best cities to live in U.S.- swing states are 7 out of 20

In the list of the top 20 cities to live in the United States by U.S. News and World Report, cities within swing states snag 7 of the top 20 spots. Colorado and North Carolina came out on top with two cities featured in the top 20. On the website, U.S. News and World Report cited these criteria for choosing the top cities,

“We rank the Best Places to Live using a methodology that takes into account the following factors: the value of living there; the quality of life there; the health of the job market there; whether or not people want to live there; and lastly, whether or not people are actually moving there. When determining the importance of each of these factors, we polled roughly 2,000 Internet users across the country. The weightings in the methodology are a direct reflection of the responses we received from the survey.”

The top 20 best cities to live in the U.S.

1. Austin, Texas

2. Denver, Colorado

3. San Jose, California

4. Washington, D.C.

5. Fayetteville, Arkansas

6. Seattle, Washington

7. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

8. Boston, Massachusetts

9. Des Moines, Iowa

10. Salt Lake City, Utah

11. Colorado Springs, Colorado

12. Boise, Idaho

13. Nashville, Tennessee

14. Charlotte, North Carolina

15. Dallas, Texas

16. San Francisco, California

17. Minneapolis, Minnesota

18. Madison, Wisconsin

19. Grand Rapids, Michigan

20. Houston, Texas


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  1. Interesting! I feel l lucky–I was born in Austin and lived there for about twenty-five years, lived in Houston for a spell, moved to Dallas for a job, attended grad school in Madison and also in Grand Rapids, and lived in Boston in between a couple of those. I’ve loved all of them, often for different reasons.


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