Texas is home to the No. 1 best place to live in the country – and it isn’t Dallas

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Austin, Texas once again tops the list of U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of the best places to live in the United States.

2019 is the third consecutive year in which the Texas capital has taken the top spot in the definitive ranking of places to live.

The ranking of 250 of the largest metro areas in the country takes into account several of the most important factors that go into choosing that perfect place to settle down or take the next job like quality of life, housing affordability, general desirability and job market strength.

Quality of life was the biggest factor measured in the ranking accounting for things like quality of available health care, crime rates, commute times and residents’ overall physical, social and financial well-being.

The city set in the middle of scenic Texas hill country has become the center of attention for both tech companies and the music industry, ranking it particularly high in terms of how many people are moving to the city as well as its all-around desirability.

When it comes to cost of living, the report has a more nuanced analysis. The lack of personal and corporate income taxes as well as low state and local taxes in Austin have to be weighed against the city’s above median home prices. Still, the report concludes that Austin offers a better value then similarly sized metro areas.

With a few exceptions, most of U.S. News and World Report’s best places to live in 2019 are cities in the middle of the country. Colorado Springs, Des Moines and Fayetteville took top spots while Dallas barely cracked the ranking’s top 20 cities coming in 18th place.

While Dallas also offers a better value to homebuyers than similarly sized cities and has been appealing to young professionals and families in recent years, it didn’t rank as high on overall desirability. Dallas was also dinged for the inefficiency of its public transportation when compared with average commute times nationally.

Along with Forbes, U.S. News and World Report’s ranking system has been highly regarded especially when it comes to ranking academic institutions.

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