U.S. News & World Report has officially unveiled their annual “Best Places to Live” rankings for 2017, and the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area placed 15th overall.
According to their release, U.S. News analyzed 100 metro areas in the country based on a variety of factors, including quality of life, job growth, cost of living, net migration, and a number of other elements that all help combine to determine general desirability, affordability, and an overall score for each city.
The three categories in which DFW scored particularly well on include value, job market, and net migration, which isn’t terribly surprising. As we’ve routinely pointed out over the last 12 months, the job market around much of North Texas is expanding at a record-setting pace, leading to more people moving to the area and a housing market that’s also continuing to grow.
Despite home prices sharply increasing over the past several years, though, DFW is still relatively affordable compared to most major cities on either coast.
As for its final score, Dallas-Fort Worth was given a 7.1 out of 10, ranking just ahead of San Francisco, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Madison, Wisconsin. Another Texas city placed 1st overall, Austin, while Denver San Jose, Washington D.C., and Fayetteville, Arkansas rounded out the top five. For the complete list, check out U.S. News rankings here.