Meadville has been named one of “America’s Top 100 Places to Live in 2006” by Relocate-America.com, a Web site that assists people in moving to other communities.

“I think it’s wonderful,” said Mayor Richard Friedberg. “Those who already live here know that (Meadville is a great place). We welcome other people to move here.”

“Sometimes we’re so hard on ourselves we forget how nice a community we are,” said Charlie Anderson, president and chief executive officer of the Meadville-Western Crawford County Chamber of Commerce.

“We hear that (Meadville is nice) often from visitors,” he added. “It’s a big plus.”

Relocate-America.com and its parent firm, HomeRoute, have been compiling the list since 1997 using both feedback and statistics. HomeRoute, based in Howell, Mich., provides marketing services to real estate agents and information to homebuyers and sellers.

“It’s a challenge every year to create this list because residents are so passionate about their communities,” Steve Nickerson, president and CEO of HomeRoute, said in a statement. “In addition to schools, people are looking to their communities for more amenities, and these top places provide those benefits.”

A variety of criteria are used to determine whether a city makes the list, according to Tonja Deegan, company spokeswoman.

It must be nominated by current or past residents or other individuals familiar with the community’s benefits. Relocate-America’s editorial team reviews the nominations for reasons regarding what makes the community special.

The descriptions often include its people, natural beauty, school, low crime rate, activities, economic health and affordable housing.

For verification and ranking, Relocate-America’s editorial staff reviews the nominated towns for education, crime, employment and housing data, Deegan said. Those making the Top 100 list aren’t necessarily votegetters, but are considered based on what makes the community special, she said.

From the Top 100, the Top 10 communities are ranked and the remaining 90 are compiled alphabetically to equally recognize those top communities on the list.

Meadville didn’t make the Top 10, but one Pennsylvania town did — State College. It ranks ninth overall while Naperville, Ill., was first.



Keith Gushard can be reached at 724-6370 or by e-mail at kgushard@meadvilletribune.com

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