The secret has long been out on Austin, Texas. Around 50 people move there every day, drawn to the city’s music scene, good weather, and youthful vibe—and moderately priced homes and low unemployment rate.
U.S. News & World Report ranked the 100 best places to live in 2017. The Texas capital earned the top spot, followed by Denver, San Jose, Washington D.C., and Fayetteville, Ark.
The list was based on each city’s job market, crime rate, cost of living, educational quality, commute times, and other factors.
Des Moines, Iowa, was ranked ninth and score high in terms of value.
The cost of living in Des Moines is lower than the national average. Housing prices in Des Moines proper are well below what the average American pays. Downtown, housing costs tend to be especially reasonable. But venture out to suburban areas like West Des Moines, Ankeny and Urbandale, and home prices increase.