Seattle ranks 9th in U.S. News and World Report’s best cities to live

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Look at that glorious city. Can you believe U.S. News and World Report thinks that's only worth ninth place? Oh well -- we don't need new people anymore. Click through to see the 2019 best U.S. cities, and then keep clicking to see our collection of why you shouldn't move to Seattle (right now, at least).

We got dinged pretty hard for “value”

Zosha Millman, 

April 15, 2019Updated: April 15, 2019 12:50 p.m.

1of80Look at that glorious city. Can you believe U.S. News and World Report thinks that’s only worth ninth place?

Oh well — we don’t need new people anymore. Click through to see the 2019 best U.S. cities, and then keep clicking to see our collection of why you shouldn’t move to Seattle (right now, at least).

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1. Austin, Texas Quality of life score:7.3  Overall score: 7.6 Value score: 6.7 >>Click through to find out where U.S. News & World Report ranked the 125 metro U.S. metro U.S. areas, including Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston ” >4of801. Austin, Texas

Quality of life score:7.3 

Overall score: 7.6

Value score: 6.7

“People are drawn to the Texas capital’s music, outdoor spaces and cultural institutions.”

>>>Click through to find out where U.S. News & World Report ranked the 125 metro U.S. metro U.S. areas, including Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston 

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2. Denver, Colorado Quality of life score: 7.0 Overall score: 7.4 Value score: 6.7 5of802. Denver, Colorado

Quality of life score: 7.0

Overall score: 7.4

Value score: 6.7

“Over time, its residents have evolved from gunslinging gamblers into an easygoing crowd of ambitious, progressive-minded fitness fanatics and nature lovers who are eager to push the envelope on everything from civil rights to drug laws.”

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3. Colorado Springs, Colorado  Quality of life score: 7.0  Overall score: 7.4 Value score: 6.6 7of803. Colorado Springs, Colorado 

Quality of life score: 7.0 

Overall score: 7.4

Value score: 6.6

“Colorado Springs attracts students, professionals and military personnel to the area with a cache of military bases and nationally ranked colleges.”

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4. Fayetteville, Arkansas Quality of life score: 7.5 Overall score: 7.3 Value score: 8.2 8of804. Fayetteville, Arkansas

Quality of life score: 7.5

Overall score: 7.3

Value score: 8.2

“People wave and smile at each other in the street, and community events are well-attended.”

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5. Des Moines, Iowa Quality of life score: 7.0 Overall score: 7.3 Value score: 8.4 10of805. Des Moines, Iowa

Quality of life score: 7.0

Overall score: 7.3

Value score: 8.4

“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.” 

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6. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota  Quality of life score: 7.1  Overall score: 7.3 Value score: 7.7 11of806. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota 

Quality of life score: 7.1 

Overall score: 7.3

Value score: 7.7

“Minneapolis and St. Paul not only have big-city amenities like museums and sports stadiums, but also have an approachable Midwestern feel.” 

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7. San Francisco, California Quality of life score: 6.8 Overall score: 7.3 Value score: 4.9 13of807. San Francisco, California

Quality of life score: 6.8

Overall score: 7.3

Value score: 4.9

“A beautiful region filled with iconic landmarks, independently owned businesses and trendsetting residents, San Francisco has long followed the beat of its own drum.” 

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8. Portland, Oregon Quality of life score: 6.7 Overall score: 7.2 Value score: 6.0 14of808. Portland, Oregon

Quality of life score: 6.7

Overall score: 7.2

Value score: 6.0

“Portland’s population toes the line between an innocent playfulness and a shameless wild side.” 

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10. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina Quality of life score: 6.9 Overall score: 7.2 Value score: 7.7 16of8010. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

Quality of life score: 6.9

Overall score: 7.2

Value score: 7.7

“Many people who call the Raleigh and Durham metro areas home are young, friendly, diverse and educated.”

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11. Huntsville, Alabama Quality of life score: 6.6 Overall score: 7.1 Value score: 8.8 17of8011. Huntsville, Alabama

Quality of life score: 6.6

Overall score: 7.1

Value score: 8.8

“Once a sleepy farming town, Huntsville gained national recognition during the Space Race of the 1960s and is now the fastest-growing metro area in Alabama.”

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12. Madison, Wisconsin Quality of life score: 7.1 Overall score: 7.5 Value score: 6.9 19of8012. Madison, Wisconsin

Quality of life score: 7.1

Overall score: 7.5

Value score: 6.9

“Against a backdrop of high-tech businesses and acclaimed academic institutions, Madison, Wisconsin, exudes the casual, down-to-earth feel you’d expect in the capital of America’s Dairyland.”

