MASON, Ohio -- Booming business and large, flourishing schools were cited as reasons why Mason, Ohio, was named one of the best places to live in the U.S. by Time Magazine.
Time released their annual Top 50 Places to Live on Sunday, along with the Best Big Cities, Best Places to be a Kid, Best Places to be Rich and Single and Best for Outdoor Lovers lists.
The Top 50 list, derived by Time staff, is a list of "small cities in the country—places with great jobs, strong economies, affordable homes, excellent schools, and that special something that makes it a great place to live," according to their website.
Mason ranked at 17 on the list, first citing the proximity to Proctor & Gamble's beauty and healthcare division headquarters and German company Festo's recent manufacturing move to Mason.
Time also cited diversity in Mason schools -- 27 percent of students being nonwhite -- as another draw to the area. The article described Mason schools as "bigger but better" with some 3,300 students in the high school alone and consistent Top 10 academic rating in the state.
Also mentioned was the Mason Community Center, which houses indoor sports courts, pools and exercise facilities.