As of 2014, the cities selected as the 10 best to live in are in Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, Michigan, California, Illinois, Washington and Massachusetts, reports MarketWatch. Each state is represented by one city, except for California, which is represented by three: Mountain View, Pleasanton and Irvine.
The study determining the best U.S. cities to live in compared 550 cities on seven weighted factors relevant to everyday life, including housing, education, infrastructure and crime, explains MarketWatch. The cities considered were those that had over 65,000 residents in 2012, according to the Census Bureau. All cities were compared on specific points within each category; for example, the cost of living and the median household income, among others, were considered in assessing a city’s economy. Each city was given a rank from 0 to 100 based on the weighted rankings of all seven factors, and the factors were divided into two groups. Environment, infrastructure and leisure received half the weight of the other four factors, which were crime, housing, economy and education.
The highest-rated city is Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston; it performs well on all measures and tops the list of median incomes of large cities at an income level of $125,000. Its population is highly educated, with over 75 percent of those older than 24 holding a bachelor’s degree, and the area offers excellent schools. In the period from 2011 to 2013, the city’s unemployment held below 5 percent, MarketWatch notes.