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U.S. News analyzed the 150 most populous metro areas to find the best places to live. To make the top of the list, a place had to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life.

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U.S. News has evaluated 150 of the most populous metro areas in the U.S. to help you find the best places for you.



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Best Affordable Places to Live 2020-2021

Devon Thorsby | Oct. 13, 2020

When it comes to housing costs, these metro areas allow your paycheck to go further.

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The 25 Best Places to Live in the U.S.

Devon Thorsby | Oct. 13, 2020

These metro areas offer the best combination of jobs, desirability, cost of living, quality of life and more.

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The Best Places in Florida for Families

Devon Thorsby | March 4, 2020

We rank 11 Florida metro areas for how they’ll appeal to families based on the details that matter most.

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Best Places to Live With Climate Change

Devon Thorsby | Dec. 18, 2019

See which metro areas are more resilient to changing climate conditions.

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25 Great Small Towns to Live in the U.S.

Devon Thorsby | Nov. 21, 2019

These small towns are seeing their populations grow, but they still offer space and quiet.