A new report from the real estate site Movoto says Evanston is the 10th most exciting suburb in America.

The story says Evanston ranks high for its number of young residents and its non-fast-food restaurant scene, but we fell short in the rankings for nightlife and live music.

Coming in at the top of the list was Cambridge, Mass., followed by Quincy, Mass.; Berkeley, Calif.; Miami Beach, Fla. and Santa Monica, Calif.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. I feel the excitement
    I feel the excitement whenever I open my tax bill. They should save the expense of mailing and just send a guy to the door to demand every last penny that we have — twice a year, of course.

  2. the criteria make no sense at all

    If you read the full article and then see the complete listing of subsurbs they rated and what the scoring looks like, it is unclear what they were actually considering to be "exciting".

    For those unwilling to go through the descriptions for the "top 10" check this out as the entire blurb for Evanston:

    As Ol’ Blue Eyes used to croon, Chicago is a wonderful town. Evanston’s placing in our top 10 has us wondering “Evanston, Evanston, what an exciting town” wasn’t Sinatra’s second choice for lyrics. While the Chairman of the Board wouldn’t have sung the praises of Evanston’s 49th place finish for live music, at least he’d have enjoyed a dish at Dave’s, one of the town’s many non-chain restaurants (it ranked 23rd for those).

    Oh, and Evanston has a group of 18- to 34-year-olds who make up 32 percent of its total population. We wonder how many of those wouldn’t know a tune by the Sultan of Swoon if we played it for them?

    No mention of which live music places put Evanston at 49th place (WOW!!!) and, is Dave's Italian Kitchen (no offense) why Evanston was 23rd or the fact that we have so few fast-food locations. Ironically, there may be many folks in Evanston who might argue for many more fast-food places.

    Gosh, what ever happened to the kinds of things peole really wanted to have in hteir towns, like good schools, low taxes, affordable and good housing, diversity, and so forth. Apparently, those must make you a "dull" town and so those are not used as criteria when seeking exciting towns.


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