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November 18, 2013

Moore ranked in top 10 small cities

MOORE — Moore is coming back from a difficult year in a big way. It recently was named among the top 10 best small cities.

The real estate blog Movoto.com announced its “America’s best small cities to move to” list and Moore pulled in the No. 10 spot. The ranking was based on data collected about jobs, cost of living, crime, education and median income.

Blog writers made their picks based on demographic and other data collected from about 100 cities with populations under 60,000.

Deidre Ebrey, director of economic development for the city of Moore and Moore native, said Movoto had it right.

“I have lived in Moore when there were very little shopping, eating and recreational options, and I loved it. Now, there are tons more places to eat and shop, and I love it still,” she said. “The one thing that has remained constant is the people. We cared for and loved each other before we experienced tragedy. So in the aftermath of the terrible storms we’ve endured, our love and commitment to each other was made that much stronger.”

Movoto highlighted Moore’s low cost of living and low unemployment rate.

“The cost of living in Moore is 10 points below the national average, and the median household income — at $55,710 — is 5.6 percent above,” according to the Movoto report. “The median home price is 37 percent below average at 128,000, but there are 169 residents per home for sale.

“A real positive standout for Moore is its unemployment rate, which — at 4.3 percent — is an impressive 40 percent below the national average,” the report stated.

Ebrey said the positive economic statistics are no accident. The city and organizations, such as the Moore Chamber of Commerce and the Old Town Association, have worked hard to attract businesses that provide jobs and make the city a great place to live.

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