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Forbes calls Evanston great place 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.


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.

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