Utah Named #10 Among Best Places to Live


U.S. News analyzed the 100 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 strong job market and a high quality of life.

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Austin, TX

badge #1 in Best Places to Live

About 50 people move to Austin every day, drawn to the Texas capital's music, outdoor spaces and cultural institutions. Austin was ... more

  • 7.8 Overall Score
  • 7.3 Quality of Life
  • 7.3 Value
Austin, TX photos

Denver, CO

badge #2 in Best Places to Live

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 ... more

  • 7.5 Overall Score
  • 6.8 Quality of Life
  • 7.2 Value
Denver, CO photos

San Jose, CA

badge #3 in Best Places to Live

Nicknamed the capital of Silicon Valley, San Jose is a diverse area with an innovative spirit. While it has a distinct downtown, Sa... more

  • 7.4 Overall Score
  • 7.7 Quality of Life
  • 6.1 Value
San Jose, CA photos

Washington, DC

badge #4 in Best Places to Live

To the rest of the country, Washington, D.C., is the nation's capital – and that's it. It's where lawmakers sit high and mighty, an... more

  • 7.3 Overall Score
  • 6.6 Quality of Life
  • 7.4 Value
Washington, DC photos

Fayetteville, AR

badge #5 in Best Places to Live

Located in a region that's experiencing drastic growth, Fayetteville – together with Bentonville, Rogers and Springdale – has trans... more

  • 7.3 Overall Score
  • 7.4 Quality of Life
  • 7.9 Value
Fayetteville, AR photos

Seattle, WA

badge #6 in Best Places to Live

To answer the question on many people's mind: "No, it doesn't rain all the time." Seattle gets less rain annually than Boston, New ... more

  • 7.2 Overall Score
  • 6.2 Quality of Life
  • 6.3 Value
Seattle, WA photos

Raleigh & Durham, NC

badge #7 in Best Places to Live

Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are known for their research/technology roots and collegiate rivalries. This tri-city region (known... more

  • 7.2 Overall Score
  • 6.9 Quality of Life
  • 7.7 Value
Raleigh & Durham, NC photos

Boston, MA

badge #8 in Best Places to Live

Boston is a region of dualism, often feeling like a small town with all the perks of city life. The metro area houses a diverse cul... more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 6.7 Quality of Life
  • 5.8 Value
Boston, MA photos

Des Moines, IA

badge #9 in Best Places to Live

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 fam... more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 6.8 Quality of Life
  • 8.5 Value
Des Moines, IA photos

Salt Lake City, UT

badge #10 in Best Places to Live

While remnants of its Mormon heritage – including the striking Salt Lake Temple – are still prominent downtown, Salt Lake City is n... more

  • 7.1 Overall Score
  • 6.9 Quality of Life
  • 7.7 Value
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U.S. News & World Report Wed, 06/28/2017 - 11:18