For the third year in a row!

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
April 14, 2019
Pennybacker Bridge, Austin, Texas
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Every year, U.S. News and World Report releases their Best Places to Live rankings. For their ratings, the news outlet analyzes the 125 most populous metropolitan areas in the country for their job markets, value (or housing affordability), quality of life, desirability, and net migration, assigning each category a weight from 10-to-30 percent. (To read more on their methodology, click here.)

This year, Austin, Texas topped the list as the #1 Best Place to Live — for the third year in a row. We likely don't need to tell you what makes Bat City so special, but the U.S. News and World Report writeup captures the town's spirit well, writing, "[p]eople are drawn to the Texas capital's music, outdoor spaces and cultural institutions." With a population of only around two million, Austin has also been dubbed the Live Music Capital of the World (Nashvillians may disagree), and the capital of Texas also hosts the popular festivals Austin City Limits and South by Southwest.

In addition to being named #1 for the Best Places to Live, Ausin is ranked as the fourth greatest spot to retire according to the company's top 100 list of Best Places to Retire in the USA.

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The top 10 Best Places to Live list also featured Fayetteville, Arkansas in fourth place and Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina in 10th place.

While so many nooks, crannies, and cosmopolitan areas in the South hold a special place in our heart, scanning the list reminds us of the many treasures and diverse attractions across America.