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Pleasanton ranks #4 on national list of best U.S. cities

Survey cites city's excellent schools, low crime, high employment numbers

Pleasanton ranks No. 4 in a recent survey of America's 50 Best Cities to Live In conducted by 24/7 Wall Street, a nationally recognized online website targeting investors and the business community.

The list was profiled in an article in yesterday's edition of the nationally-circulated daily newspaper USA Today. It was also talked about on yesterday's "Live with Kelly & Michael" morning television show on ABC.

The staff at 24/7 Wall Street reviewed data on 550 cities with populations of 65,000 or more, as measured by the U.S. Census Bureau. The ranking was determined on the basis of variables such as crime, education, employment growth, leisure, infrastructure, environment, and housing affordability.

"Pleasanton is a community where everyone makes an investment into the greater good and it's reflected through excellent schools, a robust economy, and amenities for all who live and work here," observed Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho. "We're very honored to receive this recognition."

Pleasanton ranked highest on safety, with a 97.4% score in the category, not surprising considering that violent crime per 100,000 residents is 68.2.

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Education in Pleasanton garnered another high score, at 91%, and the survey narrative describes local students as "having access to a high-quality education, with secondary students performing well above the state average in math, language arts, and science last year."

The website nerdwallet.com ranks Pleasanton Unified School District among the Top Ten school districts in California, and both of the city's comprehensive high schools consistently rank among the Top 100 High Schools in California by U.S. News and World Report.

Economic indicators were also factored into the formula to determine America's 50 Best Cities to Live In, and Pleasanton ranked high in this category, with an 84.7. The median income in Pleasanton ($112,000) is among the highest in the country, and the unemployment rate in the city is just 3.7%, one of the lowest rates nationwide. Several large business parks, including

Hacienda, a business park that is the largest in Northern California, provides employment for more than 40,000 workers in the city.

The high employment is complemented by Pleasanton's central location, at the axis of Interstates 580 and 680, and with two BART stations, giving it an average commuter travel time of 28.9 minutes.

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Pleasanton ranks #4 on national list of best U.S. cities

Survey cites city's excellent schools, low crime, high employment numbers

by / Pleasanton Weekly

Uploaded: Thu, Sep 18, 2014, 6:46 am
Updated: Mon, Sep 22, 2014, 6:33 am

Pleasanton ranks No. 4 in a recent survey of America's 50 Best Cities to Live In conducted by 24/7 Wall Street, a nationally recognized online website targeting investors and the business community.

The list was profiled in an article in yesterday's edition of the nationally-circulated daily newspaper USA Today. It was also talked about on yesterday's "Live with Kelly & Michael" morning television show on ABC.

The staff at 24/7 Wall Street reviewed data on 550 cities with populations of 65,000 or more, as measured by the U.S. Census Bureau. The ranking was determined on the basis of variables such as crime, education, employment growth, leisure, infrastructure, environment, and housing affordability.

"Pleasanton is a community where everyone makes an investment into the greater good and it's reflected through excellent schools, a robust economy, and amenities for all who live and work here," observed Pleasanton City Manager Nelson Fialho. "We're very honored to receive this recognition."

Pleasanton ranked highest on safety, with a 97.4% score in the category, not surprising considering that violent crime per 100,000 residents is 68.2.

Education in Pleasanton garnered another high score, at 91%, and the survey narrative describes local students as "having access to a high-quality education, with secondary students performing well above the state average in math, language arts, and science last year."

The website nerdwallet.com ranks Pleasanton Unified School District among the Top Ten school districts in California, and both of the city's comprehensive high schools consistently rank among the Top 100 High Schools in California by U.S. News and World Report.

Economic indicators were also factored into the formula to determine America's 50 Best Cities to Live In, and Pleasanton ranked high in this category, with an 84.7. The median income in Pleasanton ($112,000) is among the highest in the country, and the unemployment rate in the city is just 3.7%, one of the lowest rates nationwide. Several large business parks, including

Hacienda, a business park that is the largest in Northern California, provides employment for more than 40,000 workers in the city.

The high employment is complemented by Pleasanton's central location, at the axis of Interstates 580 and 680, and with two BART stations, giving it an average commuter travel time of 28.9 minutes.

