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    UPDATED: Leesburg places high on ‘Top 50 Best Places to Live’ list

    CNN Money has released its 2013 list of the Best Places to Live in America and Leesburg has been ranked in the Top 50.

    Coming in at 35, Leesburg was recognized for its “charming downtown dating back to 1758 and they have made a point of preserving the historical architecture.”

    Other characteristics acknowledged in the report are Leesburg's proximity to Virginia wine country and its award-winning farmer's market.

    CNN Money acknowledges the median housing cost – at just less than $400,000 – is not cheap, but reasonable for the region.

    Leesburg wasn't the only Washington, D.C. suburb to be on the list as Vienna, Va. was the third best place to live in the United States.

    With Leesburg's proximity to Washington, D.C., CNN Money reported that while there are not many large employers within town limits, many citizens commute to D.C. and other places to work.

    “We are thrilled by CNN/Money's decision to again place Leesburg on the list of the Best Places to Live in the U.S. This is a tremendous accomplishment for all our citizen and corporate volunteers who work hard every day to keep our historic town a safe, charming, vibrant and thriving community,” Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd said. “On behalf of our residents and businesses, I am thrilled that Leesburg was honored in this way. The last time Leesburg received this designation, the pride of our residents in what they'd accomplished was inspiring. Even our visitors from out of town congratulated us on the designation. The CNN/Money Magazine designation was one of the frequent reasons given by our visitors for having chosen Leesburg as a destination.”

    Leesburg Downtown Business Association President Gwen Pangle thinks Leesburg could be seeing a great deal of growth.

    “As we grow and the Silver Line comes out here, we will be able to attract bigger companies and we are always looking and reaching out to companies that would be good for Leesburg. This is a great area for companies to grow, so having CNN Money corroborate that is a wonderful thing,” Pangle said. “Any time we are in the press in a good way, I think it helps drive business to Leesburg and of course that is what we are all about. We want to make downtown a destination place, so I think it is great and Leesburg is an up and coming town and we try hard every year to add things that are going to bring more and more people downtown.”

    What does Leesburg and Vienna have in common ?  Traffic.  Gridlock.  High taxes. People who cannot afford to live and work in those towns.  How that translates to two of the top 50 places to live, has me scratching my head.

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