By Michael Bellamy
For the first time ever, the Village of Perry breaks into the top 10 on the list of “Best Places to Live in Western New York” and achieves the highest position among all Wyoming county villages!
There is certainly room for improvement, but during the past decade it feels to me like Perry is moving in the right direction in terms of job creation, downtown improvements, natural resources, sustainable tourism (helps to have Silver Lake and Letchworth State Park in the back yard!), housing stock, schooling and safety.
The ranking was broken down by population and the Village of Perry did very well among the 2500 to 9999 sized hubs.
What do you think of the rankings?
What improvements would you like to see around the Village?
If you aren't happy with something, are you willing to get involved and fix it?
You can buy the full report and full list of all 1000 locations ranked at https://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/ but here are some highlights on the publication, the ranking and the criteria:
HOW THE RANKINGS
AIM -- Business First set out to find the towns, cities and villages that offer the best quality of life across Western New York.
CRITERIA -- The study's highest scores went to well-rounded communities with robust employment bases and income levels, strong records of growth and residential stability, impressive housing stocks and transportation systems, excellent schools, established traditions of racial and gender diversity and equity, and positive environments for children and senior citizens.