Troy vs. Cupertino, California: Which is Better?
Troy is no. 26 on CNNMoney's best small cities list, and Cupertino is no. 27. Yet our friends at Cupertino Patch seem to think they should outrank us. What say you, Troy?
Let's call this a little bit of sibling rivalry.
Yep, we edged them out by a hair. And no, they're not happy about it over there in Cupertino. Not one bit.
Here's what Cupertino Patch editor Anne Ernst – a Michigan native who grew up in Birmingham and West Bloomfield – had to say about it:
How Cupertino got edged out by, Troy, Mich., which got the number 26 spot, is puzzling. ... Troy is a lovely city, but lacks diversity with almost 73 percent non-Hispanic whites, according to the 2010 Census. Troy’s climate is nothing to brag about either. In the summer it’s hot and muggy, and in the winter it’s cold and snowy. Cupertino on the other hand is, well, you know how beautiful the climate is, it’s probably one of the reasons you live here.
Sure, Cupertino, you have glorious weather all year long. And true, you are the home of Apple (which I have to admit is pretty sweet, as I sit here typing on my Macbook Pro with two iPhones within arm's reach).
But here in Troy, we have great schools, low taxes, excellent shopping and affordable homes. (In fact, the average home in Troy is valued at $166,000 compared to a wallet-busting $890,500 in Cupertino.)
So, Troy, are we going to sit here and let them talk smack, or are we going to tell them why, exactly, Troy deserves to be ahead on the list?
That's what I thought.
What are some of the things that make Troy such a great community, and why do we deserve to be ahead of Cupertino, CA on CNNMoney's list? Tell us in a comment below!