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The 50 best places to live in America for 2018

Business Insider Logo By Tanza Loudenback,Mark Abadi of Business Insider | Slide 1 of 51: U.S. News & World Report releases a list of  the best places to live in America every year.The best places to live 2018 ranking looked at five metrics: job market, value, quality of life, desirability, and net migration.The best place to live in America is Austin, Texas, followed by Colorado Springs, Colorado. When deciding where to put down roots, many factors are in the eye of the beholder, such as climate, politics, or proximity to extended family. Other aspects are coveted by nearly everybody: affordable housing, access to well-paying jobs, a low cost of living, good schools, and quality healthcare. In its ranking of the  best places to live in America for 2018, U.S. News & World Report gathered data on these crucial components for more than 100 US cities. They then categorized the data into five indexes for each city - job market, value, quality of life, desirability, and net migration - to definitively rank these major metro areas. You can read U.S. News' full methodology here. Scores for "value," a blend of annual household income and cost of living, and "quality of life," which accounts for crime, college readiness, commute, and other factors, are included below on a 10-point scale, as well as the city's population and average annual salary. Austin, Texas, came out on top for the  second consecutive year, while Colorado Springs, Colorado, jumped from No. 11 to take the No. 2 spot, edging out the state's capital, Denver, which rounded out the top three. Nearly a dozen cities made the top-50 list for the first time since 2017, including Huntsville, Alabama; Asheville, North Carolina; and Anchorage, Alaska. Keep reading to discover the 50 best places to live in America.

  • U.S. News & World Report releases a list of the best places to live in America every year.
  • The best places to live 2018 ranking looked at five metrics: job market, value, quality of life, desirability, and net migration.
  • The best place to live in America is Austin, Texas, followed by Colorado Springs, Colorado.
  • When deciding where to put down roots, many factors are in the eye of the beholder, such as climate, politics, or proximity to extended family.

    Other aspects are coveted by nearly everybody: affordable housing, access to well-paying jobs, a low cost of living, good schools, and quality healthcare. In its ranking of the best places to live in America for 2018, U.S. News & World Report gathered data on these crucial components for more than 100 US cities.

    They then categorized the data into five indexes for each city - job market, value, quality of life, desirability, and net migration - to definitively rank these major metro areas. You can read U.S. News' full methodology here.

    Scores for "value," a blend of annual household income and cost of living, and "quality of life," which accounts for crime, college readiness, commute, and other factors, are included below on a 10-point scale, as well as the city's population and average annual salary.

    Austin, Texas, came out on top for the second consecutive year, while Colorado Springs, Colorado, jumped from No. 11 to take the No. 2 spot, edging out the state's capital, Denver, which rounded out the top three.

    Nearly a dozen cities made the top-50 list for the first time since 2017, including Huntsville, Alabama; Asheville, North Carolina; and Anchorage, Alaska.

    Keep reading to discover the 50 best places to live in America.

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