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SEATTLE RATES AS MOST LIVABLE; S.F. IS 2ND AND PITTSBURGH 3RD

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Seattle has been named America's Most Livable City and San Francisco, now recovering from a devastating earthquake, was ranked second, according to the 1989 edition of the Places Rated Almanac.

The book ranks the top 10 metropolitan areas, in order, as Seattle; San Francisco; Pittsburgh; Washington; San Diego; Boston; New York; Anaheim-Santa Ana, Calif.; Louisville, Ky.; and Nassau-Suffolk, N.Y., according to The Pittsburgh Press and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.The rankings in the almanac's third edition were based on scoring in categories such as crime, health care, the environment, transportation, education, the arts, recreation and climate.

"We seem to be suffering an embarrassment of riches," said Steve Morris, president of the Seattle-King County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"All these ratings of late rate us tops and with my visitor industry-economic development hat on, of course we think it's wonderful," Morris continued. "With my resident hat on, I guess we are all starting to get to the point where we wish we could keep our secret a little bit better."

The bottom 11 areas, starting with the lowest ranking, were Pine Bluff, Ark.; Odessa, Texas; Laredo, Texas; Yuba City, Calif.; St. Joseph, Mo.; Victoria, Texas; Greeley, Colo.; Gadsden, Ala.; Casper, Wyo.; Albany, Ga.; and Naples, Fla., according to USA Today.

Pittsburgh was named America's Most Livable City in the 1985 edition of the almanac. It was also published in 1981.

The publisher, Prentice Hall Travel Books, had planned to announce the findings Nov. 3 in New York City. After the Pittsburgh newspapers and other news organizations obtained copies, the company moved the news conference to Thursday.

Suzanne Smith, a senior publicist for Prentice Hall Travel Books, declined to comment on the rankings Tuesday, although bookstores in Pittsburgh already have received copies.

"At this point, we're not verifying anything," she said.

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S.L.-Ogden area 16th

The Salt Lake City - Ogden area was ranked the 16th best place to live among the 333 metropolitan areas examined in the 1989 edition of the Places Rated Alamanac. The Provo-Orem area was ranked 84th.