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13. Grand Rapids, Michigan Quality of life score: 7.6 Overall score: 7.1 Value score: 8.1 20of8013. Grand Rapids, Michigan

Quality of life score: 7.6

Overall score: 7.1

Value score: 8.1

“From the doctors and nurses working in the region’s booming health care industry, to the strong LGBT community that hosts the much-feted annual Grand Rapids Pride event, to the numerous artists and musicians, the region is home to people from all walks of life.”

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14. San Jose, California Quality of life score: 7.6 Overall score: 7.1 Value score: 5.4 22of8014. San Jose, California

Quality of life score: 7.6

Overall score: 7.1

Value score: 5.4

“While it has a distinct downtown, San Jose is a sprawling metro area that is as much defined by its suburban neighborhoods and large tech campuses as it is by the high-rises in its business district.”

 

15. Nashville, Tennessee Quality of life score:6.1 Overall score: 7.1 Value score: 7.1 23of8015. Nashville, Tennessee

Quality of life score:6.1

Overall score: 7.1

Value score: 7.1

“Ask people what they do and it’s likely they live in the area to help build something new like a health care information technology startup, an indie progressive rock band or a festival that celebrates all things tomatoes.”

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16. Ashville, North Carolina Quality of life score: 7.5 Overall score: 7.1 Value score: 6.4 25of8016. Ashville, North Carolina

Quality of life score: 7.5

Overall score: 7.1

Value score: 6.4

“The area boasts an outdoor-friendly culture that’s complemented by a hip downtown.”

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17. Boise, Idaho Quality of life score: 7.2 Overall score: 7.1 Value score: 7.1 26of8017. Boise, Idaho

Quality of life score: 7.2

Overall score: 7.1

Value score: 7.1

“If you value the outdoors and time spent among rivers, mountains, canyons, deserts and lakes – and all the activities encapsulated therein – it’s worth a serious look.”

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18. Sarasota, Florida Quality of life score:7.4 Overall score: 7.0 Value score: 5.7 28of8018. Sarasota, Florida

Quality of life score:7.4

Overall score: 7.0

Value score: 5.7

“Warm temperatures year-round, award-winning beaches and a thriving arts and cultural scene have made Sarasota a go-to place for retirees and families, not to mention a handful of celebrities.”

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20. Charlotte, North Carolina Quality of life score: 6.5 Overall score: 7.0 Value score: 7.5 29of8020. Charlotte, North Carolina

Quality of life score: 6.5

Overall score: 7.0

Value score: 7.5

“Charlotte is a region that’s equal parts old-fashioned southern charm and high-energy cosmopolitan bustle.”

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21. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas Quality of life score: 6.7 Overall score: 7.0 Value score: 7.1 31of8021. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas

Quality of life score: 6.7

Overall score: 7.0

Value score: 7.1

“Offering both big-city excitement and quiet, suburban living, the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area offers an interesting mix of Texas pride and cosmopolitan offerings.”

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22. Greenville, South Carolina Quality of life score: 6.8 Overall score: 7.0 Value score: 7.7 32of8022. Greenville, South Carolina

Quality of life score: 6.8

Overall score: 7.0

Value score: 7.7

“The former textile powerhouse now has an influx of manufacturing jobs to thank for its growth, with companies like GE and Michelin moving in and infusing the town with new energy.” 

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23. Portland, Maine Quality of life score: 7.6 Overall score: 7.0 Value score: 6.4 34of8023. Portland, Maine

Quality of life score: 7.6

Overall score: 7.0

Value score: 6.4

“Maine’s largest metro area and economic hub features cobblestone streets and ships sheltered within the island-specked waters of Casco Bay.”

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24. Salt Lake City, Utah Quality of life score:6.9 Overall score: 6.9 Value score: 7.4 35of8024. Salt Lake City, Utah

Quality of life score:6.9

Overall score: 6.9

Value score: 7.4

“Today, Salt Lake City offers much more than a strong religious community.”

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25. Melbourne, Florida   Quality of life score:7.4  Overall score: 6.9  Value score: 6.1 37of8025. Melbourne, Florida
 

Quality of life score:7.4 

Overall score: 6.9 

Value score: 6.1

“But it’s not all about outer space; the region has down-to-earth attractions too.” 

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26. Phoenix, Arizona Quality of life score: 6.4 Overall score: 6.9 Value score: 6.6 38of8026. Phoenix, Arizona

Quality of life score: 6.4

Overall score: 6.9

Value score: 6.6

“Nicknamed the “Valley of the Sun,” the Greater Phoenix area sees more sunshine than any other metro area in the country.”

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27. Boston, Massachusetts Quality of life score: 7.0 Overall score: 6.9 Value score: 5.7 40of8027. Boston, Massachusetts

Quality of life score: 7.0

Overall score: 6.9

Value score: 5.7

“Boston often feels like a small town with all the perks of city life.” 

