Just In . . .

Today’s featured addition to the reference section is the massive two-volume America’s Top-Rated Small Towns & Cities: A Statistical Handbook. It’s an absolutely invaluable source of information on the comparative quality of life in small towns and cities in the United States.

Take a random look, for example, at page 709 of Volume 1, where a certain city at 37.56 degrees north latitude, 97.35 degrees west longitude, at an elevation of 1,260 feet covers a land area of 3.509 square miles. While 22nd in population among Kansas small towns, it ranks 17th (among 72) in rate of growth from 2000 to 2008.

You’ll find that the home ownership rate in this small city is 81.7% (8th among its peers), and that 87% of its citizens age 25 or older have at least a high school diploma or GED equivalent.

There are pages of rankings for comparable towns and cities in nearly 30 relevant categories — for every state in the nation.

Want to learn more about this town and others? Visit the Haysville Community Library and check it out.

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