The Montgomery County community was one of only two municipalities selected out of the more than 2,500 in Pennsylvania. The other on the Top 50 list is West Goshen in Chester County, which was No. 10.
The township was chosen by the same magazine in 2007 and 2011 as a top-ranked Best Place to Live in America, and in 2009, U.S. News and World Report Magazine selected Horsham as being one of the best places to live in Pennsylvania, according to Township Manager Bill Walker.
“I think a part of what makes Horsham such a great place to live is its diverse housing community and vibrant economy. There are a lot of different types of jobs available in Horsham, and that’s just going to draw more people to the township,” township manager Walker said.
The selection was based on a series of indicators that include population, income, job growth, crime, housing price, school quality, health care and more.
“We are thrilled to be ranked as one of the best places to live in America. We appreciate this new top ranking and the positive exposure that comes with a ranking like this,” said Mark McCouch, Horsham council president.
“It is really a community effort in making our township what it is. We have great residents, an excellent school district and an active business community which amplifies our quality of life. We are proud to offer the services that we do for the residents and at the same time maintain our low tax rate.”
Councilman William Whiteside agreed. “Being a top-ranked community in the country, and one of only two in the state, helps to validate all the great things we are doing as a community,” he said.
“With the township’s focus on redeveloping the former Willow Grove (Air Base) and creating more jobs, housing opportunities and a vibrant town center, Horsham’s best days are yet to come,” Whiteside said.
CNN Money Magazine said that Horsham “may not have much of a walkable downtown but with five high-end office parks that house more than 600 businesses (including several Fortune 500 firms), the town is more than just a bedroom community.”
“Residents here also benefit from low property taxes and a school district that’s garnered government recognition for high performance. Locals say the 25,000-square-foot library, equipped with a café and free Wi-Fi, is another town highlight,” according to the magazine.
The town of Sharon, Mass., was No. 1 on the list. For the complete list, go to http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/best-places//
Earlier this year, the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors recognized Horsham Township’s 2011 annual report with a third-place award in its statewide Township Citizen Communication Contest.
The contest, in its 45th year, recognizes townships for communication efforts in multiple categories, including social media, websites, TV programming, newsletters and annual reports.
Walker said the report highlights Horsham’s achievements, finances, projects and events throughout the year, and is available online.