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Austin, Texas topped the list of the best places to live in America in 2019, according to U.S. News & World Report's annual analysis.
It's the second year in a row that Austin ranked first on the list of 125 Best Places to Live in the U.S.A.
City - Music - Culture - Scene - Metro
The city offers a lively music and culture scene, but it's also one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country. It has a young population; the median age is 34.2, and a low 2.9 percent unemployment rate.
Austin's average annual salary is $51,840, and the median monthly rent is $1,155. Locals spend an average of 26.8 minutes commuting to work.
Job - Market - Reputation - Fun - Place
'Austin offers the strong job market, (a) reputation as a fun place to live and relative affordability that many people are looking for in a place to live,' Devon Thorsby, Real Estate Editor at U.S. News & World Report, told DailyMail.com.
'Austin’s population continues to grow rapidly, which has increased the cost of living in the metro area over the last few years,' Thorsby added. 'Still, many people moving to the Austin metro area are coming from the coasts, and are used to higher home prices and higher rents.'
Researchers - US - News - World - Report
Researchers at U.S. News & World Report use U.S. Census and Department of Labor data to compile the list each year based on factors like the strength of the job market, quality of life and the cost of housing.
Based on those criteria – which include analysis of local crime rates, quality of education and health care – Denver, Colorado ranked second on the list.
Denver - Population - People - Age
Denver has a population of 2.8 million people and a median age of 36.3.
Its low unemployment rate of 3 percent helped place it on the list, though the median home price is a high $393,842. Locals spend an average of 27.5 minutes commuting to work,...
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