BOSTON — U.S. News and World Report has named Boston among the best places to live in America.
The publication ranked the country's 100 largest metropolitan areas based on affordability, job prospects and quality of life. Austin, Texas bumped Denver from the top spot it held last year to No. 2.
Rounding out the top five are San Jose, California (up from No. 10), Washington, D.C. (up from No. 8), and Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Austin earned an overall score of 7.8 out of 10. The ranking was the culmination of scores in desirability, value, job market, quality of life and net migration. According to U.S. News:
- The Desirability Index measures whether or not people want to live in a given metro area. Boston's score: 8.2
- The Value Index measures how comfortably the average resident of each metro area can afford to live within his or her means. Boston's score: 5.8
- The Job Market Index measures the strength of each metro area's job market. Boston's score: 8.9
- The Quality of Life Index measures how satisfied residents are with their daily lives in each ranked metro area. Boston's score: 6.7
- Net Migration measures whether people are moving to or away from each of the metro areas. Boston's score: 6.7
The 2017 Best Places to Live list was put together after thousands of Americans were surveyed to find out what they value in a hometown. The methodology also factored in demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau, crime stats from the FBI, and information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as previous U.S. News rankings of the high schools and hospitals.
“The metro areas that do well are the ones with strong job markets and high quality of life,” said Kim Castro, executive editor at U.S. News, in a statement.
Here are the top 10 cities:
- San Jose, California
- Washington, D.C.
- Fayetteville, Arkansas
- Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
- Des Moines, Iowa
- Salt Lake City
Cox Media Group