GENEVA – Geneva has been named among the top five best minor league baseball towns in America, according to a study done by SmartAsset.
Home to the low Class A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Kane County Cougars, Geneva cracks the list after not being listed in SmartAsset's 2016 rankings.
The top five ranking is the second time since the findings were first available beginning in 2014.
Using nine metrics based on game day experience and quality of life factors, SmartAsset looked at 159 towns with minor league baseball teams.
Per the findings summary for Geneva, "In the past year the Kane County Cougars and their fans were pretty competitive on field. They won around 53 percent of their games in front of an average of 5,800 fans.
But off the field is where Geneva shines.
"This is the safest city in this study, with the third-lowest violent crime rate and the lowest property crime rate," according to the study. "Plus, living here won’t break your budget. Our data shows that the average household should have about $77,000 left over after paying for housing, the fifth-highest figure in our study."
Nasville, Tennessee (Nasville Sounds), Round Rock, Texas (Round Rock Express), Durham, North Carolina (Durham Bulls), Charleston, South Carolina (Charleston River Dogs) round out the top-four prior to Geneva.
The triple-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, the Iowa Cubs based in Des Moines, ranked ninth.
The Cougars finished third in the Midwest League Western division overall standings, and fell in the division series against Cedar Rapids.
Readers can read the full report, including how the data was compiled and scored, here.