Forbes recently ranked Sandy Springs 15th among “America’s Top 25 Best Towns to Live Well” with populations of fewer than 100,000 people. Boulder, Colo., topped the list.
No other Georgia city made the list.
ZoomProspector.com, a consulting firm specializing in corporate relocation, provided the data to Forbes. It listed among Sandy Springs’ strong points that it ranks in the top 10 percent of towns measured in friendliness to sole proprietors and small businesses. It said the average commute is 23 minutes, and 63 percent of residents have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
As drawbacks, the firm cited the lack of patent generation and venture capital funding.
Characteristics considered by ZoomProspector included the number of museums, parks, bars and restaurants, and cultural institutions per capita, as well as factors indicative of a favorable business environment.
The survey also looked at the quality of the labor force, including the percentage of foreign-born workers and the percentage of people ages 25 to 34 with bachelor’s degrees or higher, both indicators of places to which skilled workers are willing to move.
After Boulder, the cities above Sandy Springs were, in order: Doral, Fla.; Fairfax, Va.; Mountain View, Calif.; Cupertino, Calif.; Newton, Mass.; Columbia, Md.; Rockville, Md.; Coral Gables, Fla.; Foster City, Calif.; Belmont, Calif.; Hillsborough, Calif.; North Potomac, Md.; and Santa Monica, Calif.