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The best places to live in the US, according to annual rankings

Green Bay, Wisconsin, tops the list of best places to live in the U.S. this year according to U.S. News and World Report.
The best places to live in the US, according to annual rankings
Posted at 8:50 PM, May 16, 2023

A rushing river, a thriving downtown, and sometimes prime seats for the northern lights.   

For decades, photographer Jason Brotski has captured vivid greens and brilliant purples dancing across the night sky. 

But he says the best place to photograph them isn’t Alaska or even Iceland — it's Sunset Beach Park, in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  

And U.S. News and World Report understands why.  

Out of 150 American cities, the magazine ranked Green Bay as the best place to live, based on the area’s job market, value, quality of life and people’s desire to live there.

Rounding out the top five are Huntsville, Alabama; Raleigh and Durham in North Carolina; Boulder, Colorado and Sarasota, Florida.  

Each of these cities boast good job opportunities — like in Huntsville, where many work at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. 

Or in Raleigh-Durham, which is known for its research and university jobs.  

Boulder is highly desirable due to its countless wellness offerings: Forest bathing, rock climbing and cycling, all against the backdrop of the Rocky Mountains. 

And while Sarasota used to be dubbed a "retiree’s playground," the fast-growing city is also among U.S. News’ top 10 safest places to live, with an excellent nightlife-to-people ratio. 

In a press release, Devon Thorsby, a real estate editor at U.S. News, says beyond affordability and jobs, people are also considering severe weather risk and the community’s ability to recover from disasters.  

That’s why this year, the list included weather as part of its desirability index, evaluating the number of days the temperature fell between 33 and 89 degrees. 

But no matter which city you end up in on this list, odds are you’ll end up somewhere with below-average crime rates, affordable places to live — and, hopefully, an overall good quality of life.

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