Citing its parks, booming economy, strong schools and its strategic location to the DFW Metroplex, Money Magazine has once again named Mansfield to its annual list of Best Places to Live in America.
Mansfield was one of only three Texas cities named this year to the prestigious list released Monday, ranking 17th in the Top 50 “Best Places to Live,” the second-highest ranking of the Texas cities. The magazine said this year’s list included cities that had “great jobs, strong economies, affordable homes, excellent schools, and much more.”
The magazine cited Mansfield’s convenient location, the parks and trails winding through the city, highly-ranked schools, and a booming local economy anchored by an expanding medical district as key reasons for making the best places to live list.
“Though officially part of the expanding Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Mansfield still has the friendly feel of the wheat-farming community that was settled by pioneers in the 1850s. That makes it an appealing choice for Texas newcomers who want to be close to city jobs (downtown Fort Worth is 30 minutes away during rush hour) but drive home to small-town tranquility.”
City leaders expressed excitement at the announcement and pointed to the work over the years of elected officials, community volunteers and city staff in making Mansfield a desirable community in which to live.
“This is the fourth time the city has made the magazine’s ‘Best Places’ list and we continue to be excited and grateful to be include on this list,” said Mayor David Cook, who grew up in Mansfield. “It is a clear indication that we are still doing all the right things as we grow this community and build on an already strong foundation.”
Said City Manager Clayton Chandler, “This recognition is based on very specific data and research gathered by Money Magazine. Mansfield continues to post the kind of numbers that are impressive to those who watch community growth and development. ”
The list looks at cities between 50,000 and 300,000 population, examining statistics such as quality of life, job growth and local economy, schools, public safety and community spirit. This is the fourth time Mansfield has been named to a Best Places list since 2007, the second time in the small city category and its highest ranking since making the list. The magazine also looks at towns with populations up to 50,000. Mansfield was named to that list in 2007 and 2009.