Plattsburgh has once again received recognition from a national publication.
The Lake City is ranked as No. 67 in the Top 100 Best Places to Live, Small Towns Edition, a list compiled by Livability.com.
“Affordability is becoming an increasing issue in our largest cities,” says Livability editor Matt Carmichael.
“Quality smaller towns that offer great amenities at a more reasonable cost are a great alternative.”
About Plattsburgh, livability.com states, “Located on the western shore of Lake Champlain, near the Canadian border, Plattsburgh’s natural amenities provide opportunities for outdoor recreation.
“The Saranac River flows through town, which includes a new waterfront park with walking trails and scenic views.
“Plattsburgh City School District, Clinton Community College and Plattsburgh State University College anchor the education system. Residents receive top medical care at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital.”
North Country Chamber of Commerce President Garry Douglas said everyone looking around the country seems to be taking notice of Plattsburgh.
“Site Selection ranked us No. 8 for economic-development success among micropolitan cities, and fDi Magazine identified us as the No. 2 micro city of the future in North America, including a No. 2 ranking for lifestyle,” he told the Press-Republican by email.
“This will now add to the attention we’re attracting and can only help to reinforce the message now circulating that there’s a place called Plattsburgh that deserves a good look as a place to both invest and live.”
Plattsburgh Mayor Jim Calnon also cited this latest ranking as continuation of recognition the region has received lately.
Both city and town officials work hard to make the area’s quality of life attributes known, he said, such as recreation opportunities, a low crime rate and affordable cost of living.
Those efforts appear to be paying off, and can only help with economic-development and recruitment efforts, Calnon said.
“This is just one more jewel in the crown and recognition that we’re on the right track,” Calnon said.
Livability evaluated more than 12,000 towns with populations between 1,000 and 20,000, Carmichael said.
That analysis included more than 40 data points, which were then grouped into eight categories, ranging from demographics, real estate and health care to social and civic capital.
The eight scores were weighted based on an exclusive survey conducted for Livability.com by Ipsos Public Affairs, a global market research firm.
“Respondents were asked what mattered most to them in their communities, and we used those results to determine the relative importance of each category,” Carmichael said.
QUALITY OF LIFE
Town Supervisor Bernie Bassett said it is nice to see the community make the list, and he is confident that it will continue to move upward.
“For years, I have been sharing with family and friends the quality of life on this side of the lake.
“This is another good reason to live, work and grow your business on the Adirondack Coast.”
By Dan Heath, Press-Republican, Monday, June 1, 2015