NYC Is Not One of the 25 Best Places to Live in America in 2018, According to U.S. News & World Report

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25. Boston: U.S. News reports Beantown has a strong job market, however, it has dropped since last year.
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24. Asheville, North Carolina: The Biltmore Estate is historic mansion in Asheville, North Carolina. U.S. News reports Asheville has a high quality of life.
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23. Boise, Idaho: Boise, the capital of Idaho, is No. 23 on U.S. News' list and has a growing in population and affordable housing.
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22. Charlotte, North Carolina: Charlotte, North Carolina is a low-cost city with a growing population, U.S. News reports.
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21. Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky: U.S. News says its average morning commute is just 21.3 minutes, putting it among the top 20 spots in the country for shortest commute.
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20. San Francisco: Although San Francisco is one of the most expensive places to live in the country, U.S. News' report says The City is a top market to find a job.
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19. Phoenix: According to U.S. News' report, Phoenix has a median annual salary of $47,540.
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18. Dallas-Fort Worth: Dallas-Forth Worth is the largest among U.S. News' top 25 metro areas.
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17. San Jose, California: It's not as affordable as prior years, but U.S. News says it's still the No. 1 job market in the country.
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16. Madison, Wisconsin: Wisconsin State Capitol. According to U.S. News' report Madison has a growing job market and holds an unemployment rate of 2.4 percent.
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15. Salt Lake City, Utah: It's one of the 10 most affordable places to live out of the 125 metro areas U.S. News assessed.
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14. San Antonio, Texas: It's the 16th fastest-growing metro in the country and has shown growth in desirability among U.S. residents, U.S. News says.
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13. Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina: A consistently growing education industry was a key factor in the ranking, along with technology and job opportunities.
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12. Grand Rapids, Michigan: The metro area had high scores for resident satisfaction in the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, U.S. News says.
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11. Nashville, Tennessee: According to U.S. News, more and more people are viewing the metro area as a desirable place to live. The population saw 6.7 percent growth between 2012 and 2016 because of net migration, the report said.
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10. Seattle: It's got a consistently strong job market and high desirability ranking among U.S. residents, U.S. News says.
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9. Minneapolis-St. Paul: It's got a consistently strong job market, but also saw a "sizeable increase" in the areas image as a desirable place to live, U.S. News says.
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8. Washington, D.C.: Apart from the strong job market (third best in the nation), it has high desirability ranking among U.S. residents.
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7. Huntsville, Alabama: Engineering, tech, science and math are prime job market focuses -- plus it's the most affordable place to live out of all the metros U.S. News assessed.
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6. Portland, Oregon: This metro leaped 26 spots to No. 6 in this year's ranking from No. 32 in 2017 because U.S. residents view it "as a highly desirable place to live," according to U.S. News.
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5. Fayetteville, Arkansas: It's the fastest growing metro area in northwest Arkansas and has low relative living costs and high quality of life scores.
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4. Des Moines, Iowa: It's got a low cost of living compared with the median household income, as well as sustained job market growth.
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3. Denver, Colorado: It's been in the top three for the last three years, thanks in part to its job market and high desirability ranking.
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2. Colorado Springs, Colorado: U.S. News says it jumped to second-best this year because of college prep in high school, a great job market, high desirability and flourishing industries from aerospace to tourism.
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1. Austin, Texas: Jobs, music, South by Southwest, tech industry growth and high desirability make this Texas metro the top place to live in America, according to U.S. News.
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