The 20 best cities in the US to live in, from US News & World Report

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Where are the best places to live? US News looked at the 150 most populous cities to decide. 

Curious about where the living is best in the US in 2021-2022? US News compared 150 metro areas on factors including value, desirability, job market, and quality of life. 

Here’s the top of the list, counting down from number 20.

#20: Charlotte, NC

#19: Seattle, WA 

#18: Melbourne, FL 

#17: Fort Collins, CO

#16: Madison, WI 

#15: San Francisco, CA 

#14: Denver, CO 

#13: Des Moines, IA 

#12: Ann Arbor, MI 

#11: Boise, ID 

#10: Portland, OR 

#9: Sarasota, FL 

#8: Portland, ME 

#7: Naples, FL 

#6: Colorado Springs, CO

#5: Austin, TX

#4: Fayetteville, AR 

#3: Huntsville, AL 

#2: Raleigh and Durham, NC 

#1: Boulder, CO

For the full list and methodology, visit US News.

Cover photo by John-Mark Smith on Unsplash

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