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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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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.

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The Best Places to Live in Tennessee

Devon Thorsby | Aug. 28, 2019

Find out how the largest metro areas in Tennessee compare.

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The Most Expensive Places to Live

Devon Thorsby | Aug. 21, 2019

These metro areas have the highest cost of living compared to median income.

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The Best Places on the West Coast

Devon Thorsby | Aug. 7, 2019

Discover metro areas near the Pacific Ocean that offer residents the most.