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  1. 2008 May 12 America’s Best Cities for the Outdoors • RANK: #27 • BASIS: Park land, recreation, sunny days, temperature, air quality

  2. 2008 May 20 100 Best Places to Raise a Family • RANK: #28 • BASIS: crime rates, school quality, healthcare, the arts, housing costs, average commute times and divorce rates

  3. 2008 August 27 Home Value Gains • RANK: #1 • BASIS: Appreciation rates, as reported by the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight Home Price Index

  4. 2008 September 10 Volunteerism • Volunteer Rate Ranking: 11th of the 50 largest cities • Average Volunteer Rate: 32.1% • Volunteer Hours Ranking: 17th of the 50 largest cities • Average Volunteer Hoursper Resident: 40.7 hours

  5. 2008 September 24 Best-Performing Cities • RANK: #50 of the 200 largest Metros • BASIS: creating and retaining jobs • OKC had among the biggest gains of change in ranking – • up 58 spots from 2007

  6. 2008 October 15 Best Cities to Ride Out the Recession • RANK: #2 • BASIS: Housing data, job growth, unemployment, income, financial services and industry growth

  7. 2008 November 24 30 Best Cities to Find a Job • OKC is the largest city on the list, and has an unemployment rate of 3.5%.

  8. 2009 January 7 America’s 25 Strongest Housing Markets • Oklahoma City Metro • BASIS: forecast of how far real estate will likely fall before reaching bottom • Bottom expected: 2010 • Price change to bottom: 2.8%

  9. 2009 January 22 100 Best Companies to Work For • Three Oklahoma City-headquartered companies • Devon Energy • American Fidelity Assurance • Chesapeake Energy

  10. 2009 February 2 Best Places to Start a Small Business • RANK: #8 • BASIS: Small business growth, concentration, vitality

  11. 2009 March 25 Best Places for Business and Careers • RANK: #3 among metros larger than a million • BASIS: Cost of doing business, projected job growth, educational attainment

  12. 2009 April 1 America’s Most Livable Cities • RANK: #2 of cities over 1 million • BASIS: Income growth, culture, crime, unemployment rate

  13. 2009 April 3 The 10 Best of Everything Families • Best Skate Parks in U.S. • Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park

  14. 2009 April 14 Best Big Cities for Jobs • RANK: #9 • BASIS: Job growth, rate of unemployment since 1996