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US News and World Report just ranked the Boston area as the 8th best place to live in the country. US News looked at the country’s largest 100 metro areas taking into account the area’s job market, cost of living, quality of life (crime rates, health care, education, well-being and commuting), desirability of living there and how many people are moving there (net migration)
Combining a mix of census data and surveys, these factors came together to form a score from 1-10. Boston received a score of 7.1.
We ranked highly in the job market category (8.9) and the desirability category (8.2). Quality of life and net migration came in at 6.7. The lowest category was in value (5.8).
The report notes that not only is metro Boston’s housing expensive (with a median home price of $321,436) but other necessities such as medical expenses and groceries are 15-28 percent higher than the national average.
Ahead of Boston are Austin, Denver, San Jose, D.C., Fayetteville, Seattle, Raleigh and Durham respectively.
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