Widely recognized as a leading media company that publishes school rankings, consumer advice, and data analysis of city and demographic statistics, U.S. News & World Report just recently put together its list of the ‘100 Best Places to Live in the USA,’ which mainly caught our eye due to Tampa placing in this year’s Top 50.
Noted for its “laid-back beach lifestyle” while also providing locals with all the amenities and cultural attractions of a large metropolitan area, Tampa was ranked as the 35th Best Place to Live in 2017, registering an overall score of 6.6 out of 10.
According to U.S. News & World Report’s methodology, rankings are determined through the evaluation of six primary categories, which include the following: Job Market Index, Value Index (affordability), Quality of Life Index, Desirability Index, and Net Migration.
In Tampa’s evaluation specifically, Desirability and Net Migration were easily the two categories that scored the highest, logging an 8.8 and 8.0 respectively. The cost of living in the Tampa Bay area is also slightly lower than the national average, so affordability also played a key role in the this year's high ranking.
As for the cities that were listed near the top of the list in 2017, Austin (TX), Denver (CO), San Jose (CA), Washington DC, Fayetteville (AR), Seattle (WA), Raleigh/Durham (NC), Boston (MA), Des Moines (IA), and Salt Lake City (UT) rounded out the Top 10.