The Best Places to Live in the US 2020

The Best Places to Live in the US 2020
The Best Places to Live in the US 2020

For the third year in a row, Austin tops the list based on the area’s value for the money, steady job market, high quality of life, and is a desirable place to live. It’s also considered one of the top U.S. cities in which to start a small business.

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 steady job market and a high quality of life.

The Best Places to Live in the US 2020

 

10.Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are known for their research/technology roots and collegiate rivalries. This tri-city region (known as the Triangle) is luring new residents every day with strong job growth and high quality of life.

Overall Score: 7.2
Quality of Life: 6.9
Overall Value: 7.7

 

9.Seattle, WA

Seattle
Seattle

To answer the question on many people’s minds: “No, it doesn’t rain all the time.” Seattle gets less rain annually than Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Miami and many other major metro areas.

Overall Score: 7.2
Quality of Life: 6.6
Overall Value: 7.2

 

8.Portland, OR

Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon

Portland’s population toes the line between an innocent playfulness and a shameless wild side. Naked bicycle rides, a fully costumed adult soapbox derby and Voodoo Doughnuts, a bakery that is known for making one-of-a-kind donuts  are a sampling of ways residents live up to the unofficial city motto: “Keep Portland Weird.”

Overall Score: 7.2
Quality of Life: 6.7
Overall Value: 6.0

 

7.San Francisco, CA

San Francisco
San Francisco

A beautiful region filled with iconic landmarks independently owned businesses and trendsetting residents, San Francisco has long followed the beat of its drum. Morphed and moulded by its communities.

The California metro area has been the heart of the bohemian lifestyle, the epicentre of the LGBT rights movement and the launching point of the technology era.

Overall Score: 7.3
Quality of Life: 6.8
Overall Value: 4.9

 

6.Minneapolis, MN

Minneapolis
Minneapolis

Minneapolis and St. Paul not only has big-city amenities like museums and sports stadiums but also have an approachable Midwestern feel. Separated by the Mississippi River, the Twin Cities are considered one metropolitan area but include two unique cities, featuring downtown cosmopolitan cores surrounded by distinctive neighbourhoods and suburban communities.

Overall Score: 7.3
Quality of Life: 7.1
Overall Value: 7.7

 

5.Des Moines, IA

Des Moines
Des Moines

The capital of this so-called flyover state may not top your to-visit list, but Des Moines is a great place to live and raise a family. Elegant colonial and Tudor-style homes built in the early 1900s hide in quiet neighbourhoods minutes from buzzy downtown, where lofts and condos draw the millennial crowd.

Overall Score: 7.3
Quality of Life: 7.0
Overall Value: 8.4

 

4.Fayetteville, AR

Fayetteville
Fayetteville

Fayetteville in a region that’s experiencing drastic growth, Fayetteville – together with Bentonville, Rogers and Springdale – has transformed from a small town to a center of higher education, culture, commerce and entrepreneurialism.

The area known as Northwest Arkansas is the birthplace of Walmart, the headquarters of Tyson Foods and the home of the University of Arkansas, the flagship campus of the U of A system.

Overall Score: 7.3
Quality of Life: 7.5
Overall Value: 8.2

 

3.Colorado Springs, CO

Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs might not jump off the map as an economic or cultural hub the way larger metro areas like Denver do. But in a quieter, gentler way, Colorado Springs has much to offer, including a low cost of living, a low unemployment rate and a variety of recreation and entertainment options.

Overall Score: 7.4
Quality of Life: 7.0
Overall Value: 6.6

 

2.Denver, CO

Denver
Denver

Denver 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 time, its residents have evolved from gunslinging gamblers into an easygoing crowd of ambitious, progressive-minded fitness fanatics and nature lovers who are eager to push the envelope on everything from civil rights to drug laws.

Overall Score: 7.4
Quality of Life: 7.0
Overall Value: 6.7

 

1.Austin, TX

Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas

People are drawn to the Texas capital’s music, outdoor spaces and cultural institutions. Austin was established along the Colorado River on the edge of the Hill Country in 1839. Originally named “Waterloo,” Austin remains rich in history, from the bronze statue of Stevie Ray Vaughan that greets visitors near the river, to the stately Capitol that anchors downtown, to the LBJ Presidential Library at the University of Texas at Austin.

Overall Score: 7.6
Quality of Life: 7.3
Overall Value: 6.7

 

Source: | U.S News