Here are some sources that measure things like income, business climate, individual health, outdoors activity, educational degree, water quality, pollution, crime, and other neat marketing items.
Know your surroundings if you are doing a start-up or trying marketing or advertising.
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America's Top Rated Cities also contains typical prices for office space and consumer products
America's Top Rated Smaller Cities (no San Marcos, what the heck?) also contains typical prices for office space and consumer products