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The 50 Best Cities to Live in the US

These are the top American cities for 2023/2024 with the best quality of life says U.S. News & World Report.

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Best Places to Live in the United States

U.S. News & World Report bases its Best Places to Live in the U.S. on a host of factors: the local job market, housing affordability, quality of life, the desirability of living in that area for non-residents, and the area's appeal in actually attracting new residents. Looking for a new city to call home, or wondering if your city made the list? Read on to reveal the top places to live across the country, including the fast-growing southeastern city pictured above that comes in at number 8.

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1. Green Bay, Wisconsin

Contrary to popular belief, Wisconsin has a lot more to offer than great cheese and the Green Bay Packers, Green Bay is also ranked on US News & World Report as one of the best places to retire.

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2. Huntsville, Alabama

Perhaps unexpected on a list of top 20 American cities, relatively small Huntsville is the fastest growing metro area in Alabama. Known for playing a significant role in the space race of the 1960s, the area continues to attract a large number of engineers working at NASA and the US Army's Redstone Arsenal.

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3. Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina

North Carolina’s Research Triangle – made up of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill – often receives accolades for its quality of life, strong economy and excellent education system. With three nearby universities, there are many opportunities for jobs in education, as well as manufacturing, aerospace, biotechnology and green energy.

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