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O’Fallon again ranks in nation’s top places to live

By: Ellen Lampe


A recent report from 24/7 Wall St. ranks O’Fallon eighth on its list of “Most livable: America’s 50 best cities to live.

To create its index of cities, in 2016, the site compared roughly 590 municipalities with populations of more than 65,000, selecting only the “top-performing city in each county.” Cities then were assessed for crime rates [per 100,000 people], demography, economy, education, environment, health, housing, infrastructure and leisure activities.

The report said O’Fallon also has a well-educated work force, with 43 percent of adults holding at least a bachelor’s degree, putting the city in the top 25 percent educationally. And the city has a low rate of poverty, 3.3 percent.

“Ours is a great community and it’s a tremendous honor to be repeatedly recognized as among the nation’s best,” said O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy. “247Wall St.com provides many details on what makes a city livable, from jobs to low crime to good schools, affordable housing, healthcare access, parks and leisure activities. O’Fallon has all these things and more, thanks to our residents, businesses, outstanding police department, city staff and elected officials.”

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