Website says city moderate place to live

Published 10:01 am Thursday, September 29, 2016


If your political views tend to veer toward the moderate position on issues, Vicksburg is one of the best places to live, according to the online publication, which ranked communities on different criteria as ideal places for people to live.

According to the website, Vicksburg is one its “ Top 10 Best Cities for Moderates, 2016,” coming in at No. 8 on the list. Other cities on the list included Chattanooga, Tenn.; Pocatello, Idaho; Avondale, Ariz.; Bend, Ore.; Warren, Mich.; Chillicothe, Ohio; Gainesville, Fla.; Spokane Valley, Wash.; and Greenville S.C. Livability’s website also listed the top 10 best cities for liberals and conservatives.

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“That’s based on the political climate, and to be considered as a moderate city speaks volumes for our city,” Mayor George Flaggs Jr. said. “We’re beyond traditional politics. What we try to do is what’s best for the community and that’s what I like about Vicksburg. Anything positive for the city is good, but to be recognized as being in the top 10 and being from Mississippi, I’m real proud of it.”

According to information from, the rankings were determined by using geographic and ideological information combined with information on congressional representation of a city, and looked how each city self-reported its political leaning. It also used the split in the vote during the 2012 presidential election.

The editor of says, “Politics is one those things we all hear about, but never really consider when choosing a new place to live,” said Christopher Pilny, editor. “Yet, it’s as important as affordability, the quality of schools, walkability, and other traditional measures of a community’s livability…we tend to surround ourselves with people who think like us.”

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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