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7. Mason, OH
Mason, OH
7
Top 50 rank: 7
Population: 31,761

At the helm is Mayor David Nichols. Formerly CEO of a publicly traded manufacturing company, he has helped bring several new employers to town -- where they join an already impressive list of firms like Procter & Gamble and Mitsubishi.

These jobs, plus proximity to Cincinnati and Dayton, attract a diverse workforce, and the schools are among Ohio's best.

The shopping, on the other hand. is less varied. While Mason does have a few non-chain restaurants and shops in town, big-box stores are the norm. --I.S.M.

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Mason, OH
Town stats
Median family income (per year)
$95,364
Job growth % (2010-2012)
4.90%
Median home price (2012)
$176,500
Reading test scores (% above/below average)
21.1%
Math test scores (% above/below average)
31.4%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000)
0
Property crime incidents (per 1,000)
14
Financials
Town stats
Median family income (per year)
$95,364
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted)
$105,177
Sales tax
6.50%
State income tax rate (highest bracket)
5.93%I
State income tax rate (lowest bracket)
0.59%I
Auto insurance premiums (Average price quotes, for the state)
$1,381
Job growth % (2010-2012)
4.90%
Housing
Median home price (2012)
$176,500
Average property taxes
(2012)
$3,369
Education
Reading test scores (% above/below state average)
21.1%
Test scores math (% above/below average)
31.4%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits)
92.2/7.8
Quality of life
Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good)
73.8%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000)
0
Property crime incidents (per 1,000)
14
Median commute time (in minutes)
21.4
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer
12.2%
% population walk or bike to work
1.0%
Leisure and culture
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts)
0.4
Weather
Annual rainfall (inches)
42.6
% clear days in the area
49%
High temp in July ° F
87.3°
Low temp in Jan ° F
18.9°
Meet the neighbors
Median age
37.0
Completed at least some college (% of residents)
71.0%
Married %
62.9%
Divorced %
6.8%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity)
63.1
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From the September 2013 issue

Source: Onboard Informatics. Details


(I) Income tax notes:
17 states have statutory provision for automatically adjusting to the rate of inflation the dollar values of the income tax brackets, standard deductions, and/or personal exemptions. Massachusetts, Michigan, and Nebraska index the personal exemption only. Oregon does not index the income brackets for $125,000 and over.
Ohio provides an additional tax credit of $20 per exemption.
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