Find out where Phoenix ranks on the new Best Places to Live list

by Patrick Regan

Phoenix ranks No. 67 on the newly released list of Best Places to Live in the U.S. from U.S. News & World Report.

The publication tallies the 150 most populous cities in the U.S. and then ranks them according to a number of factors, including housing affordability, quality of life, desirability, migration patterns and local job market.

Phoenix, which has seen an influx of new residents in recent years, scored highest on net migration and value/affordability. 

“Within the Valley of the Sun, you can trace Arizona’s history from its earliest Hohokam residents at the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park to the latest technological developments showcased at the Arizona Science Center,” the report said. “Plus, Greater Phoenix’s 2,000-plus square miles sprawl to the bottom of striking desert mountains crisscrossed by hiking and biking trails.”

The top 20 cities on the list:

  1. Huntsville, Alabama
  2. Colorado Springs, Colorado
  3. Green Bay, Wisconsin
  4. Boulder, Colorado
  5. San Jose, California
  6. Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina
  7. Fayetteville, Arkansas
  8. Portland, Maine
  9. Sarasota, Florida
  10. San Francisco
  11. Ann Arbor, Michigan
  12. Naples, Florida
  13. Austin, Texas
  14. Des Moines, Iowa
  15. Boise, Idaho
  16. Grand Rapids, Michigan
  17. Madison, Wisconsin
  18. Boston
  19. Washington, D.C.
  20. Melbourne, Florida


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