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Comments

Love P-town, but seriously?
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 18, 2014 at 7:51 am
Love P-town, but seriously?, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 18, 2014 at 7:51 am

I wonder how the commute time was calculated . With San Francisco over 40 minutes away by train, and Fremont over 1 hour by car in regular traffic? Does most Pleasantonians work in the city?!

I bet we wouldn't even get to the first 10 if they haven't skipped thru the house affordability...:)


Qwert
Ironwood
on Sep 18, 2014 at 8:25 am
Qwert, Ironwood
on Sep 18, 2014 at 8:25 am

This is complete baloney. San Ramon schools have consistently outperformed PUSD within a timeline of two decades. San Ramon also has a high income rate, with the average household income at 150K. So I greatly question the validity of this preposterous notion.


Ribit
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 18, 2014 at 9:04 am
Ribit, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 18, 2014 at 9:04 am

You want a shorter commute, move to Mountain View, Sunnyvale, San Jose. What's that, you don't like the housing prices in those locals? You also don't like the schools there? Well, those are the breaks. You could try Palo Alto or San Francisco -- a reasonable joint there will set you back in excess of $3 Mil. And in SF, certain folks do No.1 and No.2 on the sidewalk, and expose certain parts of their anatomy to your kiddies. Think the housing is too high here? You could try Pittsburg, Tracy, Modesto or Stockton. Oops, they're not rated above 1000 in the best cities list, and the commute is a real ____ buster. You could move to Morgan Hill, but if show the U. S. flag in the schools there, they suspend you. I guess they consider it a foreign flag there.


P-Town Mom
Fairlands Elementary School
on Sep 18, 2014 at 9:07 am
P-Town Mom, Fairlands Elementary School
on Sep 18, 2014 at 9:07 am

Come on everyone! Pleasanton is a great place to live. There were many more factors, like Bart, crime rates, etc that were taken into consideration. I've lived in many other places, Dublin, Union City, Brentwood and there is no other place like Pleasanton. Yes, there are many whiners who live here and of course no city is perfect, but some don't realize how lucky we all are - enjoy your city and take pride.


Damon
Foothill Knolls
on Sep 18, 2014 at 9:49 am
Damon, Foothill Knolls
on Sep 18, 2014 at 9:49 am

@Qwert: "This is complete baloney. San Ramon schools have consistently outperformed PUSD within a timeline of two decades."

I don't know by what measure you say that San Ramon schools have "consistently outperformed PUSD". Pleasanton and San Ramon both have strong school systems.

When we were looking to buy a house a few years ago, we considered San Ramon and looked at some open houses there. But we liked the feel of Pleasanton so we bought here. Lots of nice parks throughout the town, including at least one in every neighborhood. Also, good downtown area and good people.


Jim
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 18, 2014 at 10:03 am
Jim, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 18, 2014 at 10:03 am

Qwert- Jealous much..... This town is an amazing place to live. Love thy neighbor remember:-)


John
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 18, 2014 at 10:30 am
John, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 18, 2014 at 10:30 am

Oh, goody. Rich investors on Wall Street think Pleasanton is a great place to live. Sure, we've always known it is way above average for towns its size. So good to know that the rich folk think so. I feel so validated.


Great!
Vintage Hills
on Sep 18, 2014 at 10:59 am
Great!, Vintage Hills
on Sep 18, 2014 at 10:59 am

Great! Anything that makes the price of my house go up works for me!
The commute time is puzzling though....takes me 15-20 minutes just to get to 680 so unless I work at Koll Center not sure about that part.
Pleasanton is a great place to live overall. Schools are rated great because the test scores are high. Great job Pleasanton students!


Dee
Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 18, 2014 at 11:04 am
Dee, Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 18, 2014 at 11:04 am

Pleasanton is an excellent city to raise a family.


A different Jim
Oak Hill
on Sep 18, 2014 at 11:18 am
A different Jim, Oak Hill
on Sep 18, 2014 at 11:18 am

Wow, a great compliment from the the paper and some angry person has to bad mouth it. Can't believe the teacher-haters haven't jumped in saying "we would be #1 if it were't for the damn union". HA!


Julia
another community
on Sep 18, 2014 at 11:31 am
Julia, another community
on Sep 18, 2014 at 11:31 am

What a bunch of BS propaganda..

If you people really believe this, I know of a big red bridge for sale for a $1.00.

