Austin Mayor Steve Adler touted the ranking in a statement Tuesday, saying, “We celebrate what we’re doing right to be ranked first, recognizing it also highlights the accompanying affordability, equity and mobility challenges that our city faces.
“Inherent in that ranking is the strength to manage growth so we can preserve Austin’s special spirit,” Adler said.
The 2017 Best Places to Live list was put together after thousands of Americans were surveyed to find out what they value in a hometown. The methodology also factored in demographic data from the U.S. Census Bureau, crime stats from the FBI, and information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as previous U.S. News rankings of the high schools and hospitals.
“The metro areas that do well are the ones with strong job markets and high quality of life,” said Kim Castro, executive editor at U.S. News, in a statement.
Here are the top 10 cities:
- San Jose, California
- Washington, D.C.
- Fayetteville, Arkansas
- Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
- Des Moines, Iowa
- Salt Lake City
See the full city rankings from 1 to 100 by clicking here.