6 Celebrities from Money’s 2016 Best Places to Live
Disney World’s Main Street U.S.A. may be as close to a perfect neighborhood as we can get to, but according to the folks at Money, there truly are livable destinations across our country that nearly have it all. The brand’s 2016 Best Places to Live feature is officially out today and the results prove that from coast to coast, certain towns boast a perfect mix of low taxes, affordable homes, A+ schools, and everything else you’d want in a place to call home.
So what locations round out this year’s top 50? Columbia, Md., takes home the No. 1 spot with Eden Prairie, Minn., following in a close second. And while you may be wondering if you’ve ever met someone born and raised in one of these desirable locales, some of our favorite stars actually come from them. From Lance Armstrong to John Krasinski, we’ve found six celebrities from the best places to live in the U.S.A.
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Scroll through and prepare to whip out your map.
The 44-year-old Tour de France champion and all-around cycling pro Lance Armstrong was born in none other than Plano, Texas, the No. 3 spot on the list. According to CNN, the athlete first competed as a professional tri-athlete in 1987 at age 16, meaning his pleasant, healthy upbringing definitely must have helped form his talents. Since then, the household name has not only moved on to win many covetable titles, but also founded the Lance Armstrong Foundation for cancer research, now known as the Livestrong Foundation. He was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1996 and defeated the illness.
You may most recently know her as Jacqueline White on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt or Ilona on Broadway’s She Loves Me, but Jane Krakowski started it all in Parsippany-Troy Hills, N.J., the No. 5 town in Money’s Best Places to Live list. So where did it all begin? For the 47-year-old star, The Barn Theatre, just outside of her hometown, is one of the first places she discovered her love for singing, dancing, and acting, according to CBS News. Looks like it all paid off.
Born Amanda Leigh “Mandy” Moore, the 32-year-old singer and actress was born in Nashua, N.H., the No. 16 spot on the list. After starring in unforgettable flicks like A Walk to Remember and topping the radio charts with hits like “Candy,” the multi-hyphenate has recently returned to the spotlight with her new NBC show This Is Us. She recently opened up to InStyle about returning to music: "I miss it—I miss writing, recording, and performing. So at some point in the next couple of months, I want to get that ball rolling again.”
The 49-year-old actor and comedian Will Ferrell stems from Irvine, Calif., the No. 20 spot on Money’s list. According to People, the star’s success all began in his hometown. He was captain of the basketball team, dabbled in football and soccer, and, as if that weren’t enough, also joined the student council. “I was a founding member of the school Reptile Club,” the Anchorman, Step Brothers, and former Saturday Night Live star told People in 1998. Looks like a lot has changed since.
What, exactly, comes out of Newton, Mass.? John Krasinski. The 36-year-old actor, husband to Emily Blunt, and father of two was born in the town, also the No. 31 spot on the roundup. Back in 2013, the star expressed his love for the state after visiting following the marathon tragedy in nearby Boston. “There is a camaraderie and a pride about being from here,” he told People. “And it’s very real, even outside of Massachusetts—I meet someone from Boston and we have that immediate connection. After the tragedy, that connection is so much stronger.”
Greenwich, Conn., is popularly known as a pleasant place to call home, which is why it’s no surprise that the town is also on the list at the No. 40 spot. So what beloved star is from there? Glenn Close. The Fatal Attraction and Oscar-winning beauty, 69, traveled afar from an early age and also spent time in boarding schools in Switzerland, according to People. It was at the age of 35 that she reportedly scored her first mega Hollywood role in Garp.