COLORADO SPRINGS – U.S. News and World Report has again ranked Colorado Springs near the top of its list of the best places to live in the United States.
Colorado Springs came in as the third best city to call home out of 125 metro areas it ranked in the U.S.
The publication credited the city’s natural beauty, location, schools, temperate climate and low unemployment rate for its spot near the top of the list. However, Colorado Springs wasn’t ranked as the best city to live in Colorado, losing to Denver, which was ranked second on the list this year, despite tying in their overall score of 7.4 out of 10.
Austin, Texas once again ranked first on the list for the third year in a row. The rankings were based on factors like the job market, value, quality of life desirability and net migration to and from a metropolitan area.
Top 10 places to live(According to US News and World Report):
- Austin, Texas
- Colorado Springs
- Fayetteville, Ark.
- Des Moines, Iowa
- Minneapolis, Minn.
- San Francisco, Calif.
- Portland, Ore.
- Seattle, Wa.
- Raleigh and Durham, N.C.
While Colorado Springs ranked very high as a place to live, it ranked 33rd on its best places to retire list. Those rankings took into account similar factors that were weighted differently along with extra factors such as healthcare quality and taxes for retirees. Denver ranked 37th in that list.
Lancaster, Pa. topped the retiree list, boasting excellent scores for healthcare and solid marks for overall quality of life and affordability.
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