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U.S. News & World Report just released its list of the 100 Best Places to Live in the U.S.A. If you’re thinking about relocating, retiring, or just window shopping, this might be a good tool. Otherwise, it’s still nifty.


Trip Advisor.

This, mind you, is a list of the 100 largest metropolitan areas – all with populations over 500,000. If you’re looking for a small town, there are other lists. Still, for what this is, it’s a pretty comprehensive assessment. I suppose respect for the ranking order is subjective though USN did stick to a particular methodology.

Their Top Ten:

Austin, TX

Denver, CO

San Jose, CA

Washington, DC

Fayetteville, AR

Seattle, WA

Raleigh & Durham, NC

Boston, MA

Des Moines, IA

Salt Lake City, UT

I might reorder those. That’s just me.

With a handful of exceptions I think I’ve been to most every town on the list. I split my time between two of the 100 – neither of which made the top spots. One is a “medium” sized city – by USN’s measurement – the other is “X-Large”. If I’m honest, both have their charm and draws. Odd, considering I’m really a smaller town kind of guy.

Anyway, check it out and see how your city ranks.

Oh, by the way: No. 8, Boston (Foxborough), Mass., is home to the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. No. 50, Atlanta, is home to the Coca-Cola Museum and a traffic jam.