HENDERSON, Nev. - Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen is happy to accept the honor of landing on Bloomberg BusinessWeek's list of Best Cities in America.
"We do have our share of foreclosures in Henderson of course, but we're still one," he said. "Our goal, our vision is to be America's premiere community. So, little by little, that's what we're going to work toward, and this is just one of those steps, awards, that shows, hey, we're on the right path."
The people who live in Henderson are just as happy.
"I just moved here in December," said Henderson resident Reggie Edwards. "For it to be ranked that high doesn't surprise me, because it's very low on crime from what I found out and just from what I see everyday riding through."
Many Henderson residents have their own reasons for why they love living there.
"I think they're really good," said Henderson resident Terra Green. "They offer a lot more from when I was younger. For my kids, there are a lot of extra activities to keep them in school not out there getting in trouble."
Crime rate and extracurricular activities were some of the factors in determining the top 50 cities. For Henderson, great schools, high median income, and the many restaurants and bars helped earn the city its honor as 38th best city in the U.S.
"Our community is growing faster than most people are expecting," said Henderson resident Lynda Karr. "At the same time, our crime rate's low. We have good housing. We have good schools. It's a good place."
The study evaluated 100 of the country's largest cities based on 16 criteria including poverty level, air quality, and percentage of residents with bachelor's degrees. The mayor says schools and education are two of Henderson's crowning achievements.
"We really focus on education. One thing a lot of people don't know, we have 13 private colleges and universities in Henderson," he said.
The average yearly household income is roughly $68,000 in Henderson. More than 28% of Henderson residents hold bachelor's degrees.
Reno also made the top 50. The city ranked 44th. The best city according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek is Raleigh, North Carolina.