Best Places to Live in the USA

Ten cities where Greysteel conducts business were ranked among the top 25 “Best Places to Live in the USA” in U.S. News & World Report’s recently published 2019 annual list. Each year U.S. News analyzes the 125 most populous metro areas in the nation to find the best places to live based on data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. Dept. of Labor. U.S. News categorizes data into the five indexes and then weights them using a methodology determined by Americans' preferences. To make the top of the list, a city had to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market, and a high quality of life.

The five indexes used and how they are weighted include:

  • Job Market Index (20%): Measures the strength of each metro area's job market.
  • Housing Affordability Index (25%): Measures how comfortably the average resident of each metro area can afford to live within their means.
  • Quality of Life Index (30%): Measures how satisfied residents are with their daily lives in each ranked metro area.
  • Desirability Index (15%): Measures whether or not people want to live in a given metro area.
  • Net Migration (10%): Measures whether people are moving to or away from each of the metro areas.

Top 25 Best Places to Live in the USA: 


1. Austin, TX: 7.6 Overall Score*

2. Denver, CO: 7.4 Overall Score*

3. Colorado Springs, CO: 7.4 Overall Score*

4. Fayetteville, AR: 7.3 Overall Score

5. Des Moines, IA: 7.3 Overall Score

6. Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN: 7.3 Overall Score

7. San Francisco, CA: 7.3 Overall Score

8. Portland, OR: 7.2 Overall Score

9. Seattle, WA: 7.2 Overall Score

10. Raleigh-Durham, NC: 7.2 Overall Score*

11. Huntsville, AL: 7.1 Overall Score

12. Madison, WI: 7.1 Overall Score*

13. Grand Rapids, MI: 7.1 Overall Score

14. San Jose, CA: 7.1 Overall Score

15. Nashville, TN: 7.1 Overall Score

16. Asheville, NC: 7.1 Overall Score*

17. Boise, ID: 7.1 Overall Score

18. Sarasota, FL: 7.0 Overall Score

19. Washington, DC: 7.0 Overall Score*

20. Charlotte, NC: 7.0 Overall Score*

21. Dallas-Fort Worth, TX: 7.0 Overall Score*

22. Greenville, SC: 7.0 Overall Score*

23. Portland, ME: 7.0 Overall Score

24. Salt Lake City, UT: 6.9 Overall Score

25. Melbourne, FL: 6.9 Overall Score


* City Where Greysteel Conducts Business


Source: U.S. News & World Report: