The Town of Firestone was recently ranked number 24 among the Best Places to Live among America’s Small Towns by Money Magazine.
The story, which was released Aug. 12 online at Money Magazine, highlights the top 50 small towns that made the list. Firestone was noted for its 432 percent population increase between 2000 and 2010 due to its low taxes and new housing developments. The community was also highlighted for its open spaces, outdoor recreational opportunities and growing economy.
Mayor Chad Auer said this is a tremendous honor for Firestone to be recognized among the top 25 communities in the nation.
“In my opinion, this is a testament to the community. Since taking office in 2008, I have continually been impressed with the sense of pride in Firestone. A neighbor helping each other is the norm. We work together, compete together, get in shape together and support each other,” Auer said. “We also value fiscal responsibility, we honor veterans and we celebrate America together. I know I am biased, but I am really proud to live in Firestone and this community deserves this recognition.”
Town Manager Wesley LaVanchy said, “I believe this honor is a tribute to the dedicated staff, volunteers and citizens in Firestone, as well as the authentic leadership from elected officials, boards and commissions.”
Money Magazine used statistics from data services company Onboard Informatics and other sources to compile the list of 2013 Best Places to Live. Screenings included U.S. towns with populations between 10,000 and 50,000, medium family income, job growth, housing appreciation and affordability, safety, schools, health care and economy.