10 Best Big US Cities to Call Home

The West Coast looks good
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 23, 2018 9:10 AM CDT
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Seattle comes in at No. 1.   (Getty Images/Stephen Wood)

(Newser) – Thinking of setting down roots and only a major metropolis will do? WalletHub took a close look at the 62 biggest cities in the US (those with at least 300,000 people) to see which ones offer the most attractive options, pitting the pros against the cons of urban living. The site looked at five major categories—quality of life, safety, education and health, the local economy, and affordability in each city, including housing prices, property taxes, and median annual household income—and placed Seattle at the top of its ranking. Last on the list: Detroit. Here, the top 10:

  1. Seattle (No. 1 in "Economy," "Education and Health" categories)
  2. Virginia Beach, Va.
  3. Austin, Texas
  4. San Francisco
  5. San Diego
  6. Honolulu
  7. Portland, Ore.
  8. San Jose, Calif.
  9. Colorado Springs, Colo.
  10. New York (No. 1 in "Quality of Life," "Safety" categories)
Check out how other cities rank here. (Want to go more global? The best cities in the world to live in.)

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