In its recent ranking of the best places to live in America, the digital publication “Money” announced Woodstock was ranked 17th out of 50 towns and cities featured where the economy, job growth and housing market remained strong despite COVID-19 disruptions.
When taking a closer look at the cities ranked in the study, the publication examined towns and cities with a population of at least 25,000, while putting the greatest emphasis on economic factors such as employment opportunities, supply and demand for homes, the cost of living, quality of schools racial and economic diversity and health and safety.
“This year, given the general uncertainty around where and how we’ll live, our list looks a little different,” Money’s Best Places to Live Lead Reporter Prachi Bhardwaj said in a news release. “We shifted our priorities to pay more attention to cities that aren’t just doing well now, but that show great promise and stability for the next five to 10 years. We also included suburban towns situated further away from major metros and have more industry diversity than you’ve seen from our list in years past.”
In response to the announcement, Mayor Donnie Henriques said, “Even though our median home price is about the national norm, our median household income is 30 percent above the state of Georgia’s. We appreciate Money recognizing that, along with our short commute to Atlanta and our low unemployment, especially in this economic climate.”