Mayor Andy Hafen’s Record

Henderson, A Great Place To Live

“The people of our community have been dedicated to making the City of Henderson a great place to live. We have safe neighborhoods, outstanding schools and attractive parks that create an ideal environment for families to raise their children. We have low taxes, sustainable businesses and numerous recreational opportunities for our residents. Our services and facilities for seniors citizens are superb. Our growing senior citizen population is able to live an active and enjoyable retirement. And, our brightest days are still ahead.” – Mayor Andy Hafen

MONEY 100 Best Places to Live in America. Henderson ranked #66, with home affordability identified as a key ranking factor. Henderson was the only Nevada city. The 2012 rankings included cities with populations of 50,000 to 300,000, from which locations with economic strength, quality health care, low crime, great schools, and lots to do. Released online August 20, 2012 and in the September 2012 print issue. This is the third time in the past four opportunities that Henderson placed in the top 100 (2008 ranked #84; 2006 ranked #20).

America’s 50 Best Cities. Henderson ranked 38th in Business Week’s first Best Cities ranking released on September 20, 2011. with the help of Bloomberg Rankings evaluated 100 of the country’s largest cities based on 16 criteria including: the number of restaurants, bars, and museums per capita; the number of colleges, libraries, and professional sports teams; the income, poverty, unemployment, crime, and foreclosure rates; percentage of population with bachelor’s degrees or higher; public school performance; park acres per 1,000 residents; and air quality. Greater weighting was placed on recreational amenities such as parks, bars, restaurants, and museums per capita, educational attainment, school performance, poverty, and air quality. Affordability was not taken into account. The data for this ranking came from the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Sperling’s BestPlaces, GreatSchools, Onboard Informatics, RealtyTrac, Bloomberg, and the Trust for Public Land.

America’s Safest Cities. Henderson ranked second in Forbes America’s Safest Cities on December 15, 2011. To find America’s 10 safest cities, they looked at metropolises with populations above 250,000. Forbes ranked them by violent crime rates—the number of violent crimes (murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault) per 100,000 residents in 2010, as reported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Because the FBI only compiles data from municipalities that submit complete reports, only 72 cities were considered. Additionally, Forbes ranked each city on the traffic-fatality rate per 100,000 residents based on 2009 data, the most recent available, from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. We then averaged the ranking for each city to arrive at final scores. In the event of ties, the city with the lower crime rate got the higher ranking.

Top 25 Suburbs for Retirement. Forbes named Henderson one of 25 top suburbs to retire on August 1, 2011. Selection factors included: 25-mile distance limit from the suburb to the center of the big city; average home price under $400,000; cost of living; tax climate for retirees; availability of hospitals and higher education; crime rates; air quality; and mass transit options back to the big city.

Top 100 Safest Driving Cities. Henderson ranked 70th in the eighth annual 2012 “Allstate America’s Best Driver’s Report” released August 28, 2012. Based on Allstate claims data, America’s 200 largest cities are ranked in terms of car collision frequency to identify which cities have the safest drivers in order to boost the country’s discussion on safe driving. Henderson residents average 9.9 years between accidents, with a 1.2% relative accident likelihood (to National Average). Henderson was the only Southern Nevada city in the top 100; Reno was rated #8; North Las Vegas #126 and City of Las Vegas #136.

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