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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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The Best Places to Live for Families

Devon Thorsby | Jan. 19, 2021

These metro areas meet the most important criteria for families looking to relocate.

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The Best Places to Live By the Beach

Devon Thorsby | Jan. 14, 2021

These places offer access to the ocean, sand and sunshine.

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Best Places to Live Near the Mountains

Devon Thorsby | Jan. 5, 2021

These places offer breathtaking views and easy access to hiking trails.

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Popular Small Towns in the U.S.

Devon Thorsby | Dec. 1, 2020

These places have growing populations but still offer space and quiet.

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The Best Places for Young Professionals

Devon Thorsby | Nov. 19, 2020

These places offer the job market, affordability and reputation recent grads are looking for.