Residents in Lennox have a reason to pat themselves on the back for keeping up their community. The city earned a high ranking as ‘One of the Best Places to Live in South Dakota’ on a website that specializes in these types of community rankings. HomeSnacks.net ranked Lennox as the No. 9 spot in South Dakota to live.
According to HomeSnacks’ website, HomeSnacks has been professionally ranking cities, neighborhoods, counties and states across America for more than three years and has 57 categories that are utilized for rankings
HomeSnacks’ website has the following statement, “HomeSnacks combines recent data from the Census, FBI, OpenStreetMaps and dozens of other sources into bite-sized studies to help you understand what it’s like to live in different communities across the country.”
The site was founded by Chris Kolmar and Nick Johnson and has been featured on major news outlets such as CBS, NBC and ABC News and a variety of news and radio stations, newspapers and websites across the country. The analysis that Lennox was featured in was written by Kolmar and was released Dec. 8, 2018. According to the analysis, this is the fifth time that HomeSnacks has ranked the best places to live in South Dakota.
Lennox made its way into the list as HomeSnacks broke down data from around the state. First, the HomeSnacks’ analysis started by breaking down locations into three categories: cities with populations over 2,000, towns with populations between 1,000 and 2,000, and small towns with populations below 1,000. Thirty-four cities, 37 towns and 239 small towns in South Dakota were then compared to each other to determined HomeSnacks’ top winners.
The criteria looked at by HomeSnacks were: median home values, median income, population density, unemployment rate, commute time, crime, education leaves, health insurance coverage and poverty rates. In addition, data sourced from the 2017 Census data plus FBI crime data was used in the analysis.
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