Hope you are listening, Julia Pardini from Alamo...A community much better to live and raise a family in than Pleasanton.


citizen
Birdland
on Sep 18, 2014 at 11:37 am
citizen, Birdland
on Sep 18, 2014 at 11:37 am

Just happy to be here! Thank you Pleasanton,


Damon
Foothill Knolls
on Sep 18, 2014 at 1:04 pm
Damon, Foothill Knolls
on Sep 18, 2014 at 1:04 pm

@Julia : "Hope you are listening, Julia Pardini from Alamo...A community much better to live and raise a family in than Pleasanton."

Yes, but the drawback is that we would have to live in the same community as Julia Pardini.

I think I'll stick with Pleasanton!


Jim Denham
Downtown
on Sep 18, 2014 at 1:08 pm
Jim Denham, Downtown
on Sep 18, 2014 at 1:08 pm

I grew up in "Lamorinda" and loved it there. Now I'm a Livermore guy, operating a wine shop in an old movie theater in downtown Pleasanton. Life's brevity deserves more than one place experience: There are lots of great places to settle down and thrive!


Bill
Pleasanton Heights
on Sep 18, 2014 at 4:19 pm
Bill, Pleasanton Heights
on Sep 18, 2014 at 4:19 pm
Barbara
Amador Valley High School
on Sep 18, 2014 at 4:25 pm
Barbara, Amador Valley High School
on Sep 18, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Once they read all the nastiness on the Weekly's Town Square, we'll fall into the bottom half.


Compare Apples
Vineyard Avenue
on Sep 18, 2014 at 5:01 pm
Compare Apples, Vineyard Avenue
on Sep 18, 2014 at 5:01 pm

@Quest: At least in Pleasanton we know there's a difference between average and median income. BTW, take Monte Vista, San Ramon Valley and the other schools in Danville and Alamo out of the picture and then tell me how great San Ramon schools are, especially over 20 years since DV doesn't kick in.


Janine Miller
Highland Oaks
on Sep 18, 2014 at 5:23 pm
Janine Miller, Highland Oaks
on Sep 18, 2014 at 5:23 pm

I find it very frustrating that a city the likes of ours, with all its money and the prestige that goes along with being #4 in the country, cannot come to contractual terms with the very people who are employed to keep its citizens safe, its roads maintained, its parks beautiful and its culture alive. As the two sayings go, "Employees are a successful business's most valuable resource," and "You get what you pay for." Above all, shame on you Mayor Thorne and City Council! In your efforts to pinch pennies and appear "fiscally responsible" you are inviting the very real probability of poor employee morale and labor flight, which eventually will equate to inferior public safety services and upkeep of our infrastructure. My son is married to a tenured Pleasanton city employee so I am well aware of the serious labor issues our city faces in the near future... please don't be foolish, we deserve better.


liberalism is a disease
Registered user
Birdland
on Sep 18, 2014 at 6:27 pm
liberalism is a disease, Birdland
Registered user
on Sep 18, 2014 at 6:27 pm

[Removed because it was off topic]


community member
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 18, 2014 at 8:13 pm
community member, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 18, 2014 at 8:13 pm

[Removed because it was irrelevant]


PLR
Registered user
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 18, 2014 at 11:16 pm
PLR, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
Registered user
on Sep 18, 2014 at 11:16 pm

Without considering water resources in this assessment for near and long term resilience of the city, the assessment holds no water!


liberalism is a disease
Registered user
Birdland
on Sep 19, 2014 at 6:28 am
liberalism is a disease, Birdland
Registered user
on Sep 19, 2014 at 6:28 am

Janine, your comments would be better directed at the people's republic of Berserkely.


Michael Austin
Registered user
Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 19, 2014 at 3:38 pm
Michael Austin, Pleasanton Meadows
Registered user
on Sep 19, 2014 at 3:38 pm

There is not a lot of money.
Pleasanton is not balancing out with a net profit.
There are primarily five sources of income for Pleasanton.
All five of those sources posted net loos for year ending June 30, 2013.
End of year June 30, 2014 numbers are "not available".

1. Water revenue posted a net loss of (1,857,937).
2. Sewer revenue posted a net loss of (1,700,023).
3. Golf revenue posted a net loss of (1,121,963). - Callippee Golf Course.
4. Storm Drain posted a net loss of (1,218,789).
5. Other non major revenue posted a net loss of (635,493).

Pleasanton has a reserve fund that is approximately 13,000,000.


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