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Savage Named One of Top 100 Places to Live in U.S.

CNN's Money Magazine ranked the town number 51 for its parks, affordable housing and economic vitality.

For years, Mayor Janet Williams has called Savage the "best kept secret" south of the Minnesota River. The secret is out. This week, CNN's Money magazine named Savage one of the 100 best places to live in America.

The city was number 51 on the list. The pool of competitors is rather large: On a whole there are about 19,000 municipal governments in the U.S. according to the National League of Cities. There are 643 in Savage's population range, from 25,000 to 50,000.

The magazine praised Savage real estate, calling the city a bastion of "reasonably priced homes" where a first-time buyer can find a three-bedroom for $185,000 and $210,000. Savage also got high marks for its "quaint Main Street area," and recreational infrastructure. 

It's quite an honor for the city, which claimed just a couple hundred residents when Williams was a child. Over the past two to three decades, the city's population increased rapidly, burgeoning to 28,000 by the 2010 census. However, Savage has retained much of its rural charm and natural beauty. In fact, City Administrator Barry Stock said 37 percent of the city's land area is green space — parks, wetlands and nature preserves.

"I'm excited. We like that kind of positive publicity," Williams said. 

Both Williams and Stock said the city government has worked hard to make Savage an appealing place to live, particularly over the last ten years. During the last decade, the Savage City Council has made a concerted effort to revive and beautify its downtown. The city also succeeded in building a thriving business park.

"We're very pleased and proud to have made the list," Stock said. 

Other cities in Minnesota made the cut as well. Nearby Chanhassen was named number 10. Shoreview, Arden Hills and Lino Lakes also appeared in the top 75.

Kevin Brandon August 17, 2011 at 08:19 AM
I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, [T-a-g-C-e-n-t] . [c-o-m]
Randy Quast August 18, 2011 at 05:27 AM
Savage is, as its name implies, "savage!" Particularly when referring to its police force. I was a resident in Savage, but moved-out after the Dakota County Drug Task Force (of which Savage participates) raided my home, "SWAT-style!" End result . . . all charges were dismissed. Savage has a brutal, "savage" police force. It may be a quaint town - but watch out for their cops!
dre_in_minnesota August 18, 2011 at 08:43 PM
They will pull you over on that little stretch between Lynn and the raised railroad, the speed limit drops 10 mph and then go back up after passing it.That's their little secret...lol

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