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Ranking the Queen City

There are listicals… and then there’s the U.S. News and World Report. You know you’ve made it to the big leagues when you’re featured on a publication of such magnitude. The national brand recently looked at all major metropolitan areas- 125 in total- and ranked them in their annual ‘Best Places to Live’ feature. 

U.S. News analyzed the largest cities in the country (by population size) and weighed several key factors against one another. They looked at places where your dollar goes the furthest, where the job market is strong, and where people generally have a high quality of life. 

One hundred and twenty-five cities later, they have their 2019 Best Places to Live list. Did Charlotte make the list… and if so, where did she rank? 

The List 

But of course Charlotte made the list! And, we are excited to say, we’re ranked pretty highly. Charlotte came in at No. 20 on the list of 125 best cities in the U.S. We are sandwiched between No. 21 Dallas-Forth Worth, TX and No. 19 Washington D.C. Two other North Carolina cities outranked Charlotte. Asheville came in at No. 16 with Raleigh-Durham ranking in at No. 10. 

The remaining top ten cities are as follows: 

No. 9: Seattle, WA
No. 8: Portland, OR
No. 7: San Francisco, CA
No. 6: Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN
No. 5: Des Moines, IA
No. 4: Fayetteville, AR
No. 3: Colorado Springs, CO
No. 2: Denver, CO
No. 1: Austin, TX

For the full list of 125, visit U.S. News and World Report.

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