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Updated Aug 23, 2013 - 1:51 pm

Survey: Fountain Hills top booming suburb in Arizona

PHOENIX - If you're looking for a good place to live, you might want to move to Fountain Hills.

Coldwell Banker released their final "Best Places to Live" survey, which is based on year-to-year employment growth and unemployment percentages below national norm, and the northwest Valley suburb landed a spot on its list.

On a scale of 1 to 1,000, Fountain Hills scored 874.18 points, topping suburbs in Calif., N.Y. and Texas.

"As America continues to bounce back from the recession, this ranking identifies suburbs that have shown strong economic growth since the recovery," said Budge Huskey, president and chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.

The survey also considers other sets of attributes in order to have a good score. Being close to a grocery shop or good school will get the suburb a higher score, for example.

"These communities have the American ideals we love, the suburban dream intact and a population that is finding jobs at a better rate than the national average. That is the definition of a thriving community."

The top three suburbs in the nation are Cottage Lake, Wash., Prairieville, La., and Fruit Cove, Fla., respectively.

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