Where Big City Living is Best

first_imgSubscribe Sign up for DS News Daily Where Big City Living is Best Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Housing 80 percent of the population, despite only taking up 3 percent of the nation’s landmass, urban areas are the most popular places to live in the U.S. However, some cities may be better for homebuyers than others, according to a study from WalletHub. Analyzing five key categories which included affordability, economic health, quality of life, health and education, and safety, WalletHub compiled a ranking list of the 62 best big cities to live in the country.Taking the top spot is Seattle. Though Seattle ranks 50th in affordability, which may drive some lower-income buyers away, the city ranks first in both “economy” and “education and health.” A high standard of living may be due in part to Seattle also holding the highest number of residents aged 25 and older with a high school diploma or higher.At the bottom of WalletHub’s ranking is Albuquerque, New Mexico. Though Albuquerque ranks high in affordability, sitting at number eight, poor scores in the economy category, education and health, and safety bring the city down.Virginia Beach, Virginia takes second place, due in part to its affordable housing. Virginia Beach ranks third in affordability, while still holding high rankings in education and health, as well as safety. Additionally, Virginia Beach has the highest homeownership rate of all 62 cities WalletHub surveyed, tied with the lowest percentage of the population living below the poverty line.While many who plan to move to these cities place cost of living high on their list of concerns, these other factors WalletHub examines can make or break their decisions. For example, can the employment opportunities available support the cost of living in the city?“The biggest mistake people make when planning a move to a new place is mis-estimating the relationship between sources of income that are going to be available in the new setting and the cost of living,” said Clara E. Irazábal-Zurita, Professor of Urban Planning, Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design, University of Missouri – Kansas City. “If income is insufficient, people can incur in debt and the situation will eventually become unsustainable.”For more, find the full report and findings here. Previous: Litigation and Legislation Impacting Housing Next: NY Housing Market Hitting High Notes Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn 2018-07-24 Seth Welborn Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Journal, Market Studies, News Home / Daily Dose / Where Big City Living is Best July 24, 2018 22,578 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Share 1Save  Print This Postlast_img read more

Record heat

first_imgIt was the ninth driest May in Savannah since records began in 1871, the seventh driest in Athens since 1857, the third driest in Columbus since 1948, and the fifth driest in Macon since 1892. For the spring period of March through May, it was the sixth driest in Columbus since 1948 and the ninth driest in Macon since 1892. There were no daily rainfall records set in May.The highest single-day rainfall from Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network stations was 3.53 inches in DeKalb County May 27. Another nearby observer reported 3.07 inches on the same day. The highest monthly total precipitation of 4.38 inches was measured at the same location, with two additional monthly totals of 4.12 and 4.02 inches reported by other observers in DeKalb County in May.Severe weather was reported on six days. No tornadoes were reported, but scattered hail and wind damage did occur. On May 26, almost 200,000 customers in metro Atlanta and 240,000 customers across the state were without power due to strong storms. Three people died in Atlanta due to falling trees, and a UPS truck was set on fire. Lightning sparked several house fires. Windshields were damaged by softball-size hail in Fannin County.A large forest fire consumed more than 230 square miles of swampland and forest mostly in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Georgia. The fire was apparently set by lightning April 28 and is the largest in the area since 2007, when more than 500,000 acres burned during Georgia’s last drought.Drought expanded across most of the state by the end of the month. The southern three-quarters of the state was in drought conditions by late May, and more than 50 percent was considered to be in extreme drought. Soil moisture conditions declined, as the lack of rainfall and high temperatures accelerated evapotranspiration and stressed plants. By the end of the month, more than 80 percent of subsurface soil moisture was reported as short to very short. The heat was on. Rain was scarce, and drought expanded across Georgia in May. The state got a reprieve from the waves of severe weather, which swept through in April, but scattered wind and hail damage did occur.Temperatures were above normal everywhere in Georgia for a fourth straight month. In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 70.9 degrees F (1.1 degrees above normal), in Athens 70.4 degrees (1.3 degrees above normal), Columbus 74 degrees (1.7 degrees above normal), Macon 72.3 degrees (1.3 degrees above normal), Savannah 75 degrees (2.2 degrees above normal), Brunswick 75.3 degrees (1.6 degrees above normal), Alma 74.6 degrees (0.8 degree above normal), Valdosta 75.4 degrees (2.7 degrees above normal) and Augusta 71.9 degrees (1.6 degrees above normal). This spring has been the second warmest in Columbus since 1948, the ninth warmest in Atlanta since 1878, and the tenth warmest in Savannah since 1871, when records began at each location.Several record daily high and low temperatures were broken. Many more record highs and a few record lows were tied. Athens set a record low temperature May 5, when a reading of 37 degrees broke the old record of 38 degrees set in 1940. Light frost was reported in a few locations but did not cause damage to crops.center_img Macon reported 96 degrees May 12, breaking the old record of 95 degrees set in 1967. Savannah recorded 99 degrees, breaking the old record of 97 degrees set in 1956. Alma and Columbus broke or tied daily high temperature records on seven and eight days, respectively, during the month.April was very dry across most of Georgia, with the exception of the northern quarter of the state. The driest areas were the south-central and southwest regions. Most of the rainfall this month came from thunderstorm activity, which is highly variable.The highest monthly total precipitation from National Weather Service reporting stations was 2.93 inches in Atlanta (1.02 inches below normal). The lowest was in Brunswick at 0.58 inch (2.11 inches below normal). Valdosta received 1.20 inches (2.04 inches below normal), Athens 0.82 inch (3.04 inches above normal), Alma 0.85 inch (2.19 inches below normal), Columbus 0.65 inch (2.97 inches below normal), Macon 0.66 inch (2.32 inches below normal), Savannah 0.77 inch (2.84 inches below normal) and Augusta 2.50 inches (0.45 inch above normal).last_img read more

Westport Winery Doubles Gift Shop, Tasting Bar and Adds Produce

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin1 Submitted by Westport WineryIn response to increasing popularity Westport Winery has doubled the size of their gift shop and tasting bar. “We’ve been struggling to accommodate all those who want to try our wines as we’ve grown so much in the past six years. Because we can’t add on to the building we’ve reallocated space inside in an effort to better serve everyone,” winery co-owner Kim Roberts said.Local firefighter and concrete contractor Kelly Niemi was tasked to craft the new tasting bar. “Our current bar is made from PaperStone, an amazing product developed here in Grays Harbor. We wanted to make sure we used another locally crafted product on this bar.” When the winery opened Niemi created custom concrete sinks in both of the winery’s public restrooms.With the addition of the second tasting bar, the winery took the initiative to increase their retail options as well. “We’re adding a lot of non-GMO foods, vegan and gluten-free options, and more local products,” Roberts said. “Since we grow so many fruits and vegetables we’re also adding a new section of fresh produce.”One big change that was suggested by their guests is an increased availability of to-go products from their restaurant. “So many people have asked us to make their trip home after work or on their way to the beach more convenient. We’ve got soups, sandwiches, and salad dressings available in our grab-and-go case right from our kitchen to theirs.” The winery is also adding a fresh juice bar to their diverse selection of fresh food for their guests.Our restaurant has always had the name, Farm to Fork, even though we haven’t capitalized on it in the past. All these changes in the winery give us the chance to further enhance the nature of who we are and what we do. We make fresh food with local products and offer them on a daily basis. It’s a new kind of convenience store. We’re local, healthy and focused on quality.Westport Winery and Vineyards By-the-Sea with its unique sculpture garden and grape maze is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. These award-winning wines are exclusively available at this location. The winery and bakery are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery at 360-648-2224.last_img read more