March 7, 2016

The Best Places To Live In The US In 2016

Where you work, live, and play is one of the most important factors in your personal happiness. It’s easy to chase a job or career and end up in a location that you hate. That’s how you get stuck in a life that you despise. So why don’t you choose to move to one of the best places to live in the US this year?

Denver, Colorado Skyline

Relocating can be tough and change is scary, but in the long run it’s worth it. You’ll be happier when you love the place that you live. So how do you choose the best place for you? Spin a globe and point? Hang a map on the wall and throw a dart? Why don’t you just check out the latest report from US News and World Report titled The Best Places To Live In 2016.

The World’s Best Cities For Quality Of Life in 2016 analyzed 100 metro areas using information from the Census Bureau, FBI, Department of Labor, and other US News sources. Learn more about their methodology here. They based their list on five main factors:

  • Job Market Index – 20%
  • Value Index – 25%
  • Quality of Life Index – 30%
  • Desirability Index – 15%
  • Net Migration – 10%

After crunching the numbers, determined that these are the 30 best places to live in the US in 2016:

  1. Denver, Colorado
  2. Austin, Texas
  3. Fayetteville, Arkansas
  4. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
  5. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  6. Boise, Idaho
  7. Seattle, Washington
  8. Washington, District of Columbia
  9. San Francisco, California
  10. San Jose, California
  11. Des Moines, Iowa
  12. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
  13. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  14. Sarasota, Florida
  15. Charlotte, North Carolina
  16. San Diego, California
  17. Houston, Texas
  18. Omaha, Nebraska
  19. Charleston, South Carolina
  20. Portland, Oregon
  21. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
  22. Nashville, Tennessee
  23. San Antonio, Texas
  24. Madison, Wisconsin
  25. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  26. Honolulu, Hawaii
  27. Salt Lake City, Utah
  28. Richmond, Virginia
  29. Portland, Maine
  30. Boston, Massachusetts

View the full list of The Best Cities to Live In 2016. US News provides valuable information about every city including population, median annual salary, quality of life index, overall value, and a brief synopsis. You can also sort the list based on population size, average rent, median home price, and commute time to help you narrow down your search.

The Best Cities For Job Seekers

Use this information to help you determine the best place for you to live. Then go for a visit and research companies and jobs in that area. You might just find that it’s time to relocate.

When you’re ready, search and apply for jobs on the JobMonkey JobCenter.

About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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