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Henderson hits spot on 50 best cities list

Despite 12 percent jobless rate, Henderson still ranked 38th on Bloomberg list

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Justin M. Bowen

Members of the Burkeholder Middle School perform during the Henderson Heritage Parade & Festival on Water St. Saturday, April 16, 2011.

Henderson hasn’t escaped the sour economy gripping Southern Nevada, but it still managed to snag a spot on Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s list of best cities.

Citing good schools, a high median income and many restaurants, Bloomberg ranked Henderson No. 38 on its America’s 50 Best Cities report released earlier this week.

Henderson’s median household income is $67,819, with 28.2 percent of residents possessing a bachelor’s degree, according to the report. The city also boasts 410 restaurants, 39 bars, 15 museums, six colleges and 10 libraries.

Even so, the report’s comments about Henderson (population: 246,369) weren’t all kind.

“Along with the rest of the Vegas area, however, Henderson is suffering economically,” the report states. “The city has the second-worst foreclosure rate among cities on our list and unemployment well above the national average.”

Henderson’s unemployment stands at 12 percent, according to Bloomberg.

Businessweek.com compiled the report by evaluating 100 of the nation’s largest cities based on criteria such as the prevalence of restaurants, libraries, colleges and parks, as well as unemployment and foreclosure rates.

The top five cities, in order, were Raleigh, N.C., Arlington, Va., Honolulu, Scottsdale, Ariz., and Irvine, Calif.

Reno, the only other Nevada city on the list, ranked No. 44.

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