This is the Best Big City to Live in in the US (No, It's Not New York)

This is the Best Big City to Live in in the US (No, It's Not New York)

Brittney Morgan
Sep 8, 2017
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When you think of the ideal big city in the U.S., do you automatically think of New York? The Big Apple is a dream city for most people, but as it turns out, New York may not actually be the best big city to live in. At least, not according to a recent report from WalletHub.

The report compared the 62 largest U.S. cities based on 50 key indicators including housing costs, income growth, weekly work hours, restaurants and coffee shops per capita, walk and bike scores, crime rates, and more. The results? The overall best big U.S. city to live in is actually Virginia Beach, VA, with an overall score of 63.41 out of 100.

According to the report, Seattle comes in at second place with an overall score of 62.58. Pittsburgh, San Diego, and Colorado Springs round out the top five. So where does New York fall in the ranking? The City That Never Sleeps falls at number 11, with an overall score of 58.66.

At the bottom of the list, Detroit takes spot No. 62 with a score of 35.33, while Memphis, St. Louis, Baltimore, and Fresno take the rest of the bottom 5 spots.

The report also broke down results based on specific criteria—you can see some of the results below...

Housing Costs:

  • Highest: Miami, FL
  • Lowest: Wichita, KS

Homeownership Rate:

  • Highest: Virginia Beach, VA
  • Lowest: Miami, FL

Income Growth:

  • Highest: Washington, D.C.
  • Lowest: Detroit, MI

Average Weekly Work Hours:

  • Highest: Corpus Christi, TX
  • Lowest: Detroit, MI

Restaurants Per Capita:

  • Highest: New York, NY and Las Vegas, NV
  • Lowest: Indianapolis, IN

Crime Rate:

  • Highest: St. Louis, MO
  • Lowest: Virginia Beach, VA

Bike Score:

  • Highest: Minneapolis, MN
  • Lowest: Corpus Christi, TX

Walk Score:

  • Highest: New York, NY
  • Lowest: Charlotte, NC

Curious where your city falls? Check out the full list of scores on Wallethub.

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