24/7 Wall St. has ranked the country’s 50 best cities to live in an analysis released today. Staffers reviewed data on the 550 U.S. cities with populations of 65,000 or more as measured by the U.S. Census Bureau. The results are based on a range of variables, including crime rates, employment growth, access to restaurants and attractions, educational attainment, and housing affordability.
The top spot goes to Meridian, Idaho, located just outside the state’s capital, Boise. Here's why: "The city is safe, and jobs have attracted growing numbers of new residents. Only 80 violent crimes were reported per 100,000 in Meridian last year, a fraction of the national violent crime rate of 366 violent crimes per 100,000 Americans. The annual unemployment rate in the city is also quite low. At just 4.1%, it is lower than the state’s jobless rate of 4.8% and well below the national jobless rate of 6.2%."
Rounding out the top five were Danbury, Conn., Johns Creek, Ga., Centennial, Colo., and Eagan, Minn. To view the full report, click below.