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Seattle ranks 9th in U.S. News and World Report's best cities to live

Seattle Post-Intelligencer logo Seattle Post-Intelligencer 4/15/2019 By Zosha Millman, SeattlePI
a view of a city: Downtown Seattle is seen from the CoStar Group slow-speed research plane, May 31, 2018. © Provided by Hearst Newspapers Downtown Seattle is seen from the CoStar Group slow-speed research plane, May 31, 2018.

Being within the top 10 of any sort of (positive) ranking is pretty good. Even ninth place isn't so bad -- though it doesn't feel great to be trailing Portland.

a bridge over a body of water: 10. Austin, Texas
Overall satisfaction rating: 3.3 Most in-demand jobs: Software engineer, business analyst, staff accountant Highest-rated companies hiring in Austin: HomeAway, University of Texas at Austin, National Instruments © Provided by Hearst Newspapers 10. Austin, Texas Overall satisfaction rating: 3.3 Most in-demand jobs: Software engineer, business analyst, staff accountant Highest-rated companies hiring in Austin: HomeAway, University of Texas at Austin, National Instruments

According to U.S. News and World Report that's where Seattle places in this year's round up of the best places to live in the U.S.

a view of a city: In this June 29, 2016 photo, new apartment buildings line a street in trendy downtown Denver. One of the fastest growing economies in the nation, the city's current success contrasts with the economic slump that often defines life in rural Colorado. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) © Hearst Newspapers In this June 29, 2016 photo, new apartment buildings line a street in trendy downtown Denver. One of the fastest growing economies in the nation, the city's current success contrasts with the economic slump that often defines life in rural Colorado. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

After analyzing 125 metro areas in the country to find the best place to live based on metrics like quality of life, the job market, value of living there, and people's desire to live there, Seattle clocked in at ninth, with an overall score of 7.2.

a view of a city at night: 9) Colorado Springs, ColoradoTotal Score: 60.72 © Oneillbro/Getty Images/iStockphoto

9) Colorado Springs, Colorado

Total Score: 60.72

In terms of spread across the top 10, Seattle's not that far behind the lead city -- Austin with 7.6 -- and even ties with No. 8, Portland for overall score.

a train going through a city: Fayetteville, AR.ZIP code: 72703 Median home list price: $417,265 © DenisTangneyJr/iStock

Fayetteville, AR.ZIP code: 72703 Median home list price: $417,265

RELATED: Seattle breaks April rainy day weather record

a group of people in front of a body of water: In this Wednesday, May 30, 2018, photo, paddle boarders make their way across Gray's Lake, near downtown Des Moines, Iowa. US cities are building whitewater courses and encouraging greater use of urban waterways, but the efforts come as they struggle with pollution in their rivers. In Des Moines, officials support a $117 million plan to attract paddlers to often polluted rivers in the city’s downtown and suburbs. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) © Charlie Neibergall, Associated Press In this Wednesday, May 30, 2018, photo, paddle boarders make their way across Gray's Lake, near downtown Des Moines, Iowa. US cities are building whitewater courses and encouraging greater use of urban waterways, but the efforts come as they struggle with pollution in their rivers. In Des Moines, officials support a $117 million plan to attract paddlers to often polluted rivers in the city’s downtown and suburbs. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The deciding factor that separates it from our southern PNW neighbor is quality of life and value, where the difference was .1 worse for both in Seattle versus Portland.

a bridge over a body of water: 17. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
Average annual salary: $
Median rent: $
Median home price: $ © Getty

17. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.

Average annual salary: $

Median rent: $

Median home price: $

Which should be a good reminder to folks eyeing the Pacific Northwest: Seattle is already dealing with a drastic influx of people, and it's not exactly going well. Our infrastructure was already woefully not up to snuff, and that was back before the "period of maximum constraint" kicked off, promising years of struggling Seattle traffic.

an aerial view of a city: A view of downtown San Francisco near sunset. George Gavin shares his stunning drone photographs of the Bay Area on his Instagram page streets.win . © Instagram / Streets.win

A view of downtown San Francisco near sunset. George Gavin shares his stunning drone photographs of the Bay Area on his Instagram page streets.win .

RELATED: Seattleites spent almost 6 days stuck in traffic last year

a view of a city with a mountain in the background: View of Portland skyline. Portland Aerial Tram and Mt. Hood on the background. © Provided by Hearst Newspapers

View of Portland skyline. Portland Aerial Tram and Mt. Hood on the background.

Our residents are already being pushed farther and farther outside of the city in order to make ends meet, and while historically your dollar will go further the longer your commute is, living prices just keep going up pretty much anywhere you look.

a view of a city at night: Skyline of Raleigh, NC during summer at dusk"n © Provided by Hearst Newspapers

Skyline of Raleigh, NC during summer at dusk"n

So if something like the U.S. News and World report is making you feel like Seattle is the spot to relocate to, maybe also peruse our slideshow about what sort of reasons you should probably just pick somewhere else -- like San Francisco or Portland, both higher rated than Seattle by U.S. News and World Report!

a screenshot of a cell phone: Huntsville, Alabama. Chronicle Graphic © Todd Trumbull Huntsville, Alabama. Chronicle Graphic

Or just hang tight until where you are until, you know, we've sorted out all the problems in our city and can start welcoming people with open arms, as opposed to the Seattle Freeze. (Don't hold your breath.)

a man talking on a cell phone: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, right, wears headphones as he walks with quarterbacks coach Carl Smith, left, during warmups before an NFL football NFC wild card playoff game against the Detroit Lions, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, right, wears headphones as he walks with quarterbacks coach Carl Smith, left, during warmups before an NFL football NFC wild card playoff game against the Detroit Lions, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

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