U.S. News & World Report is widely recognized as being a leading media outlet for consumer advice, rankings, and analysis, which is why its annual list of Best Places to Live in the United State is so highly anticipated.
Earliest this month, the 2017 rankings were released, and although the Minneapolis-St. Paul area wasn’t quite as high up on the list as some might assume, it still scored high enough to just squeak inside the top 20, ahead of Madison, Grand Rapids, and Houston.
According to their findings, Minneapolis-St. Paul, which ranked No. 17 overall, was specially recognized as being a top place to call home in 2017 for both its big city amenities and its charming Midwestern feel, which truly provides potential home buyers the best of both worlds. The rapidly expanding dining scene is a lifestyle feature that’s also noteworthy, as the 17-block area known as “Eat Street” now features over 50 restaurants, cafes, and dining options. And with Minnesota also nicknamed “The Land of 10,000 Lakes,” it’s also a fabulous place to live for anyone who loves to get outside and enjoy all sorts of outdoor recreation, from boating and swimming in the summer to ice fishing and cross country skiing in the winter.
To come up with its annual list of the “100 Best Places to Live” in the country, U.S. News & World Report analyzes five individual categories that include desirability, value and affordability, the local job market, quality of life, and net migration. Minneapolis-St. Paul scored exceptionally well in the value and job market categories, and had an overall score of 7.0 out to 10.0.