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Triangle tabbed as 7th best place to live in national ranking

Posted February 7, 2017 8:20 a.m. EST
Updated June 12, 2017 3:08 p.m. EDT

Some roofs in downtown Raleigh were still covered with snow a week after a dusting fell in early January 2014.

— The Triangle is the seventh best place to live in the United States.

In the U.S. News and World Report's ranking of the 100 most populous metro areas, the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill metro area beat out other cities, like Boston, Colorado Springs and Nashville, Tennessee to claim the seventh slot. The central North Carolina metro also ranked seven spots higher than Charlotte, which came in 14th.

The media company assessed each metro area's job market, quality of life and net migration, among other factors, to determine the ranking.

Bountiful green spaces, an educated, diverse workforce, and a smattering of craft breweries were all noted in the highlights of Triangle living. Those, along with a low unemployment rate and growing housing market, gave a bump to the rank.

Top 10 Best Places to Live:

1. Austin, Texas

2. Denver, Colorado

3. San Jose, California

4. Washington, D.C.

5. Fayetteville, Arkansas

6. Seattle, Washington

7. Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina

8. Boston, Massachusetts

9. Des Moines, Iowa

10. Salt Lake City, Utah