Best Cities to Live in 2017 in the United States

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March 2, 2017

Are you planning to move to a new city? When deciding where to move, you have to weigh the positives and negative to make sure that living in the area you have chosen will be worth it. You can consider factors such as politics, climate or proximity to your extended family.

US News & World Report is one of the most trustworthy outlets that deals with the ranking of the country’s top metro areas. From the 100 most populous cities in the country this year, they will evaluate the cities based on different indexes such as job market, value, desirability, quality of life, and net migration making the list of the best cities to live in 2017.

Job market looks into the unemployment rate and average salary of the city. Value is a combination of the city’s cost of living and household income. Desirability is measured using a survey answered by different people across the country. They are asked to rank the cities they would like to live in. Quality of life measures the residents’ satisfaction in their daily lives. It accounts the city’s quality of education, health care availability, crime rates, average commute time and well-being index. Lastly, net migration measures the movement of people to and away from each city. It determines the number of new residents each city attracts.

Here are the top 10 best cities to live in 2017 in the US.

  1. Austin, Texas

US News & World Report ranked Austin as the top city among the best cities to live in 2017 in the US. An average of 50 new residents moves to the city daily because of its outdoor recreation, cultural institutions and music venues. Austin is referred to as the Live Music Capital of the World because of its various live music acts. It hosts several music festivals and draws musicians from all over the world.

  1. Denver, Colorado

Denver is filled with a diverse group of residents—from fitness and nature lovers to easy-going crowd. Located at the base of the Rocky Mountains, Denver is famous for its ski and snowboarding activities. You can also find several places for recreation such as the Cherry Creek State Park and Red Socks Park downtown.

  1. San Jose, California

San Jose is a diverse and spread out city consists of campuses and suburban neighborhoods. It has a business district consists of private sector employers that can help graduates find jobs easily. Located near Diablo Range and Santa Cruz Mountains, San Jose is also an ideal city for nature-loving people.

  1. Washington, District of Columbia

There’s more to Washington than government and politics. Choosing your neighborhood in this city is dependent to the experience you want to be involved in. Every neighborhood has its own atmosphere. This city is home to several entertainment areas, cultural sites and museums.

  1. Fayetteville, Arkansas

Fayetteville developed from a small town to a progressive city. It is home to companies such a Walmart and Tyson Foods and University of Arkansas System’s flagship campus. Residents are very friendly to newcomers and often greet them with a wave or smile. The city has several community-based organizations and events that can help residents get involved in the community.

  1. Seattle, Washington

Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t rain a lot in Seattle. Residents are drawn by the natural beauty of the city and its closeness to nature. Surrounded by mountains and water, the city gives a calm atmosphere that also extends to the residents’ daily lives.

  1. Raleigh & Durham, North Carolina

Raleigh & Durham is a tri-city region, known as the Triangle, founded by research and technology. The Triangle attracts nearly 80 potential new residents daily because of its strong job market. This city also has well recognized restaurants that offer beers from the city’s numerous microbreweries.

  1. Boston, Massachusetts

From art lovers to professionals and students to retirees, Boston is a city full of diversity. It is a historical metro that is frequently called the Cradle of Liberty. You can experience the buzz of the city while living the pages of history books in Boston. It is a place rich with culture and pride.

  1. Des Moines, Iowa

The residents of Des Moines are said to be one of the nicest people to meet. Equipped with locally owned bars and restaurants, unique shops, festivals and cultural events, Des Moines’ downtown area attracts a lot of people of all ages.

  1. Salt Lake City, Utah

Located near the Wasatch Mountain, Salt Lake offers one of the best backyard views in the country. There are several nearby recreational areas to go to. During winter season, residents can take advantage of its world class ski resorts. There are also five national parks open to everyone where performances by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir can be enjoyed.