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U.S. News analyzed the 125 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 125 of the most populous metro areas in the U.S. to help you find the best places for you.



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Affordable Metro Areas on the West Coast

Devon Thorsby | Oct. 2, 2019

If the Pacific Coast is for you, consider these more affordable options.

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The Best Places to Live in California

Devon Thorsby | Sept. 17, 2019

See how 12 metro areas in California compare to each other.

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The Best Places to Live in Florida

Devon Thorsby | Sept. 16, 2019

See how the most populous metro areas in the Sunshine State compare to each other.

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The Best Places to Live in Texas

Devon Thorsby | Sept. 5, 2019

See how metro areas in the Lone Star State stack up.

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Best Places to Live in South Carolina

Devon Thorsby | Aug. 28, 2019

See how the largest metro areas in the Palmetto State measure up.