People talk about how they love the hill country of Texas. Apparently, a lot of people are talking about it as Austin has been judged the best place to live in the U.S.

U.S. News & World Report just released their 2017 list of Best Places to live, which ranks the United States’ 100 largest metropolitan areas.  Austin, Texas was ranked number one this year.

A number of factors were used in ranking the cities. Austin was awarded the top spot based in part on: The job market having grown over the last year, costs are lower in Austin compared to other big cities, and the unemployment rate of Austin is also currently lower than the national average.

Another consideration in deciding the rankings is quality of life. Austin scored high in that area as well, boasting a below-average crime rate which has steadily been declining in recent years. Many of the schools in Austin are recognized on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best High School list and Austin offers exceptional universities and colleges.

Austin is one of the fastest growing cities in the top 100 metropolitan areas due to the pleasant climate, growing job market and fun-loving culture. There is always plenty of live music to be found in Austin as well as many other cultural outlets and events.

The Best Places to Live In list considers many different factors when ranking cities, including information from the United States Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Labor just to name a few.

According to the U.S. News & World Report, the top 20 best cities to live in the U.S. are listed here:

1. Austin, Texas

2. Denver, Colorado

3. San Jose, California

4. Washington, D.C.

5. Fayetteville, Arkansas

6. Seattle, Washington

7. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

8. Boston, Massachusetts

9. Des Moines, Iowa

10. Salt Lake City, Utah

11. Colorado Springs, Colorado

12. Boise, Idaho

13. Nashville, Tennessee

14. Charlotte, North Carolina

15. Dallas, Texas

16. San Francisco, California

17. Minneapolis, Minnesota

18. Madison, Wisconsin

19. Grand Rapids, Michigan

20. Houston, Texas

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