Portales ranked ninth in the western states and 15th in the nation overall as one of the top places to live in America, according to a study conducted by Bizjournals.com. The study looked at 577 micropolitan areas, with a goal of identifying America’s most attractive areas with populations of 10,000 to 49,999. Portales, the smallest city in the top 25, received a quality of life score of 8.96, the 15th highest score in the nation. According to Scott Thomas, the author of the study, the per capita income, short commuting times, exceptionally low taxes, and substantial percentage of adults with a graduate degree are huge factors in why Portales is one of the top places to live in America.
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