Way to go, Florida!
Out of 125 cities across the United States, the Sunshine State nabbed 11 of the best places to live in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report.
The highest ranking Florida city on the annual list is Melbourne, coming in at 29th; Port St. Lucie came in at No. 79.
Other Florida cities include Sarasota (34); Fort Myers (41); Jacksonville (44); Pensacola (53); Lakeland (71); Tampa (75); Orlando (78); Daytona Beach (94); and Miami (110).
In February, the National Council on Home Safety and Security ranked Port St. Lucie the 12th safest city in Florida. Also in February, U.S. News ranked Florida 15th in its annual best states list.
The top 10 best places live, according to U.S. News:
- Colorado Springs, Colorado
- Des Moines
- Fayetteville, Arkansas
- Portland, Oregon
- Huntsville, Alabama
- Washington, D.C.
- Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
U.S. News analyzed the 125 most populous metro areas to find the best places to live. To make the top of the list, a place had to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life.
The metro areas are evaluated using data from sources such as the U.S. Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Labor and U.S. News’ internal resources.
That data was was categorized into five indexes — job market, value, quality of life, desirability and net migration — and then evaluated using a methodology determined by Americans’ preferences. The percent weighting for each index follows the answers from a public survey in which Americans voted for what they believed was the most important thing to consider when thinking about moving.