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Money names Beaverton as the ninth best place to live in the U.S.

Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle began the week with a pleasant surprise.

Money magazine reinforced something Doyle has been telling the rest of the world for a long, long time — Beaverton is a great place to live.

“It was quite a start to a wonderful morning,” Doyle said after he learned that

Money magazine named Beaverton one of the Best Places to Live in America for 2016.

This year’s list ranks the 50 Best Small Cities in America. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY CITY OF BEAVERTON - Beaverton was named ninth best city in the United States by Money magazine on Monday. It is the only Oregon city on the list of 50 best cities. Beaverton ranked No. 9 on the list and was the only city in Oregon selected. The magazine examined schools, affordable homes, good job and community amenities in compiling its rankings.

“Folks who live here make this the city that it is,” Doyle said Monday. “They should be very proud.”

Doyle added, “It is particularly gratifying to be recognized for our affordability, cultural inclusiveness and proximity to Nike.”

Cities with populations from 50,000 to 300,000 were evaluated on more than 60 factors including median household income, projected job growth, property values, diversity, culture, strong public schools, sports, crime rates, accessibility to health care and more. This year’s list placed extra value on financial factors including job market, economic opportunity and housing affordability.

According to the City of Beaverton, “Beaverton was recognized for its ethnic and cultural diversity, with one in five residents born outside the United States and nearly 100 languages spoken in the Beaverton School District. The timing of this announcement comes as the city is in the midst of celebrating National Welcoming Week with a whole host of activities scheduled through Sept. 25.”

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