The "Best Places to Live" rankings list is part of the expanding Real Estate channel at U.S. News, which includes the Best Real Estate Agents and advice content to help individuals make important real estate decisions. Find the full list of ranked cities here.
Methodology: For the inaugural Best Places to Live rankings, the U.S. News & World Report took into account the following factors: the value of living; the quality of life; the health of the job market; whether or not people want to live there; whether or not people are actually moving there.
About 2,000 Internet users from across the country were polled on these factors. Data was also collected from sources including the United States Census, the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Report, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The report also utilized the U.S. News & World Report's Best High Schools and Best Hospitals rankings, using their own data for the first time, as well as their own calculated Quality of Life Index and Desirability Index to inform their rankings. The rankings will be refreshed once a year.