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100 Best Places to Live in the USA

U.S. News analyzed the 100 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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125 place matches

Austin, TX

badge #1 in Best Places to Live

About 50 people move to Austin every day, drawn to the Texas capital's music, outdoor spaces and cultural institutions. Austin was ... more

  • 7.8 Overall Score
  • 7.3 Quality of Life
  • 7.3 Value

Denver, CO

badge #2 in Best Places to Live

Founded in the mid-1800s as a mining hub during the gold rush, Denver has come a long way since its Wild West days. Over time, its ... more

  • 7.5 Overall Score
  • 6.8 Quality of Life
  • 7.2 Value

San Jose, CA

badge #3 in Best Places to Live

Nicknamed the capital of Silicon Valley, San Jose is a diverse area with an innovative spirit. While it has a distinct downtown, Sa... more

  • 7.4 Overall Score
  • 7.7 Quality of Life
  • 6.1 Value

Washington, DC

badge #4 in Best Places to Live

To the rest of the country, Washington, D.C., is the nation's capital – and that's it. It's where lawmakers sit high and mighty, an... more

  • 7.3 Overall Score
  • 6.6 Quality of Life
  • 7.4 Value

Fayetteville, AR

badge #5 in Best Places to Live

Located in a region that's experiencing drastic growth, Fayetteville – together with Bentonville, Rogers and Springdale – has trans... more

  • 7.3 Overall Score
  • 7.4 Quality of Life
  • 7.9 Value

Seattle, WA

badge #6 in Best Places to Live

To answer the question on many people's mind: "No, it doesn't rain all the time." Seattle gets less rain annually than Boston, New ... more

  • 7.2 Overall Score
  • 6.2 Quality of Life
  • 6.3 Value

Raleigh & Durham, NC

badge #7 in Best Places to Live

Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are known for their research/technology roots and collegiate rivalries. This tri-city region (known... more

  • 7.2 Overall Score
  • 6.9 Quality of Life
  • 7.7 Value

Boston, MA

badge #8 in Best Places to Live

Boston is a region of dualism, often feeling like a small town with all the perks of city life. The metro area houses a diverse cul... more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 6.7 Quality of Life
  • 5.8 Value

Des Moines, IA

badge #9 in Best Places to Live

The capital of this so-called flyover state may not top your to-visit list, but Des Moines is a great place to live and raise a fam... more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 6.8 Quality of Life
  • 8.5 Value

Salt Lake City, UT

badge #10 in Best Places to Live

While remnants of its Mormon heritage – including the striking Salt Lake Temple – are still prominent downtown, Salt Lake City is n... more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 6.9 Quality of Life
  • 7.7 Value
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