Of all the cities in America, Boise is among the best places to live, according to a U.S. News & World Report study released Tuesday.
For its 2019 ranking, the magazine evaluated 125 metropolitan areas and, of those, Boise placed at No. 17, a jump from last year’s No. 23 spot.
“Top-ranked places have the characteristics people are looking for, including steady job growth, affordability and a high quality of life,” said Devon Thorsby, real estate editor for U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Places to Live edition.
This year, Boise had an overall score of 7.1 on the U.S. News Index’s 10-point scale. The City of Trees received 6.2 for desirability, 7.1 for value, 6.9 for job market, 7.1 for quality of life and 8.2 for net migration.
The magazine lauds the city’s affordability “as one of its most attractive qualities, particularly when it comes to housing costs.”
Compared with other metro areas in the Northwest, such as Portland and Seattle, “Boise shines in terms of value for your housing dollar.”
And the area “is a recreationalist’s paradise,” the magazine said.
Boise’s residents “may spend their days enjoying nature, but they fill their evenings dining on locally sourced cuisine, enjoying an opera performance and sipping delicious cocktails,” U.S. News states.
The magazine also ranked the city No. 66 among the best places to retire.
Overall, Austin, Texas comes in at No. 1 best place to live for the third straight year, with Denver (No. 2) and Colorado Springs (No. 3) next on the roster. Fayetteville, Arkansas, moves up one spot to No. 4, and Des Moines, Iowa, rounds out the top five.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, finished last, as it did in 2018. The island capital fared slightly worse than two California cities, Bakersfield and Stockton.
The 2019 Best Places to Live were determined in part using a public survey of thousands of individuals throughout the U.S. to find out what qualities they consider important in a hometown, the publication said.
The methodology also factors in data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as U.S. News & World Report rankings of the Best High Schools and Best Hospitals.
U.S. News & World Report 25 best places to live in America:
- Austin, Texas
- Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Fayetteville, Ark.
- Des Moines, Iowa
- Minneapolis-St. Paul
- San Francisco
- Portland, Ore.
- Raleigh/Durham, N.C.
- Huntsville, Ala.
- Madison, Wis.
- Grand Rapids, Mich.
- San Jose, Calif.
- Nashville, Tenn.
- Asheville, N.C.
- Boise, Idaho
- Sarasota, Fla.
- Washington, D.C.
- Charlotte, N.C.
- Dallas/Fort Worth
- Greenville, S.C.
- Portland, Maine
- Salt Lake City
- Melbourne, Fla.