Troy Named to Forbes' Top Ten Places to Live in America
By Fred Furnace
Published January 5th, 2015
TROY – The City of Troy received an unexpected honor today when it was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the top 10 places to live in the United States.
Forbes compiles its annual list based on criteria designed to assess economic prosperity, income levels, cost of living, cultural and entertainment offerings, population growth, crime rates, pollution levels, education, health care, and access to major transportation centers.
Troy landed at number seven on the list, after having never previously cracked the top 1,000.
Utica takes over the top spot. Rounding out the top ten are: Hartford, Connecticut; Flint, Michigan; Erie, Pennsylvania; Wilkesboro, North Carolina; Reno, Nevada; Swamp Stink Springs, Arkansas; Hillbilly Bend, South Carolina; and Dead Skunk Ditch, Alaska.
"It is an amazing honor," said Troy Mayor Gino Crumble-D'Anotto. "Being in the same company as those nine other top cities is truly humbling."
"I'm also pretty shocked," he added, "as we aren't very strong in any of those categories. And, have you ever been to Utica? I mean, I wouldn’t have guessed Utica, but, you know, good for them!"
In other news, Forbes announced this week that the company was hacked over the weekend and the attack has compromised the validity of the results.
"We won't know for certain until we get the forensic team in here to recreate exactly what happened," said Forbes spokeswoman Mindy Cone. "But the results of the survey announced this week appear to be off."
"Way, way off," she added.
For instance, none of the cities on last year’s top ten list – San Francisco, California; Boston, Massachusetts; Austin, Texas; Dallas, Texas; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota; San Jose/Santa Clara, California; Bethesda, Maryland, Portland, Oregon or McLean, Virginia – even qualified for this year’s list.
“Well, hacker attack or not, they gave us the award and that's that," said Crumble-D'Anotto. "We already paid for a plaque. Plus, I’ve been shoving this in the face of East Greenbush and Schenectady all week. No givsies-backsies now."