Austin locals know that living here in the Live Music Capital of the World is the best. In addition to a plethora of music to enjoy, we’ve got outdoor activities galore, great food and the most neighborly communities in the U.S. to feel welcome in. It’s for all of those reasons – and then some – that the Texas Capital Metro consistently makes best of lists for everything from best places to raise children to one of the best places to start a business. So it’s no surprise to those of us who are well-acquainted with Austin’s greatness that our city has been once again named the best place in the U.S. to live by U.S. News & World Report.
It’s not the first time that the Austin metro has topped the ranking of best places to live in the U.S. to live. In fact, Austin has dominated the list not just once or twice, but three times consecutively counting this year. Yes, Austin has held its superior ranking since it dethroned Denver in 2017.
To come up with the ranking, U.S. News and World Report focused on the 125 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S. They compared the metros against five main indexes. The metros were then graded on a 10-point scale.
The five main indexes include:
- Job Market
- Quality Of Life
- Net Migration
Unsurprisingly, Austin ranked a high 9 for desirability and net migration. It ranked a little lower on value, earning a 6.7 for that metric. Value was determined by affordability and income measurements.
Here is the list of the top 10 best places in the U.S. to live, according to U.S. News & World Report:
- Colorado Springs, CO
- Fayetteville, AR
- Des Moines, IA
- Minneapolis-St. Paul
- San Francisco
- Portland, OR
- Raleigh & Durham, NC
Below is how other Texas cities ranked on the list:
- Dallas-Fort Worth
- San Antonio
- Corpus Christi
- El Paso
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