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Top Ten Best Places to Live in the us

Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas

U.S. News analyzed 125 metro areas in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each metro area, as well as the value of living there and people's desire to live there.

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Magalie L'AbbT | Getty Images "Greetings from Austin" street art mural. For the second year in a row, Austin, Texas has been named the best place to live in the United States.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Who lives in Colorado Springs, CO? Colorado Springs is home to a sizable retiree community. More than a tenth of the population is over the age of 65. As the area military members retire, they often stay close to the nearby military bases for medical care, shopping privileges and a fairly low cost of living.

Denver, Colorado
Denver, Colorado

Nicknamed the Mile High City for its 5,280-foot elevation (although officially reported as 5,279 feet), Denver's location at the base of the Rocky Mountains provides a gateway to a slew of outdoor pursuits, although it is probably best known for its devout ski and snowboard enthusiasts.

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Des Moines, Iowa
Des Moines, Iowa

Other favorites include the Iowa Wolves (basketball), the Des Moines Buccaneers (hockey), the Iowa Wild (hockey) and the Iowa Barnstormers (arena football). From May through October, the downtown farmers market spreads out across eight blocks in the Court District, and festivals like the Des Moines Arts Festival in June energize the region. And, yes, locals do visit the annual Iowa State Fair to glimpse the life-size butter cow sculpture and taste the latest food on a stick.

Fayetteville, Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas

The area known as Northwest Arkansas is the birthplace of Walmart, the headquarters of Tyson Foods and the home of the University of Arkansas, the flagship campus of the U of A system. People from all over the world call Fayetteville home.

Portland, Oregon
Portland, Oregon

What's the best way to get around Portland, OR? You can get around the bulk of Portland without a car, but owning one is helpful if you plan to travel to areas outside the city center. For drivers, commute times average at less than half an hour, with traffic mostly jamming up at interstate connections, sections of Highway 26 and 217 and the Interstate 5 Bridge crossing the Columbia River.

Huntsville, Alabama
Huntsville, Alabama

What's the cost of living in Huntsville, AL? Though the cost of living in Huntsville is higher than the state average, residents tend to pay less than those who live in other major metro areas around the country.

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Washington, D
Washington, D

But those who live in the District are quick to point out that there's more to their area than government. The Washington, D.C., metro area has the perks of a large urban area. It's serviced by an extensive public transit system, and is home to plenty of restaurants, entertainment venues, a variety of museums, public parks and other cultural sites.

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