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125 Best Places to Live in the USA

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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Colorado Springs, CO

badge #2 in Best Places to Live

Colorado Springs might not jump off the map as an economic or cultural hub the way larger metro areas like Denver do. But in a quie... more

  • 7.6 Overall Score
  • 7.2 Quality of Life
  • 7.2 Value
Perfect match: Medium City

Des Moines, IA

badge #4 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

  • 7.3 Overall Score
  • 7.0 Quality of Life
  • 8.5 Value
Perfect match: Medium City

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
  • 7.5 Quality of Life
  • 7.9 Value
Perfect match: Medium City

Huntsville, AL

badge #7 in Best Places to Live

Once a sleepy farming town, Huntsville gained national recognition during the Space Race of the 1960s and is now the fastest-growin... more

  • 7.2 Overall Score
  • 7.0 Quality of Life
  • 8.8 Value
Perfect match: Small City

Madison, WI

badge #16 in Best Places to Live

Against a backdrop of high-tech businesses and acclaimed academic institutions, Madison, Wisconsin, exudes the casual, down-to-eart... more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 7.1 Quality of Life
  • 7.3 Value
Perfect match: Medium City

Lexington-Fayette, KY

badge #21 in Best Places to Live

Lexington blends influences from the South and Midwest to create a cultural identity all its own. A college town, Lexington is home... more

  • 7.0 Overall Score
  • 7.1 Quality of Life
  • 7.8 Value
Perfect match: Small City

Boise, ID

badge #23 in Best Places to Live

Boise is a recreationalist's paradise. If you value the outdoors and time spent among rivers, mountains, canyons, deserts and lakes... more

  • 6.9 Overall Score
  • 6.8 Quality of Life
  • 7.4 Value
Perfect match: Medium City

Asheville, NC

badge #24 in Best Places to Live

Hailed as "The Land of the Sky," Asheville, North Carolina, is often considered by outsiders to be a delightfully strange place. At... more

  • 6.9 Overall Score
  • 7.2 Quality of Life
  • 6.3 Value
Perfect match: Small City

Portland, ME

badge #27 in Best Places to Live

For the people of Maine, there is only one Portland. Maine's largest metro area and economic hub features cobblestone streets and s... more

  • 6.8 Overall Score
  • 7.2 Quality of Life
  • 6.4 Value
Perfect match: Medium City

Omaha, NE

badge #28 in Best Places to Live

Omaha has long been a place of convergence. In the mid-1800s, it served as the easternmost point of the first transcontinental rail... more

  • 6.8 Overall Score
  • 6.6 Quality of Life
  • 7.9 Value
Perfect match: Medium City
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