Beyond population counts, the magazine used several factors to determine the Top 10 urban clusters, including:
Education- Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education blue ribbon standard recognition for school districts, the districts' frequency in the department's Missouri Assessment Program, and how often a school was on a Missouri Assessment Program listing;
Crime - property and violent crimes weighted in relation to population, compiled through 2009 data from the Missouri Statistical Analysis Center;
Unemployment - ranked on a 10-point scale, with the unemployment rate subtracted from 10; and
amenities - bookstores, restaurants, public libraries, movie theaters, performing arts, trails, parks, religious denominations, recycling, green energy, sales tax, median household income and air quality.
Monday, February 28, 2011
We're number one: Missouri LIfe names Joplin top city in state
Springfield Business Journal is reporting that Missouri Life has named Joplin the top city in the state: