Find out where Seattle ranks on the new Best Places to Live list

by Patrick Regan

Seattle ranks No. 36 on the newly released list of Best Places to Live in the U.S. from U.S. News & World Report.

The publication tallies the 150 most populous cities in the U.S. and then ranks them according to a number of factors, including housing affordability, quality of life, desirability, migration patterns and local job market.

Seattle scored extremely well for the local job market and had good marks for quality of life and desirability, but it was hurt by its affordability/value score.

“For many, living in Seattle has as much to do with what’s outside the city proper as what’s inside,” the report said. “Less than an hour from downtown, residents escape for the day or weekend to wineries, ski resorts, hiking trails and sprawling parks. Seattleites bring that love of nature into the city proper as much as possible, enjoying Seattle’s parks and tree-lined streets while staying cozy in fleece jackets.”

The top 20 cities on the list:

  1. Huntsville, Alabama
  2. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  3. Green Bay, Wisconsin
  4. Boulder, Colorado
  5. San Jose, California
  6. Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina
  7. Fayetteville, Arkansas
  8. Portland, Maine
  9. Sarasota, Florida
  10. San Francisco
  11. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  12. Naples, Florida
  13. Austin, Texas
  14. Des Moines, Iowa
  15. Boise, Idaho
  16. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  17. Madison, Wisconsin
  18. Boston
  19. Washington, D.C.
  20. Melbourne, Florida

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