150 Best Places to Live in the U.S. in 2020-21

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. For more information on how we rank, read the Best Places to Live methodology.

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  1. Denver, CO
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    Denver, CO

    #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... Read More

    Perfect Match: Mega City

    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7.4
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7
    Value
    Value
    6.6
    Overall Score
    7.4
    Quality of Life
    7
    Value
    6.6
  2. San Francisco, CA
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    San Francisco, CA

    #10 in Best Places to Live

    A beautiful region filled with iconic landmarks, independently owned businesses and trendsetting residents, San... Read More

    Perfect Match: Mega City

    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7.2
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.6
    Value
    Value
    5.1
    Overall Score
    7.2
    Quality of Life
    6.6
    Value
    5.1
  3. Seattle, WA
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    Seattle, WA

    #13 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... Read More

    Perfect Match: Mega City

    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7.2
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.4
    Value
    Value
    5.9
    Overall Score
    7.2
    Quality of Life
    6.4
    Value
    5.9
  4. Boston, MA
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    Boston, MA

    #18 in Best Places to Live

    Boston often feels like a small town with all the perks of city life. The metro area features a diverse culinary scene... Read More

    Perfect Match: Mega City

    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7.1
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7
    Value
    Value
    5.6
    Overall Score
    7.1
    Quality of Life
    7
    Value
    5.6
  5. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
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    Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

    #22 in Best Places to Live

    Minneapolis and St. Paul not only have big-city amenities like museums and sports stadiums, but also have an... Read More

    Perfect Match: Mega City

    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7.1
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.2
    Value
    Value
    7.7
    Overall Score
    7.1
    Quality of Life
    7.2
    Value
    7.7
  6. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX
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    Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

    #24 in Best Places to Live

    Offering both big-city excitement and quiet, suburban living, the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area offers an interesting mix... Read More

    Perfect Match: Mega City

    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.7
    Value
    Value
    7
    Overall Score
    7
    Quality of Life
    6.7
    Value
    7
  7. Houston, TX
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    Houston, TX

    #27 in Best Places to Live

    The Houston metro area attracts people with an entrepreneurial spirit and those who want to work at some of the... Read More

    Perfect Match: Mega City

    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    7
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.3
    Value
    Value
    6.9
    Overall Score
    7
    Quality of Life
    6.3
    Value
    6.9
  8. Washington, DC
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    Washington, DC

    #30 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... Read More

    Perfect Match: Mega City

    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.9
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.5
    Value
    Value
    6.5
    Overall Score
    6.9
    Quality of Life
    6.5
    Value
    6.5
  9. Tampa, FL
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    Tampa, FL

    #36 in Best Places to Live

    Residents of the Tampa Bay area enjoy both a laid-back beach lifestyle and the amenities of a large metropolitan area... Read More

    Perfect Match: Mega City

    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.8
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    6.7
    Value
    Value
    5.7
    Overall Score
    6.8
    Quality of Life
    6.7
    Value
    5.7
  10. San Diego, CA
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    San Diego, CA

    #45 in Best Places to Live

    San Diego residents recognize how fortunate they are to live in an area famous for its sunny weather and impressive... Read More

    Perfect Match: Mega City

    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.8
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    7.4
    Value
    Value
    3.6
    Overall Score
    6.8
    Quality of Life
    7.4
    Value
    3.6