Ashley Pond in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Jebb Harris/The Orange County Register
Los Alamos shares the spotlight alongside many big-name cities as one of the top “10 Most Livable Neighborhoods in the United States,” according to results from a new study by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).
The list is based on AARP’s Livability Index, which ranks cities and towns in several categories: housing; neighborhood; transportation; environment; healthcare; engagement and opportunity.
“Los Alamos is a great town not only for a person looking to relocate or retire but for families as well because we have a high ratio of venues which encourage social engagement, our crime rates are low, and proximity to most of our attractions is easy to access,” said Kelly Stewart, marketing specialist with Los Alamos County Community and Economic Development Department. “There’s always something to do in Los Alamos whether you love the outdoors, culture or both.”
According to AARP, Los Alamos was chosen because of the town’s “main street atmosphere, fresh air, clean water and gorgeous scenery at 7,355 feet. Economic opportunity is high, crime is low and good paying jobs are within a short commute by car. Good entertainment options.”
Some of the most frequented attractions in Los Alamos County include: Bradbury Science Museum, Bandelier National Monument, Valles Caldera National Preserve, Los Alamos Historical Museum and the Historic Walking Tour along Downtown Los Alamos, which traces the town’s cultural history and that of its involvement with the Manhattan Project of World War II.
Other cities that ranked in AARP’s most livable neighborhoods include (by rank): Mifflin West, Madison, Wis.; Upper West Side, Manhattan; Downtown Crossing, Boston; South of Market, San Francisco; Washburn, La Crosse, Wis.; Downtown, Sioux Falls, S.D.; Southside, Virginia, Minn.; Downtown, Bismarck, N.D.; Downtown, Seattle; Downtown, Los Alamos, N.M.
Los Alamos has consistently been ranked at the top of many “best” lists in the past including: “Best Secret Ski Towns in the U.S.” (National Geographic); “10 Best Small Towns to Visit” (Smithsonian); “Healthiest Place to Live” (Bloomberg); “Richest Counties in America” (Forbes); among many others.
AARP is a non profit, non partisan organization with a membership of more than 37 million. To read the entire article on AARP’s website, click here. For more information about Los Alamos, see visitlosalamos.com.