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

Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota at night time
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7.2 overall score

6.9 quality of life

7.9 value

8. Washington, D.C.

Washington DC in Spring
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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

Portland, Maine Skyline
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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

Sunrise Reflections
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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

Downtown Colorado Springs in Summer
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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.