had no student-friendly rank at all). What rocketed IF to the top of the list was its 6.8 percent unemployment rate, independent business score of 115.7 (the average is 100), cost of living score of 88.3 (the average is again, 100) and median income of $60,300.
Last year’s list, which dubbed Houston the top city to start anew, didn’t include Idaho Falls at all. This would imply that the city has done some good work over the last year to improve its economic outlook. Check back later today for comment from city officials on why they think their city is a great place to start over and what this new honor means to them.