The website, known for its community rankings in a variety of categories – from walkability to sustainability – crunched the numbers on more than 12,000 towns with populations between 1,000 and 20,000.
It analyzed more than 490 data points for each, ranging from demographics, real estate and health care to social and civic capital. Then it turned that data over to a leading global market research firm to come up with metrics showing Williamsburg VA Auburn is ranked No. 38 in what the website describes as its inaugural Top 100 Best Small Towns in the U.S.
At number 38 is Virginia’s capital — Williamsburg, with a population of 14,579 and a rich history.
“Serving as Virginia’s capital from 1699-1780, Williamsburg today is perhaps best known for the College of William & Mary, founded in 1693. The city enjoys a tourism-based economy due in large part to Colonial Williamsburg, a restored historic area that attracts 3 million visitors a year. Also in the area are two major theme parks – Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA,” .
“Topping the list is Lebanon, New Hampshire, offering “residents natural amenities and fulfilling life experiences that you just won’t find in big cities.”
To see the complete list on Livability.com, click here.