The 50 best places to live in America, ranked

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U.S. News & World Report releases a list of the best places to live in America every year.

Its 2019 ranking for the best places to live looked at five metrics: job market, value, quality of life, desirability, and net migration.

The best place to live in America is Austin, Texas, followed by Denver, Colorado.

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When deciding where to put down roots, many factors are in the eye of the beholder, such as climate, politics, or proximity to extended family.

Other aspects are coveted by nearly everybody: affordable housing, access to well-paying jobs, a low cost of living, good schools, and quality healthcare. In its ranking of the best places to live in America for 2019, U.S. News & World Report gathered data on these crucial components for more than 100 US cities.

While some US cities have been more affected by the coronavirus pandemic than others, this ranking looks at data collected prior to the pandemic.

U.S. News categorized the data into five indexes for each city job market, value, quality of life, desirability, and net migration to definitively rank these major metro areas. You can read U.S. News' full methodology here.

Scores for "value," a blend of annual household income and cost of living, and "quality of life," which accounts for crime, college readiness, commute, and other factors, are included below on a 10-point scale, as well as the city's population and average annual salary.

Austin, Texas, came out on top for the third consecutive year, while Denver, Colorado, moved back up to No. 2 after being topped by Colorado Springs in the previous year.

A handful of cities entered the top 50 list, including Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Knoxville, Tennessee; Lansing, Michigan; Kansas City, Missouri; Pensacola, Florida; and Indianapolis, Indiana.

Keep reading to discover the 50 best places to live in America.50. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Pittsburgh is taking steps to rehabilitate its industrial reputation with increasing amounts of green spaces and state parks.

Local expert Cheryl Werber also explains that more and more companies are also migrating to the Steel City, bringing exciting job opportunities to the area. Housing in Pittsburgh is also more affordable than other major cities, despite rates slowly beginning to rise.

Population: 300,286

Average annual salary: 48,580

Quality of life: 6.3

Value: 8.2

49. Kansas City, Missouri

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Kansas City, Missouri, is a major metropolis with more than 2 million residents. Those living in the Midwestern city have access to a number of community-building activities that make the city a nice place to live.

According to local expert Tonya Goth Simmons, locals can play cards by the river at a riverboat casino, take in a show at the Kansas City Symphony, learn a little bit about the country's rich jazz history at the American Jazz Museum, or enjoy some delicious barbecue.

Population: 495,327

Average annual salary: 49,460

Quality of life: 6.2

Value: 7.7

48. Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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In Lancaster, residents can breeze through numerous environments in the course of a day, from rolling farmland to busy city streets to quiet suburbs. Though dairy farming rules the economy here, major companies, including Kellogg's and Mars, also call the area home.

Lancaster might be famous for its Amish and Mennonite population, but the town is also bustling with a mix of college students and non-religious families.

Population: 59,265

Average annual salary: 43,760

Quality of life: 7.7

Value: 6.7

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