Monday, 15 August 2011 08:49
The annual Money Magazine rankings of Best Places to Live in America ranks towns across the United States on factors such as great job opportunities, top-notch schools, safe streets, economic strength, nice weather, plenty to do, and more.
Carroll County District 5 Commissioner Doug Howard, an Eldersburg resident reacted to the news by saying "That's something we in Eldersburg knew about what a great place this is to live, and now the rest of the world needs to know."
The description of Eldersburg in the rankings seems outdated, not well researched, and not really characterizing the charms of Eldersburg life. The Money Magazine listing of Eldersburg reads:
"Those looking for an easy commute to Washington, D.C. often look no further than Eldersburg. The town, once mostly farmland, has seen a steady influx of families over the last 20 years. Don’t let the new Home Depot, Wal-Mart, and Kohl’s department store fool you: Eldersburg is still a small, quiet town with lush hills and a large reservoir. While the homes aren’t cheap, the county’s public schools rank among the best in the state."
Ellen Dix, president of the Freedom Area Citizen's Council, a non-profit organizatin representing Eldersburg community interests shared her reaction to this year's ranking. "That's great. That ranking is based on factors such as crime statistics; however, when I look at the congestion, that's not something that's taken into consideration. I'm interested to see how the crime statistics change with the change to the Carroll County Sherriff as the primary law enforcement."
The area's economic strenth was one of the factors in the annual ranking. Carroll County Deputy Director of Economic Development Denise Beaver noted that the vibrancy of the local business environment and Eldersburg's location are positives for the community, and said, "Eldersburg is certainly well-deserving of Money Magazine's recognition."
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