Databases & Websites by Subject
- Moving Places
A list of resources for people who are considering moving
to another part of the country.
Consult these to compare cities across the country and
view several different city rankings.
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America's Top Rated Cities - 4 volumes - 2008
Includes background and statistical information on 100
U.S. cities that have populations of at least 100,000.
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America's Top-Rated Smaller Cities: A Statistical
Handbook - 2 volumes - 2008–2009
PProvides information on 111 U.S. cities with populations between 25,000 and 99,999. Each entry includes background information, the city’s ranking in a variety of categories, and business and living statistics.
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Comparative Guide to American Suburbs - 2007
Compares suburbs of the 60 largest metropolitan areas. Each metro section has individual community profiles and concludes with rankings in areas such as income and crime.
Ref 307.76 MOV
Moving & Relocation Directory - 2007–2008
Lists information for 121 popular relocation destinations
in the U.S. Both metropolitan areas and smaller cities
are included. Each entry contains information on local
government, surrounding communities, major employers,
media, shopping, and much more.
Fabulous Places to Raise Your Family by Kathleen Shaputis - 2006
Offers descriptions and a section on "possible drawbacks" for
307.76 SAV Also in Reference
Places Rated Almanac: The Classic Guide for Finding Your Best Places to Live in America by David Savageau - 2007
Rates and ranks 379 metropolitan areas by nine factors, including education, health care, crime, recreation, and climate.
Places to Raise Your Family: The Top 100 Affordable Communities
in the U.S. by Bert Sperling - 2007
Provides facts and figures for the 100 rated locations,
including the pros and cons of living in each community.
This work also offers a list of the "Best of the
Best" cities and ranks the best places for standard
of living, education, lifestyle, and health and safety.
307.76 SPE - Also in Reference
Ranked & Rated: More Than 400 Metropolitan Areas
Evaluated in the U.S. and Canada by Bert Sperling - 2004
Compares and contrasts cities in ten categories, including
economy and jobs, cost of living, and health and health
Insiders' Guide to Relocation by Beverly D. Roman - 2004
Provides advice on relocating to a new community and offers
tips on researching new areas. The last chapters provide
snapshots of popular relocation destinations across the
Information about Specific Places
In addition to the resources listed below, you can search for books on individual cities or states by using SWAN, the online catalog.
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of America: Facts, Figures & Statistics for
Every Populated Place in the United States - Volume
3: Central Region - 2003
Contains profiles of all counties and communities in Illinois,
Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin.
Ref 317.3 COM
Sourcebook of ZIP Code Demographics - 2008
Provides statistics on demographics, income, and more arranged
by ZIP code.
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and City Extra - 2006
Contains maps and tables of statistical information for
all U.S. states, counties, metropolitan areas, and cities
of 25,000 or more. Includes basic population data from
the 2000 census, as well as information on housing, income,
Ref 381.1 EDI
Editor & Publisher Market Guide - 2009
Provides brief market and demographic information for over
1,600 U.S. and Canadian cities. This publication offers
facts and figures that could be of use to those seeking
information on smaller cities. Topics include transportation,
principal industries, shopping centers, restaurants, and
colleges and universities.
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Lifestyle Market Analyst - 2008
Combines both population data and lifestyle information
for over 200 cities and metropolitan areas. Though geared
toward marketers, Section I provides interesting insight
into the fitness, home life, hobbies, and leisure activities
of residents in a particular location.
Retirement Places Rated
These sources can help you find the best place to live after retiring.
America’s 100 Best Places to Retire - 2007
Criteria include cost of living, climate, housing costs, health care, and tax rates.
Retire in Style: 60 Outstanding Places Across the USA and Canada by Warren R. Bland - 2005
Twelve comparisons and rating tables help readers find upscale communities.
Retirement Places Rated: What You Need to Know to Plan the Retirement You Deserve by David Savageau - 2007
Rates almost 200 cities and towns, ranking each according to cost of living, climate, services, and other important criteria.
Where to Retire
Bimonthly magazine with articles on places to retire and things to think about when retiring.
Additional Sources of Information
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Bacon’s Newspaper Directory - 2009
Arranged geographically, this guide provides a list of
the newspapers in a community. Subscribing to a newspaper
in advance of the move will yield information on town events,
real estate, and local concerns. This volume is part of
a set that also offers listings of radio, television, and
cable stations in a particular location.
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Library Directory - 2 volumes - 2008–2009
Provides the names and contact information for libraries
in the United States and Canada. A visit to the local library
when you are house hunting may yield helpful information.
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Chamber of Commerce Directory - 2008
Provides the contact information for local chambers of
commerce and convention and visitors bureaus in the United
States and abroad. These organizations may offer a great
deal of information about their respective communities.
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Patterson’s American Education - 2008
Contains the names, addresses, phone numbers, and principalsÆ names
for public and private secondary schools in the U.S.
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Patterson's Elementary Education - 2008
Contains the names, addresses, phone numbers, and principals' names
for public and private elementary schools in the U.S.
The Internet also has valuable information on moving
and relocation. Most cities have websites, and you
able to find local newspapers online. Try looking at
the sites of realtors, visitors bureaus, or chambers
of commerce for your future home, as well. Here are
some additional websites you may find useful:
Get a fact sheet on any community to learn more about that
population’s characteristics. Information comes
from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Best Places to Live
Learn more about Money Magazine’s choices for the
best places to live in the U.S. A number of other rankings
are available, as well as a listing of the top cities within
Offers city guides, school rankings, and statistics for
a select number of U.S. cities.
Find information about individual public schools or compare
different schools. The website includes tables, graphs,
and data on school performance, safety, and staffing.
Prepared by Bonnie Reid, March 2009