These Are 2018's 10 Best U.S. Metro Areas to Live In

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It's that time of year again: U.S. News' rankings of 2018's best metro areas to live in in the U.S. have dropped. The news publisher looks at the 125 largest metropolitan areas in the country based on affordability, job prospects, and quality of life.

So how are the results gathered? Thousands of individuals around the U.S. are surveyed, and then other data is factored in as well. This data is gathered from the United States Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and U.S. News' rankings of the Best High Schools and Best Hospitals.

Did your hometown make the cut? Read on to find out. Or, if you're not from a metro area, check out this list of the top places to live in the U.S. including small towns, too.

10. Seattle, Washington

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7.2 overall score

6.2 quality of life

6.4 value

9. Minneapolis, Minnesota

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7.2 overall score

6.9 quality of life

7.9 value

8. Washington, D.C.

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7.2 overall score

6.4 quality of life

7.4 value

7. Huntsville, Alabama

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7.2 overall score

7 quality of life

8.8 value

6. Portland, Oregon

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7.3 overall score

6.5 quality of life

6.5 value

5. Fayetteville, Arkansas

7.3 overall score

7.5 quality of life

7.9 value

4. Des Moines, Iowa

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7.3 overall score

7 quality of life

8.5 value

3. Denver, Colorado

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7.5 overall score

6.7 quality of life

7.2 value

2. Colorado Springs, Colorado

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7.6 overall score

7.2 quality of life

7.2 value

1. Austin, Texas

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7.7 overall score

7.1 quality of life

7.1 value

For the second year in a row, Austin snags the top spot.

Carolin Lehmann is an Associate Editor at Hunker. She's a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism and has previously written for HuffPost, Seventeen magazine, and a variety of local news outlets. As a studio apartment dweller, she's always on the lookout for new ways to decorate a rental on a budget.

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