A new statewide ranking lists three local cities as among the best cities for middle-class families in Tennessee.

Of the 63 cities ranked, Alcoa is No. 14, Seymour 15 and Maryville 17.

The study was a compiled by Simple. Thrifty. Living., which calls itself “a group of regular consumers who have figured out how to get the most out of life by spending the least amount possible on the finer things.”

The report ranks cities based on seven key dimensions: median income, real estate taxes, home value, unemployment, percentage of college-educated population, schools and job availability.

These seven factors were assigned a weight based on relative importance, then combined into an overall city score out of 100. The nationwide study includes all census-defined cities with a population of 3,500 or more.

According to the report, the best Tennessee city for middle-class families is Brentwood, followed by Red Bank, Collegedale, Murfreesboro and Johnson City.

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