The 10 Best Places To Live In The USA For 2018

September 7, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs

The United States is one of the most powerful
countries in the world in terms of politics, economics and trade. To determine the Best Places to Live rankings,
US News looks at data on the country’s 125 largest metro areas, including the cost of
living, job market, crime rates, quality of education and more. Here are the 10 Best Places to Live in the
US in 2018: 1. Austin, Texas. Named the Live Music Capital of the World,
Austin has a plethora of music venues and local bands to entertain endless crowds. However, it’s difficult to make a living in
music in Austin. Austin is one of the fastest-growing metro
areas in the country. That may be great news for the local economy,
but a tough pill to swallow for people shopping for a home. Summers in Austin take some getting used to,
with temperatures often scorching. Austin is among the nation’s worst metro areas
for traffic congestion. Its traffic problem can be addressed with
flexible work schedules, due diligence when choosing a neighborhood. Residents like to escape the urban bustle
with a hike, bicycle ride, jog, kayak or canoe ride in one of more than 250 parks. 2. Colorado Springs, Colorado. Colorado Springs has much to offer, including
a low cost of living, a low unemployment rate and a variety of recreation
and entertainment options. The overall cost of living in Colorado Springs
is slightly more expensive compared with the national average, but residents spend slightly
less than the average American for groceries, utilities and transportation. Colorado Springs’ scenic mountain landscape
lends itself well to outdoor activities. Hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails
criss-cross the region’s urban and open spaces, while stunning geological features like Garden
of the Gods and Seven Falls are tucked between residential areas of town. Meanwhile, the views from Pikes Peak are well
worth the drive up the mountain. 3. Denver, Colorado. Denver’s location at the base of the Rocky
Mountains provides a gateway to a slew of outdoor pursuits, although it is probably
best known for its devout ski and snowboard enthusiasts. It offers more than 5,000 acres of parks,
trails, golf courses and playgrounds. The cost of living has dramatically increased,
with housing costs seeing one of the biggest hikes. Although the weather in Denver is generally
sunny and dry, it can be subject to quick bursts of rain, snow,
hail and lightning thanks to its geographical relation to the foothills of the mountains. In fact, many of Denver’s most prominent neighborhoods
are built around and named after such beloved green spaces like Washington Park, City Park,
Cheesman Park and Sloan’s Lake. 4. Des Moines, Iowa. The capital of this so-called flyover state
may not top your to-visit list, but Des Moines is a great place to live and raise a family. Elegant colonial and Tudor-style homes built
in the early 1900s hide in quiet neighborhoods minutes from buzzy downtown,
where lofts and condos draw the millennial crowd. Many families with kids flock to the suburbs
where new housing developments continually pop up. The cost of living in Des Moines is lower
than the national average. Housing prices in Des Moines proper are well
below the national median. In the winter, expect a handful of snow days
and low temps. August is often hot and humid, while fall
is typically cool and pleasant. Cultural events and festivals draw all ages
to the downtown area. And plenty of bike trails and parks provide
opportunities for outdoor recreation. 5. Fayetteville, Arkansas. Nestled in northwest Arkansas’s Ozark Mountains,
Fayetteville is a combination of thriving business community, college town, and outdoors
haven. Town culture and the local economy are deeply
entwined with the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville’s top employer. Other job opportunities help keep unemployment
at an ultralow 2.7%. Seven months out of the year, residents can
pick up fresh produce at the Fayetteville Farmers’ Market, located at the town square
and open three days a week in season The city of Fayetteville has 36 parks and
16 natural areas. Altogether, these spaces cover more than 4,200
acres and feature 79 miles of trails, three lakes, a swimming pool, a skate park and much
more. Although residents experience all four seasons,
the overall mild climate in Fayetteville means that any snow that falls usually doesn’t last
more than a few days. 6. Portland, Oregon. Portland is the largest city in Oregon. The city is well known for being green, liberal
and creative, housing big business and living life in the outdoors among the parks and forests. Besides a generous supply of playgrounds,
trails and skate parks, many free or inexpensive activities are available in Portland. Hiking, water sports and running events are
all readily available within the region. In the winter, snow sports can be found 60
miles away at Mount Hood. Family-friendly activities abound, from animal
viewing at the zoo to hiking in local parks to taking in performances by one of several
children’s theater companies. Portland has four distinct seasons. Summer days are sunny and dry, and winter
temperatures don’t often fall below freezing. 7. Huntsville, Alabama. Huntsville residents pride themselves on being
a nerdy bunch. The metro area has the most educated population
in the state, and a large portion of the population works
in engineering thanks to the large presence of NASA and the US Army’s Redstone Arsenal. Huntsville is hot and humid in the spring
and summer, Winter brings respite from the heat and extreme weather. Living in Huntsville puts you near cultural
attractions like the EarlyWorks Children’s Museum, a botanical garden, and Huntsville
Museum of Art. Approximately 60 parks, which cover more than
3,000 acres, provide residents with a range of spaces for soccer games, flying kites,
morning jogs and sunny strolls. The downtown area hosts outdoor concerts,
movies and food truck rallies almost every weekend. 8. Mercer Island, Washington. Just over five miles long and two miles wide,
the Mercer Island community is known for its affluent residential areas, preserved parks
and nature, and miles of scenic shoreline. Located between Seattle and Bellevue on the
southern portion of Lake Washington — and connected to the mainland on either side by
floating bridges carrying Interstate 90 — the island has a commercial hub and popular
gathering spot in its town center, where islanders can enjoy events like the Mercer Island Farmers
Market or Summer Celebration. 9. Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minneapolis and St. Paul not only have big-city
amenities like museums and sports stadiums, but also have an approachable Midwestern feel. Separated by the Mississippi River, the Twin
Cities are considered one metropolitan area but actually include two unique cities,
featuring downtown cosmopolitan cores surrounded by distinctive neighborhoods and suburban
communities. The geographic location and climate in The
Land of 10,000 Lakes play an important role in the culture of the area, with residents
taking advantage of the changing seasons. Winters in the area can be brutally cold,
so the cities created a series of climate-controlled skyways in downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul
to allow people to walk around without facing the winter chill. Spring and summer bring more comfortable conditions
for outdoor activities. 10. Seattle, Washington. The natural beauty of Seattle – it’s surrounded
by both mountains and water on two sides – is one of the biggest draws for residents. The scenery and proximity to nature, perhaps,
contribute to Seattle’s inherent attitude: one of calm and patience. Less than an hour from downtown, residents
escape for the day or weekend to wineries, ski resorts, hiking trails and sprawling parks. There are not as many families with kids in
Seattle as there are in other places. Families who do live here tend to live farther
from the city center, but can take advantage of the public schools, which are highly ranked
at a national level.