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U.S. News Best Places Rankings
U.S. News analyzed the 150 most populous metro areas to rank places to live by category.
Oct. 9, 2020
Best Places Rankings by Category
Best Places to Live in the U.S.
U.S. News analyzed the 150 most populous metro areas to find the best places to live.
Best Places to Retire in the U.S.
To identify the best places to retire, U.S. News analyzed data for the 150 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. to assess how well they meet Americans' retirement needs and expectations.
Best Places to Live for Quality of Life
The cities with the best quality of life have high scores on U.S. News’ Quality of Life Index.
Most Affordable Places to Live
Based on the median gross rent and annual housing costs for mortgage-paying homeowners of each metro area, these are the cities with the lowest cost of living in the country.
Most Expensive Places to Live
Whether you’re looking to relocate after winning the lottery or want to know which areas of the country to avoid to save money, these are the most expensive places to live.
Fastest-Growing Places to Live
The fastest-growing cities in the country are determined by the net migration of each metro area, which is measured by the growth or decline of the population over the past five years.
Safest Places to Lives to Live
Based on the metro areas’ murder and property crime rates per 100,000 people, these are the safest places to live in the country.
Best Places Rankings By State
Best Places to Live in Florida
The best places to live in the Sunshine State span the beaches, coasts, farmland and tourism centers.
Best Places to Live in California
California is the most populous state in the country. See why so many people flock to these cities.
Best Places to Live in Texas
Everything is bigger in Texas, so if you’re looking to upgrade, consider the best places to live in the Lone Star State.
Best Places to Live in New York
From the Adirondack Mountains to the nonstop activity of New York City, New York state’s economy is led by financial services, health care, professional services, retail trade, manufacturing and education.
Best Places to Live in Colorado
The Centennial State is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and craft beer lovers. From bicycling and brewery tours to Red Rocks and Pikes Peak, Coloradans can enjoy recreation in sun and snow.
Best Places to Live in North Carolina
Whether it’s the beaches of the Coastal Plain; Piedmont, the plateau that extends from the Southeast to the Northeast; or the Appalachian Mountains; North Carolina has many desirable landscapes to choose from.
Best Places to Live in South Carolina
Home to popular vacation towns, South Carolina is known for beaches, warm weather and hundreds of golf courses.
Best Places to Live in Pennsylvania
More than just the home of the City of Brotherly Love, Pennsylvania is also known as the Keystone State and contains national forests.
Best Places to Live in Tennessee
Explore the best places to live in Tennessee, a state known for rock ‘n’ roll, country music and Graceland, as well as the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Best Places to Live in Ohio
No matter where you live in Ohio, almost everyone knows the same chant and refrain – “OH!” “IO!” – to cheer on Ohio State sports teams. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ohio River cruises and Cedar Point, a destination for roller coaster junkies, are other points of pride for Ohioans.
Best Places to Live in Alabama
People willing to weather the humid summers in the Yellowhammer State can enjoy a relatively low cost of living and outdoor activities ranging from food truck festivals and concerts to hiking in the woods or strolling along a beach boardwalk.
Best Places to Live in Michigan
Residents of the Great Lakes State can expect mild summers, cold, snowy winters and a relatively low cost of living.