Top Ten Places to Live in the U.S.A. – Did Your City Make the Cut?



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The U.S. News & World Reportjust released their annual best places to live in the United States and once again Austin, Texas has snagged the top spot.
The report, which looks at the country’s 125 largest metropolitan areas, takes a look at the job market, health and well being, education, commute time and area growth, among other items.
Making the top ten list this year are:
Austin, Texas
For the second year in a row U.S. News & World Report named this Texas city number one, thanks to its strong tech job market and vibrant arts and music scene.
Colorado Springs, Colorado

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This Colorado city jumped from number 11 to number 2 this year thanks to its great education system, buoyant job market and general desirability.
Denver, Colorado
A strong job market has kept this Colorado city on the top ten list for the past couple of years.
Des Moines, Iowa
Thanks to its low cost of living, vibrant job market, sustained growth and solid quality of life, Des Moines, Iowa is a great place to relocate to.
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Another regular on the top ten list, Fayetteville offers residents a low cost of living, strong population growth and a high quality of life.
Portland, Oregon

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Jumping 26 spots this year, Portland Oregon offers newcomers a vibrant job market and is considered a highly desirable place to live.
Huntsville, Alabama

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One of the most affordable places to live on the list, this northern Alabama town has a flourishing job market with a focus on science, technology and math companies.
Washington D.C.
Thanks to its strong job market in both the private and public sector, America’s capital city makes the list once again.
Minneapolis-St. Paul

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People are increasingly viewing Minneapolis-St.Paul as a desirable place to live and combined with the twin cities strong job market and steady population increase, the metro area takes the 9th spot.
Seattle, Washington
Landing in tenth place is Seattle, which offers residents a strong job market combined with a good quality of life.