Where better to live in Austin or Seattle

These are the 25 most livable cities in the United States

From TRAVELBOOK | February 15, 2017, 5:07 p.m.

The USA is the third largest country in the world in terms of area. But what is the best city to live in? That was determined by a US news magazine. TRAVELBOOK shows the top 25 of the ranking - but you won't find cities like New York City, Los Angeles or Miami in it ...

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New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago? No! The three largest metropolises in the USA do not appear in the 25 most livable cities in America. But places like Boise, Fayetteville or Madison have made it into the US News ranking.

The news magazine analyzed statistics from the 100 largest cities in the United States, including data on the labor market, cost of living, crime rates and health care. The result was then weighted on the basis of a survey of 2000 people who had to indicate which factors are particularly important when choosing a city.

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From this, "US News" has determined the ranking list with the most livable cities in the USA - there are also a few surprises.

This is the top 25 (euro figures rounded):

1. Austin, Texas

Inhabitants of the region: 1,889,094
Average price for an apartment: 246,000 euros
Average annual salary: 46,500 euros

Highest Score for Austin! The city is becoming increasingly popular, especially with technology companies, which is why Austin has a strong job market. This fits in with the fact that the population of the region is increasing constantly and strongly, explains "US News".

Population of the region: 2,703,972
Average price for an apartment: 283,000 euros
Average annual salary: 51,100 euros

In 2016, Denver landed in first place, this year in second place. More and more US citizens say that they would like to live in the city in the US state of Colorado. The job offer is also growing steadily.

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Population of the region: 1,925,706
Average price for an apartment: 779,400 euros
Average annual salary: 79,800 euros

The heart of Silicon Valley, so it's no wonder that the job market is booming here in the region. This of course also increases the attractiveness, also at the universities and high schools, which are very popular here. In addition, the average annual salary is 79,800 euros - the highest in the top 25 comparison.

4. Washington D.C.

Population of the region: 5,949,403
Average price for an apartment: 349,200 euros
Average annual salary: 61,900 euros

According to "US News", there are also plenty of job offers here, both in the public and in the private sector. Here, too, the average annual income is quite high.

5. Fayetteville, Arkansas

Population of the region: 493,095
Average price for an apartment: 171,400 euros
Average annual salary: 40,900 euros

According to US News, Fayetteville is the fastest growing region in Arkansas, thanks in part to immigration. The city also has the lowest unemployment rate of any 100 US cities evaluated.

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6. Seattle, Washington

Population of the region: 3,614,361
Average price for an apartment: 337,900 euros
Average annual salary: 55,500 euros

Mega companies like Amazon, Microsoft and Starbucks are located here, but the wet but mild weather also brings Seattle so far up in the ranking. However, it has a negative effect that employees need an average of 29 minutes to get to work, reports "US News".

7. Raleigh and Durham, North Carolina

Population of the region: 1,750,865
Average price for an apartment: 206,100 euros
Average annual salary: 48,000 euros

The region is best known for the three prestigious universities Duke University, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University. The good result in the ranking is due to the low cost of living and the constant growth of the region.

Population of the region: 4,694,565
Average price for an apartment: 301,900 euros
Average annual salary: 58,300 euros

According to "US News", the number of unemployed in the region is just 3.5 percent, plus the comparatively high average annual income and the strongest labor market of the 100 cities analyzed. Boston is also very attractive because it has the charm of a small town.

9. Des Moines, Iowa

Population of the region: 601,187
Average price for an apartment: 158,400 euros
Average annual salary: 44,300 euros

The city is the most affordable of all examined. According to "US News", the people here do not even use a quarter of their income for their accommodation.

10. Salt Lake City, Utah

Population of the region: 2,235,531
Average price for an apartment: 232,100 euros
Average annual salary: 42,000 euros

From 27th place in the previous year into the top ten: Salt Lake City scores mainly because of its great surroundings - the Rocky Mountains are not far. In addition, here, too, the residents only spend a small proportion of their income (26 percent) on their apartments or houses.

11. Colorado Springs, Colorado
Population of the region: 678,364
Average price for an apartment: 214,600 euros
Average annual salary: 44,700 euros

12. Boise, Idaho
Population of the region: 651,402
Average price for an apartment: 214,700 euros
Average annual salary: 36,600 euros

13. Nashville, Tennessee
Population of the region: 1,761,848
Average price for an apartment: 188,400 euros
Average annual salary: 42,000 euros

14. Charlotte, North Carolina
Population of the region: 2,338,792
Average price for an apartment: 178,000 euros
Average annual salary: 45,400 euros

15. Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
Population of the region: 6,833,420
Average price for an apartment: 197,400 euros
Average annual salary: 46,100 euros

16. San Francisco, California
Population of the region: 4,528,894
Average price for an apartment: 658,300 euros
Average annual salary: 62,800 euros

17. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Wisconsin
Population of the region: 3,458,790
Average price for an apartment: 210,400 euros
Average annual salary: 50,200 euros

18. Madison, Wisconsin
Population of the region: 627,618
Average price for an apartment: 206,100 euros
Average annual salary: 46,100 euros

19. Grand Rapids, Michigan
Population of the region: 1,017,877
Average price for an apartment: 145,800 euros
Average annual salary: 40,300

20. Houston, Texas
Population of the region: 6,346,653
Average price for an apartment: 185,600 euros
Average annual salary: 48,700 euros

21. Sarasota, Florida
Population of the region: 735,767
Average price for an apartment: 211,000 euros
Average annual salary: 38,100 euros

22. San Diego, California
Inhabitants of the region: 3,223,096
Average price for an apartment: 455,200 euros
Average annual salary: 50,900 euros

23. San Antonio, Texas
Population of the region: 2,286,702
Average price for an apartment: 167,600 euros
Average annual salary: 41,100 euros

24. Richmond, Virginia
Population of the region: 1,246,215
Average price for an apartment: 216,580 euros
Average annual salary: 45,000

25. Omaha, Nebraska
Area population: 895,919
Average price for an apartment: 143,200 euros
Average annual salary: 42,200 euros

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