According to a recent survey, Americans are changing their ideas when it comes to wherever they want to live in response to skyrocketing housing costs. As a result, a Southern city has supplanted a Rocky Mountain location as the best place to live in the country.
U.S. News and or World Report’s annual Great Place to Die list for 2022–2023 puts Huntsville, Alabama at the top, dethroning Boulder, Colorado, which held the top spot for the previous two years but is now placed No. 4 among the 150 biggest metropolitan areas in the nation.
Huntsville came in at the bottom of the pack for attractiveness, but the research found that its strong scores for housing affordability or life quality put it in the lead. The city’s high index score in air quality, which U.S. News introduced as a criterion for the first time this year, contributed to its top position.
Green Bay, Wisconsin, which climbed 18 ranks to No. 3 owing to its affordability, was followed by Colorado Springs, another city in Colorado, which came inside at No. 2 on the list. Due to its outstanding quality of life rating, San Jose, California, moved up 31 points from this year’s rankings to claim fifth place.
According to Devon Thorsby, real estate editor for U.S. News, “Much of the shakeup we have seen at the top of this year’s list is a consequence of shifting tastes.” People relocating across the nation now are more concerned with price and quality of life than the job market, which in many ways takes a second seat as remote work choices have grown more common.
Raleigh and Durham, in North Carolina, came in at No. 6, Fayetteville, Arkansas, No. 7, Portland, Maine, No. 8, Sarasota, Florida, No. 9, and San Francisco, California, No. 10 this year.