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Mamaroneck Ranked 60th Best Place to Live in U.S.

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Mary Rosenfeld is happy to hear that Mamaroneck is CNNMoney Magazine's 60th best place to live in the United States, but thinks the town should be even higher  in the annual ranking.

"I think it offers so much, a beautiful harbor, great school district and we like all the restaurants," said Rosenfeld, a Mamaroneck resident who spent the day at Harbor Island with two other moms and seven children between them.

Jennifer Trucchio, a Mamaroneck resident and owner of Rita's Water Ice in Larchmont, likes how close everything and everyone in the community are to each other.

"When you come to the park, there's always someone you know," Trucchio said.

Vincent Bizzi and Anthony Villa, who both live in the Village, say they have watched Mamaroneck grow into a town deserving of such a distinction.

"It's an area of tremendous change over the last 10 years," said Bizzi. "You can walk out of your building and anything you want is within walking distance."

CNNMoney Magazine, which didn't rank Mamaroneck last year, features the top 100 towns with a population of 50,000 or less. "MONEY looked for places with the optimal combination of job opportunities, fiscal strength, top-notch schools, safe streets, good health care, cultural and outdoor activities, and even nice weather," according to a press release.

Money Magazine notes Mamaroneck's emerging dining industry and excellent schools. Mamaroneck tests scores are 55.4 percent and 37.9 percent above the state average in reading and math respectively, according to Money Magazine. The other towns average 24.82 and 24.45 respectively.

Money Magazine determined that Mamaroneck's job growth from 2000 through 2010 is 3.36 percent, compared to the average of 1.38 percent. The median home price is $517,250, compared to the average of $265,929.

Mamaroneck was one of two Westchester towns to rank in the top 100. Harrison was No. 70 on the list. Rockland County's Nanuet and Pearl River ranked at 76 and 78 respectively.

The list will be the released on the cover of their September Issue Friday.

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