Elizabeth Whalen

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America’s Top 15 College Housing Capitals

By Elizabeth Whalen   March 31, 2014

University of Rochester dorm

On college and university campuses, opportunities abound to make friends, join student organizations and discover new hangouts while also cramming for exams and finishing final reports.

Dorms, or residence halls as they’re officially known, can enrich this experience. In addition to being convenient, they provide a structured living environment for students in transition, such as freshmen living away from home for the first time, said Lydia Batchelor, chair of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls. Many residence halls offer special programs to ease students through such transitions, Batchelor said.

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The SpareFoot List: America’s Top 15 Apartment Boom Towns

By Elizabeth Whalen   March 9, 2014

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If you live in an apartment, you could have the luxury of living across the hall from your friends or the misery of living down the hall from your nemesis (bonus points if he’s named Newman). Perhaps you enjoy the simple comfort of knowing someone else is responsible for fixing a leaky sink. Or maybe you constantly feel as though you’re trapped in a mystery novel titled “WTF Are My Upstairs Neighbors Always Doing at 2 in the Morning?”

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The Top 15 Economic Power Towns in America

By Elizabeth Whalen   February 17, 2014

economic power towns

Ah, life in the suburbs. If TV and movies are to be believed, it’ll either leave you feeling bored and longing for the excitement of the city or suspicious of your neighbors and the dark secrets they’re hiding. In exchange for their beautiful neighborhoods and spacious homes, suburbanites trade long commutes to good jobs in the city, right?

Not always. As suburbs continue to grow, some of them are—at least in economic terms—desirable places to live, offering jobs at major companies without the hassle of commuting. By our count, 124 of the Fortune 500 companies are based in communities with fewer than 50,000 residents. In fact, 14 of these communities host more than one Fortune 500 company.

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America’s 15 Baby Boomer Boom Towns

By Elizabeth Whalen   December 17, 2013

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By the time the first Baby Boomers turned 18, they had witnessed the rise of Elvis Presley, the launch of Sputnik, the introduction of the birth control pill, the “I Have a Dream” speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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America’s Top 10 Military Boom Towns

By Elizabeth Whalen   November 5, 2013

military boom towns

We all know members of America’s armed forces protect us and our freedom, but they do much more than that.

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10 Tidiest Towns in America

By Elizabeth Whalen   September 10, 2013

tidiest towns in america

When you were young, your mother tried—and hopefully succeeded at—teaching you the importance of tidiness. Although you probably ignored her advice throughout your teenage and college years, especially during finals, you eventually acknowledged she was right. If not, you risk teasing or even criticism from your roommate, spouse or boss, or even dear old Mom when she comes to visit.

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