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28. Albany, New York Quality of life score: 7.2 Overall score: 6.9 Value score: 7.1 41of8028. Albany, New York

Quality of life score: 7.2

Overall score: 6.9

Value score: 7.1

“Yet throughout years of administrative changes, Albany has maintained a lively downtown that serves as both a commercial and cultural center.”

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29. Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky Quality of life score: 6.9 Overall score: 6.9 Value score: 7.7 43of8029. Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky

Quality of life score: 6.9

Overall score: 6.9

Value score: 7.7

“Lexington blends influences from the South and Midwest to create a cultural identity all its own.”

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30. Houston, Texas Quality of life score: 6.5 Overall score: 6.8 Value score: 7.1 44of8030. Houston, Texas

Quality of life score: 6.5

Overall score: 6.8

Value score: 7.1

“In Houston, dining is a pastime, and the region pleases palates with more than 11,000 restaurants.” 

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Reports of our rain have not been exaggerated Don't listen to those people who say Seattle's beautiful this time of year -- we're soggy 10 months out of the year. That can't be worth the move.46of80

Reports of our rain have not been exaggerated

Don’t listen to those people who say Seattle’s beautiful this time of year — we’re soggy 10 months out of the year. That can’t be worth the move.

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You have to wear outfits entirely made out of Goretex Sorry, umbrellas are banned here. You're either wearing a three-piece waterproof outfit or you have to stay home on rainy days. And who wants that? No one; move somewhere else.47of80

You have to wear outfits entirely made out of Goretex

Sorry, umbrellas are banned here. You’re either wearing a three-piece waterproof outfit or you have to stay home on rainy days. And who wants that? No one; move somewhere else.

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Our home prices are crazy You may as well wait until the market cools off a little.49of80

Our home prices are crazy

You may as well wait until the market cools off a little.

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We have little bike infrastructure Maybe wait to move here until we have more bike arterials set up so you can pedal to work in style and safety?50of80We have little bike infrastructure

Maybe wait to move here until we have more bike arterials set up so you can pedal to work in style and safety?

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In fact all of our infrastructure needs an upgrade Our traffic is pretty bad...may as well not move here until we have it under control. 52of80In fact all of our infrastructure needs an upgrade

Our traffic is pretty bad…may as well not move here until we have it under control. 

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Your bus will probably be late It's just a Seattle traffic issue: Your bus is always late until you plan on it being late and then it was right on time. Surely there's a city that isn't cursed that you can move to? 53of80Your bus will probably be late

It’s just a Seattle traffic issue: Your bus is always late until you plan on it being late and then it was right on time. Surely there’s a city that isn’t cursed that you can move to? 

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You have to learn to hike Everyone here has some outdoor activity, whether or not we have the time or funds to really succeed at it. Maybe find a place where the mountains aren't so in reach when your heart is lonely.55of80

You have to learn to hike

Everyone here has some outdoor activity, whether or not we have the time or funds to really succeed at it. Maybe find a place where the mountains aren’t so in reach when your heart is lonely.

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Beer is expensive. And gas is expensive. And food is expensive. And taxes here are expensive. 56of80Beer is expensive.

And gas is expensive. And food is expensive. And taxes here are expensive. 

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Everything is under construction right now Why not wait to move to Washington when all this shiny new construction is done? 58of80Everything is under construction right now

Why not wait to move to Washington when all this shiny new construction is done? 

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“The Really Big One” hasn’t even hit yet

The earthquake that will “shatter a sizable portion of the West Coast” is, apparently, in the cards. It’s probably not worth relocating until it hits and the coast has rebuilt a little.

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SIFF is over Try moving next year, just before the festival -- or even the year after that!61of80

SIFF is over

Try moving next year, just before the festival — or even the year after that!

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You don't know how to talk to us We don't like to talk to new people, or people. If you try to engage us in conversation you'll get a whiff of the Seattle Freeze, probably. It may be easier to relocate somewhere you understand the conversational patterns.62of80You don’t know how to talk to us

We don’t like to talk to new people, or people. If you try to engage us in conversation you’ll get a whiff of the Seattle Freeze, probably. It may be easier to relocate somewhere you understand the conversational patterns.

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Our views are too gorgeous As of 2018 the view from Seattle and our natural splendor is just too good looking, and can be overwhelming to move to. Might be worth looking elsewhere, just for your own safety.64of80

Our views are too gorgeous

As of 2018 the view from Seattle and our natural splendor is just too good looking, and can be overwhelming to move to. Might be worth looking elsewhere, just for your own safety.

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We have no air conditioning The PNW is great this time of year -- except for when it gets really hot and none of our buildings have A.C. Might be worth slowing down plans to relocate here until the hot part of the year is over, at least. 65of80We have no air conditioning

The PNW is great this time of year — except for when it gets really hot and none of our buildings have A.C. Might be worth slowing down plans to relocate here until the hot part of the year is over, at least. 

