Head Scratcher Rankings: Forget Beverly Hills, Narberth Is the Place to Live

by James Jennings | May 21, 2015 2:15 pm

Downtown Narberth | Photo: Dan Groff/Facebook[1]

Downtown Narberth | Photo: Don Groff

Ahhh, Narberth, we often find ourselves longing to bask in your wonderland of sunshine, streets lined with palm trees, (good) Eddie Murphy cop movies and Hillbillies shows, iconic shopping and bevy of stars living in mega-exclusive compounds. Wait, that’s Beverly Hills. Sorry, we often get the two mixed up. How is that possible, you ask? Well, Niche, a website that says its goal is to transform “the way people make big life decisions,” has ranked the Montgomery County locale as the tenth best suburb in the nation, ahead of places like Beverly Hills (12), Manhattan Beach, California (11) and even Lower Merion Township (25).  Are we proud of this? Yes, and Narberth Online’s Facebook page summed[2] it up for pretty much everyone in the region with a simple, “In your face, Beverly Hills!”

The top-100 ranks the ‘burbs based on “livability using grades for weather, safety, schools, and access to activities, jobs, housing, and transportation.” Science and math, people, get hip with these things. The “Things To Do Grade” carries the most weight (20%) as far as grading goes, according to the methodology[3]. Anyway, a handful of places in the Philadelphia metro area made the list: Narberth (10), Lower Merion Township (25), Jenkintown (30), Treddyfrinn Township (36), East Whiteland Township (79) and Malvern (87).

For what it’s worth, Brookline, Massachusetts took pole position, followed by a bunch of ritzy spots in California and New York state. For what it’s worth vol. II, Movoto ranked Narberth as the ninth best suburb in the Philadelphia region[4] back in March. Shrugs. Lists.

• Best Suburbs in America[5] [Niche]

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://www.phillymag.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/narberth.jpg
  2. summed: https://www.facebook.com/NarberthOnline/posts/998299470222111
  3. methodology: https://local.niche.com/rankings/suburbs/best-suburbs/methodology/
  4. Narberth as the ninth best suburb in the Philadelphia region: http://www.phillymag.com/property/2015/03/10/10-best-philly-suburbs-list-get-right/
  5. Best Suburbs in America: https://local.niche.com/rankings/suburbs/best-suburbs/

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