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Real Estate Site Ranks Erlanger, Ft. Thomas High, Covington, Newport & Florence Low

Real estate site Movoto has listed the fifteen best places to live in Kentucky using a formula based on total amenities, quality of life, total crimes, tax rates, unemployment rate, commute time, and weather.

Murray came out on top but Northern Kentucky was well represented in the top five with Burlington, Erlanger, and Fort Thomas all appearing there.

The site describes its formula: "With these criteria in mind, we took a look at the U.S. Census data for all of the places in Kentucky with populations over 10,000, which left us with a total of 42. Then, we ranked each from one to 42 in each criteria, with one being the best and 42 being the worst. After that, we averaged our rankings into an overall Big Deal Score, with the lowest score being the winner."

Movoto looked at 42 cities, all with populations of more than 10,000.

Northern Kentucky cities on the list:

City        Population      Rank, Quality of Life, Amenities, Total Crime, Tax, Unemployment, Commute, Weather, Big Deal Score

Burlington 16,298                 3, 5, 15, 3, 10,15, 36, 20, 14.86

Erlanger     18, 359                3, 7, 13, 12, 16, 7, 29, 20, 14.86

Ft. Thomas 16,222                5, 3, 9, 5, 21, 26, 22, 20, 15.14

Independence 25,664           16 , 17, 21, 2, 16, 19, 38, 20, 19

Newport     15,438                29, 8, 4, 41, 21, 41, 22, 20, 22.43

Covington  40,713                30, 8, 8, 40, 16, 33, 33, 20, 22.57

Florence     31,088                36, 15, 24, 35, 10, 40, 29, 20, 24.71

If these figures seem strange to you, learn more about the formula and weigh in: Movoto