HORN LAKE, MS (WMC) - Horn Lake, Mississippi, was named one of the best cities in the country for African Americans.
The study was done by Livability, a site that categorizes the best places to live for different groups of people. Their studies factor parks, cost of living, climate, crime, air quality, and other factors.
The cities that made the top 10 list for African Americans were measured by the number of African Americans moving there at high rates and where African Americans are succeeding in terms of income, homeownership, and academic achievement.
Horn Lake was ranked eighth on Livability's top 10.
Livability said Horn Lake's African American population has grown from 12 percent in 2000 to 35 percent today.
They also noted the proximity to Memphis as a key factor to providing jobs. They also noted the new Walmart, which opened in January, has added 500 jobs to the city.
Livability said Horn Lake's unemployment rate is well below the national average and both the income gap between races and poverty rate for African Americans are among the lowest among their top 10.
The site also cited Delta Technical College, Horn Lake High School, Tom's Barbecue, and the Juneteenth Family Fun Festival as positive influences on the city.
The top city on the list was Tallahassee, Florida. To read the full list, click here.