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Our restaurants are expensive, and all have a wait What can we say? Our food is delicious and those local, organic ingredients cost money. You can get better bang for your buck elsewhere!67of80Our restaurants are expensive, and all have a wait

What can we say? Our food is delicious and those local, organic ingredients cost money. You can get better bang for your buck elsewhere!

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Our sports teams are rebuilding Yeah we know, it looks like the Mariners are doing okay this year but they always do this. So Mariners fans are waiting with bated breath, and Seahawks fans are facing down a few potentially rough seasons. May as well move here once there's something concrete to root for (especially since we're going to call you a fair-weather fan no matter what).68of80

Our sports teams are rebuilding

Yeah we know, it looks like the Mariners are doing okay this year but they always do this. So Mariners fans are waiting with bated breath, and Seahawks fans are facing down a few potentially rough seasons. May as well move here once there’s something concrete to root for (especially since we’re going to call you a fair-weather fan no matter what).

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There's kale in everything Salads, sandwiches, smoothies, spaghetti -- it's everywhere. You don't want that. 70of80There’s kale in everything

Salads, sandwiches, smoothies, spaghetti — it’s everywhere. You don’t want that. 

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We don't know what's going to happen with the head tax  It might tear Seattle in half, so why not wait until the dust has settled a bit?71of80

We don’t know what’s going to happen with the head tax 

It might tear Seattle in half, so why not wait until the dust has settled a bit?

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Right now we're a company town Prognosticators all over the country have declared it so, and what with the head tax and all, Seattle and Amazon relations have been a bit frosty as of late. It might be better to relocate over this direction once it's clearer which way that fight is going to go, at least. 73of80Right now we’re a company town

Prognosticators all over the country have declared it so, and what with the head tax and all, Seattle and Amazon relations have been a bit frosty as of late. It might be better to relocate over this direction once it’s clearer which way that fight is going to go, at least. 

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The Light Rail is still expanding Once it's open it'll be much nicer to live here, we promise.74of80

The Light Rail is still expanding

Once it’s open it’ll be much nicer to live here, we promise.

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You can't afford to gear up at REI just so you can fit in We're aggressively athleisure, maybe business casual. It's costly to overhaul a wardrobe! May as well go somewhere else.76of80

You can’t afford to gear up at REI just so you can fit in

We’re aggressively athleisure, maybe business casual. It’s costly to overhaul a wardrobe! May as well go somewhere else.

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We're not a fun artist enclave anymore It's all tech bros! And even if you're a tech bro, you don't want this. Play the odds elsewhere, buddy.77of80We’re not a fun artist enclave anymore

It’s all tech bros! And even if you’re a tech bro, you don’t want this. Play the odds elsewhere, buddy.

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No one's going to like you here until you're 79of80

No one’s going to like you here until you’re “a local” 

That transition period is long, and getting longer with each new person who invades our bubble. Maybe move somewhere else.

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Being within the top 10 of any sort of (positive) ranking is pretty good. Even ninth place isn’t so bad — though it doesn’t feel great to be trailing Portland.

According to U.S. News and World Report that’s where Seattle places in this year’s round up of the best places to live in the U.S.

After analyzing 125 metro areas in the country to find the best place to live based on metrics like quality of life, the job market, value of living there, and people’s desire to live there, Seattle clocked in at ninth, with an overall score of 7.2.

In terms of spread across the top 10, Seattle’s not that far behind the lead city — Austin with 7.6 — and even ties with No. 8, Portland for overall score.

RELATED: Seattle breaks April rainy day weather record

The deciding factor that separates it from our southern PNW neighbor is quality of life and value, where the difference was .1 worse for both in Seattle versus Portland.

Which should be a good reminder to folks eyeing the Pacific Northwest: Seattle is already dealing with a drastic influx of people, and it’s not exactly going well. Our infrastructure was already woefully not up to snuff, and that was back before the “period of maximum constraint” kicked off, promising years of struggling Seattle traffic.

RELATED: Seattleites spent almost 6 days stuck in traffic last year

Our residents are already being pushed farther and farther outside of the city in order to make ends meet, and while historically your dollar will go further the longer your commute is, living prices just keep going up pretty much anywhere you look.

So if something like the U.S. News and World report is making you feel like Seattle is the spot to relocate to, maybe also peruse our slideshow about what sort of reasons you should probably just pick somewhere else — like San Francisco or Portland, both higher rated than Seattle by U.S. News and World Report!

Or just hang tight until where you are until, you know, we’ve sorted out all the problems in our city and can start welcoming people with open arms, as opposed to the Seattle Freeze. (Don’t hold your breath.)