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Salem 25th among state capitals, experts say

WalletHub compared the 50 state capital cities and placed the Cherry City in the middle of the pack.

COURTESY OREGON DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - Salem placed 25th in a recent ranking of state capital cities.Here at the Oregon Capital Insider, we cherish the Beaver State's capital city — its labyrinthine one-way streets, its nifty bridges, its charming dive bars. Not to mention the generally reasonable rent, proximity to hiking trails, and the splendid cherry blossoms in springtime.

So we were a little ruffled to read that some of the experts say Salem's just OK.

WalletHub, a free credit score website that frequently publishes rankings of cities and states based on varying criteria, recently assigned Salem a rank of No. 25 among the best state capital cities to live in — below Jefferson City, Mo., but above Santa Fe, N.M.

WalletHub compared the 50 states across four areas: affordability, economic well-being, quality of education and health, and quality of life.

"State capitals aren't just for lawmaking," wrote Adam McCann, a writer for WalletHub. "Often, they're thriving cities with a lot of economic and cultural value. In fact, they can be some of the best places to live in America. But not all state capitals are created equal."

At the top of the list are Austin, Madison, Boise, Omaha and Bismarck.

Bismarck?

It's fine. We'd rather keep the Cherry City's under-the-radar glory for ourselves, anyway.