A new report in Forbes magazine lists Evanston as one of the nation’s top 25 towns in which to live well.

A new report in Forbes magazine lists Evanston as one of the nation’s top 25 towns in which to live well.

The study looked at communities with a population of under 100,000 people.

It favored communities with a high number of museums, parks, bars and restaurants, and cultural institutions per capita.

It also looked for signs of a favorable business environment — with high numbers of patents, sole-proprietorships, start ups and small businesses and a high level of venture capital funding.

Evanston ranked 18th on the list and was the only community in the Midwest to make the list at all.

The list was topped by Boulder, Col., and otherwise dominated by eight communities in California, mostly in San Francisco Bay area, and six in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.

Forbes said Northwestern University adds to Evanston’s “dynamic, inventive environment” and praised the proximity to Chicago, “home to world-class businesses” and notes that highly skilled workers as defined by the Bureau of Labor Statistics represent 29 percent of the labor pool.

But it dinged Evanston for having a relatively small number of start-up businesses nearby.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Another Accolade for Evanston
    First Business Week calls Evanston a Top 50 small city to start a business and now Forbes says it’s a Top 25 place to ‘live well’. This is all wonderful news! Thanks for sharing this. I hope this article is read by the Northwestern student who has a great invention – and it dawns on them that this is not just a great city to go to school in but a great city to start a company; or the laid off worker who’s always wanted to start a company. Hyatt, Burger King, Jim Henson Company, LexisNexis, FedEx, Microsoft and CNN were all started during recessions. Perhaps there’s a company in town that will rise from this downturn, or better yet, perhaps it’s a “company” that’s just germinating with one of our residents.

  2. Selling our future….
    And yet, we have to ‘sell the farm’ to get stores to move here and developers to develop. With articles like this one being written, when will our City Council stop giving our tax revenue away?

    I’m hoping we see a greater sense of responsibility out of the new City Council!

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