Magazine calls city affordable

DULUTH -- Bloomberg's BusinessWeek Magazine named Duluth as one of its Best Affordable Suburbs in America for 2010. The town took the top prize in Georgia.

"Affordability is among the most important factors when selecting a place to raise a family, but it is far from the only consideration. In too many regions, low prices also translate to substandard services, poor schools and high crime rates," the magazine stated.

Mayor Nancy Harris said she was pleased the city earned the distinction.

The key, she said, has been "listening to the citizens and being aware of the demographics we serve."

To create the list, BusinessWeek evaluated more than 800 communities on affordability and good quality of living using metrics on living expenses, income, crime rate, schools, commute, local economy, racial diversity and greenspace.

"Duluth has so much to offer," said Duluth spokeswoman Alisa Williams. "Combining great shopping, dining, entertainment, schools, housing and that community bond you just don't find everywhere else. You get big city amenities with a small town atmosphere. ... It is an honor to be recognized by BusinessWeek."