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Wallethub ranks Scottsdale and Peoria as top cities in nation


Tara Alatorre

NORTH VALLEY –  It is that time of year again, when people set out for a fresh-start and declare their New Year’s resolutions and goals for 2018.  However, 42 to 92 percent of resolutions fail, and where you live could make the difference on whether you achieve your goals this year, according to new Wallethub studies that ranked cities on self-improvement and job-market strength.
According to the studies, Peoria tied with Chandler for having the highest employment growth in the nation.
Meanwhile,  Scottsdale is the fourth best city in the nation for keeping your New Year’s Resolution overall, Phoenix ranked 39, Peoria came in 49, and Glendale ranked 92 out of the 182 cities ranked in this category.
 Scottsdale was ranked as the third best city in the U.S. for having the most parkland acres per capita too, according to Wallethub.
To determine the nation’s best cities to find a job Wallethub compared the 182 cities across 26 indicators of job market strength that ranged from job opportunities to employment growth.  All 26-metrics were graded on a 100-point scale, with 100 being the most favorable conditions.
Wallethub, also ranked the 182 cities in their residents’ ability to keep their New Year’s resolutions by rating 52 metrics ranging from gyms per capita, to income growth.  Then compared the metrics to some of the most commonly made resolutions to determine the residents’ ability to succeed at keeping their New Year’s resolutions in that city. 
The five common resolutions used to compile that rating were: Health resolutions, financial resolutions, school and work resolutions, bad-habit resolutions and relationship resolutions.
 Those five resolutions were then analyzed using the 52 metrics, and each metric was graded on a 100-point scale in each city, with 100 being the best score forfostering a climate conducive for achieving a New Year’s resolutions. 
Wallethub included the 150 most populated U.S. cities, along with two of the most populated cities from each state in each study.