LA ranks second behind Clayton

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Survey > Website rates state’s best communities for young people

By Tris DeRoma

Last year about this time, Los Alamos ranked pretty high on one of “America’s Best Communities For Young People” by an organization called the Promise Alliance.
In October 2013, a website called nerdwallet.com has taken up the mantle. Nerdwallet.com’s staff is currently in the middle of rating communities in all 50 states, and they just completed New Mexico.
In their New Mexico list, Los Alamos was ranked second, right behind Clayton, which seemed to have claimed the top spot due rate of growth, monthly homeowner costs and median home value.
According to nerdwallet.com, the median home value of a house in Los Alamos is $308,000 compared to Clayton’s $86,700. Monthly Owner Costs in Los Alamos is $1,948, as compared to $957 in Clayton. From 1999 to 2011, Clayton experienced a 57.4 percent growth rate as compared to Los Alamos’ 45.9 percent.
Overall, New Mexico is ranking somewhere in the middle as one of the best states for young people, said nerdwallet.com’s spokesperson, Laura Zulliger. The website is about two thirds of the way through its survey.

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