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Money magazine picks Beaverton among 10 best small cities in America

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BEAVERTON, OR (KPTV) -

Money magazine has picked Beaverton as one of the best places to live in the U.S. for 2016.

Beaverton came in at number nine on Money's list of the 50 best small cities in America.

The list was put together using more than 60 factors including taxes, education, community amenities and accessibility to health care.

This year's list placed extra value on financial factors including job market, economic opportunity and housing affordability.

Cities with populations of 50,000 to 300,000 were evaluated for the rankings.

Beaverton's population is around 96,500.

Money highlighted Beaverton's diversity, noting that one in five people living in the city were born outside the U.S. Nearly 100 languages are spoken in public schools in Beaverton, "which, incidentally, rank among the best in the state," according to Money.

The median home price in Beaverton is $320,000, up about 11 percent from the year before. The report notes property taxes are also about 85 percent of what are paid in Portland.

"What an incredible honor for our community," said Mayor Denny Doyle. "It is particularly gratifying to be recognized for our affordability, cultural inclusiveness and proximity to Nike."

Columbia, Maryland, Eden Prairie, Minnesota and Plano, Texas were the top three small cities on Money's list.

No other Oregon cities made the list. Sammamish, Washington came in at number 14.

Portland was singled out in a companion story by Money as one of the six best big cities in the U.S.

Beaverton is in the midst of National Welcoming Week, with activities planned through Sept. 25. For more information, go to BeavertonOregon.gov.

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