10 Best Places to Live in The U.S. in 2018

Research shows that where you live can have a significant impact on your health, well-being and happiness. At the same time, people are currently on the rise of health consciousness, and taking it into consideration. 

U.S. News & World Report released its annual ranking of America’s 125 Largest Metropolitan Areas in the year of 2018 based on cost of living, job prospects, quality of life and more, which helps people make their choice where to live – one of the biggest decisions in life. The data is based on the responses from a survey of more than 2,000 people and trusted sources such as like the U.S. Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Labor.

Here are the 10 best places to live in the United States in 2018.

1. Austin, Texas

– Metro Population: 1.942.615

– Median Home Price: $278.608

– Media Annual Salary: $50.830

Austin – one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country – keeps receiving interest from the tech industry, leading to a strong job market and high desirability among Americans as a place to live. It is also well-known for music, film and television attractions.


2. Colorado Springs, Colorado

– Metro Population: 688.643

– Median Home Price: $255.233

– Media Annual Salary: $49.450

Colorado Springs has much to offer, including a low cost of living, a low unemployment rate and a variety of recreation and entertainment options. It attracts students, professionals and military personnel to the area with a cache of military bases and nationally ranked colleges.


3. Denver, Colorado

– Metro Population: 2.752.056

– Median Home Price: $362.492

– Media Annual Salary: $55.910

Apart from a potential job market, Denver is also home to a flourishing arts scene, and music is a big part of life here. 


4. Des Moines, Iowa

– Metro Population: 611.755

– Median Home Price: $181.217

– Media Annual Salary: $49.420

The people of Des Moines are some of the nicest you’ll ever meet. And there’s plenty to do and see in Des Moines. Cultural events and festivals draw all ages to the downtown area.


5. Fayetteville, Arkansas

– Metro Population: 503.642

– Median Home Price: $182.508

– Media Annual Salary: $44.980

Fayetteville has transformed from a small town to a center of higher education, culture, commerce and entrepreneurialism.


6. Portland, Oregon

– Metro Population: 2.351.319

– Median Home Price: $349.675

– Media Annual Salary: $53.960

Though Oregon’s income tax rate is one of the highest in the country, there’s no sales tax.


7. Huntsville, Alabama

– Metro Population: 440.230

– Median Home Value: $159.800

– Media Annual Salary: $52.960

Aerospace and defense are the largest job sectors in Huntsville, with NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal being two of the area’s largest employers.


8. Washington, D.C.

– Metro Population: 6.011.752 

– Median Home Price: $368.642

– Media Annual Salary: $68.000

It’s serviced by an extensive public transit system, and is home to plenty of restaurants, entertainment venues, a variety of museums, public parks and other cultural sites.


9. Minneapolis, Minnesota

– Metro Population: 3.488.436

– Median Home Price: $237.367

– Media Annual Salary: $55.010

The city’s job market features opportunities at life science, biotechnology and health technology companies.


10. Seattle, Washington

– Metro Population: 3.671.095

– Median Home Price: $403.650

– Media Annual Salary: $61.170

The natural beauty of Seattle – it’s surrounded by both mountains and water on two sides – is one of the biggest draws for residents.

(Source: U.S. News)

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