U.S. News has published its review of 125 different cities across the U.S. and ranked the best places to live. To make the top of the list, the location had to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life. They used data from the United States Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Labor and U.S. News' own internal resources. For more on their methodology go here.
So, what were the top 10 cities that people are moving to?
- Austin, TX
- Denver, CO
- Colorado Springs, CO
- Fayetteville, AR
- Des Moines, IA
- Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
- San Francisco, CA
- Portland, OR
- Seattle, WA
- Raleigh & Durham, NC
The site is extremely informative on each city and fun to play around with filtering the results. Drilling into Austin, you can get a sense for what it is like to live there and how it relates to other cities in the rankings. Austin scored high on desirability and net migration. For example, in regard to Austin:
"Austin is one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country. That may be great news for the local economy, but a tough pill to swallow for people shopping for a home. The median sale price for a single-family home in Austin is well above the national median. However, Austinites' pocketbooks benefit from no personal or corporate income tax, and a low state and local tax rate."
The site offers a set of quick stats to give you a big picture on median home prices, average salaries, median monthly rental, average commute time, unemployment rate, population, average temperatures and many more facts.
Great resources to tap into for anyone considering where they are going next!
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.