MONEY’S best places to live in America! DC Area: Reston, Va (10th), Rockville, Md, (24th)

DC area – Reston (Va) and Rockville (Md) Named amongst America’s ‘Best Places to Live’ by Money Magazine

Reston, Va, Ranks #10 and Rockville, Md, Ranks #24 Out of Top 50 Small Cities in the Country.

Reston was the first modern planned community in the country, and the vision of its founder (who still lives there) has held up beautifully. The city is made up of five woodsy “villages,” which encompass a range of lakes, pools, shopping areas, golf courses, and more. ­Fifty-five miles of paths wind through these communities, ensuring that most homes are within a half-mile walk of a village center. The city’s de facto downtown is the lively if generic Reston Town Center mall, which has the usual assortment of shops and eateries, plus a pavilion that hosts concerts and, in winter, ice-skating. The headquarters of ComScore and Rolls-Royce North America are also located in Town Center, along with a Google office. Traffic in the area can be brutal, but things are looking up for folks who don’t work in town: An extension of the D.C. ­Metro opened in July, and it whisks Restonians to the center of Washington in a speedy 40 minutes.

Rockville‘s proximity to the nation’s capital and its location at the heart of Montgomery County’s tech corridor are among the reasons it has been ranked as one of the country’s « Best Places to Live, » by Money Magazine. The City ranked #24 out of 50 cities and towns with populations ranging from 50,000 to 300,000. In explaining the ranking, Money cited the City’s diverse population (34 percent of residents were born outside the United States) as well as its ample parkland, giving the community great opportunities for outdoor activities. The magazine also said a big draw for community members is an excellent public education system, which features several Rockville schools among the top in the nation. The magazine cited several big local employers in its description of what makes Rockville a great place to live, including Lockheed Martin and Westat, and made note of Choice Hotels International headquarters’ move to Rockville in 2012.

Two other Maryland communities were ranked as « Best Places to Live » as well: Columbia/Ellicott City (6th) and Bowie (28th). For more on the rankings, visit time.com/money/collection/best-places-to-live.

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