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Lots of families, low crime, Big Foot sighting.

Those were the features BusinessWeek magazine highlighted as it ranked South Weber as sixth among the top 10 best affordable suburbs.

That sighting of the paranormal biped?

"It's been years and years ago," laughed Mayor Brent Petersen of the claims. "I don't think much more has been heard from or said about it since then."

While supernatural activity wasn't a qualifying item in the business magazine's tally, a quick commute and low unemployment were.

It takes about 17 minutes for the average resident to get to work from their South Weber home. And unemployment -- at least the 2007 numbers -- were at 2.7 percent for the north Davis County city.

Add those figures to an median household income of $89,355 and median home price of $210,000, and this Davis County suburb earned a spot on the list of places "where residents can find the best quality of life for their money in 2009."

But while BusinessWeek gave South Weber accolades for having a rate of crime nearly half the national average, Mayor Petersen said he was surprised it was that high; he is looking into that statistic with the Sheriff's Office.

Although Petersen did like one other high number -- the largest of the top 10 cities -- was the number of families. About 58 percent of all residents are married and have children.

"I was very excited," he said of the recognition. "I truly believe South Weber is a great place to live; it's close to the big city, yet out in the country."

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