Washington, D.C. – U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, today unveiled the 2021-2022 Best Places to Live in the United States. With the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic causing many Americans to re-evaluate where to settle down, the new list ranks the country’s 150 most populous metropolitan areas based on affordability, job prospects and desirability.

For the second consecutive year, Boulder, CO ranks No. 1, due to high quality of life, job market and desirability scores. Raleigh & Durham, NC jumped nine spots to take No. 2 and Huntsville, AL catapulted 12 spots to No. 3. Fayetteville, AR rose four spots to No. 4, and Austin, TX fell two spots to No. 5.

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