Best place to live in the U.S.? Raleigh ranks 14th, study finds

RALEIGH- Raleigh ranks among the best places to live in the United States, according to a new analysis. And another North Carolina city ranks in the top 20: Asheville.

Both Cary and Durham ranked in the top 50, with Cary ranked 44th and Durham ranked 45th, according to this year’s ranking report from Livability.com’s “Best Places to Live in the United States”.

But Raleigh ranked 14th with a livability score of 647 (best Madison, Wisconsin scored 725, for comparison) due to the strength of the local economy, the education of the city and its demographics, according to the report.

Livability.com notes in the report that Raleigh is “remote ready,” with ample opportunity to access high-speed, high-quality fiber-optic internet access and workplaces, including in public spaces and places, and in coworking communities. . Raleigh and Durham each topped a list of the best cities to move to for remote work in late 2021.

Ashville earned an overall score of 640, with strong performance in the area’s amenities, education and health, according to the report. And, like Raleigh, the report notes that the mountain town is attractive to those who want to work remotely while accessing the area’s outdoor recreation activities outside of work hours.

While Madison remained in first place in last year’s report, Raleigh fell two spots in the rankings, dropping from 12th to 14th. And Asheville remained ranked 19th, as in the 2021 report.

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Cary and Durham land in the top 50

With livability scores of 622 and 621, Cary ranked 44th and Durham 45th in the report.

While both cities rank highly for local economies, Cary ranks much higher than Durham for two categories, civic and infrastructure.

But Durham ranks higher than Cary in categories that measure demographics and amenities, according to the report.

And Durham has fallen a bit from where the city ranked last year, when it was 25th.

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Best place to experience omissions, rank changes

Charlotte does not appear ranked in the top 100 best places to live, out of more than 2,300 cities that the report said were analyzed in the eight categories measured.

But that’s an omission perhaps made by choice, as the report notes that it focused on mid-sized cities for this year’s report, noting that they only sought to rank cities in 500,000 inhabitants or less.

And this year’s report updated the methodology used to rank cities for the list, the report points out.

Earlier this year, the Triangle ranked as the 6th best place to live in the United States, although the same report in 2021 ranked the region 2nd overall.

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