The best places to live in the U.S.

By Lily Rose
Published: 06:34 PM May 18, 2021
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The best places to live in U.S., ranked

What's America's best place to live?

A ranking from the survey company Niche.com suggests that American's top choices aren't necessarily the best-known. 

For the creation of this ranking, Niche researchers factored in good public schools, affordable costs of living, low crime rates and the overall satisfaction of their residents, culling data from the U.S. Department of Education, the Census Bureau, the FBI and public-sentiment polling.

Niche also considered local commutes (length and access to public transport); diversity (of age, gender and ethnicity); health and fitness of its residents (based on rates of smoking, alcohol abuse, and obesity as well as access to healthcare and fitness centers); jobs (including employment rates, career and business growth) and housing costs (based on home values, property taxes and ownership rates). 

For the purpose of this ranking, we're only looking at major cities — places with populations above 100,000.