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11 best places to live in the U.S.

These are the 11 best places to live in the United States, based on a report by U.S. News & World Report.

#11 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

Colorado Springs has much to offer, including a low cost of living, a low unemployment rate and a variety of recreation and entertainment options.

Overall Score: 7.1

Quality of Life: 6.6

Value: 7.2

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#10 SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Today, Salt Lake City offers much more than a strong religious community.

Overall Score: 7.1

Quality of Life: 6.9

Value: 7.7

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#9 DES MOINES, IA

The capital of this so-called flyover state may not top your to-visit list, but Des Moines is a great place to live and raise a family.

Overall Score: 7.1

Quality of Life: 6.8

Value: 8.5

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#8 BOSTON, MA

Boston is a region of dualism, often feeling like a small town with all the perks of city life.

Overall Score: 7.1

Quality of Life: 6.7

Value: 5.8

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#7 RALEIGH & DURHAM, NC

Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill are known for their research/technology roots and collegiate rivalries.

Overall Score: 7.2

Quality of Life: 6.9

Value: 7.7

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#6 SEATTLE, WA

To answer the question on many people's mind: "No, it doesn't rain all the time." Seattle gets less rain annually than Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Miami and many other major metro areas.

Overall Score: 7.2

Quality of Life: 6.2

Value: 6.3

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#5 FAYETTEVILLE, AR

Located in a region that's experiencing drastic growth, Fayetteville – together with Bentonville, Rogers and Springdale – has transformed from a small town to a center of higher education, culture, commerce and entrepreneurialism.

Overall Score: 7.3

Quality of Life: 7.4

Value: 7.9

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#4 WASHINGTON, DC

In general, Washington, D.C., and its surrounding communities are clean, and there are plenty of public parks.

Overall Score: 7.3

Quality of Life: 6.6

Value: 7.4

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#3 SAN JOSE, CA

Nicknamed the capital of Silicon Valley, San Jose is a diverse area with an innovative spirit.

Overall Score: 7.4

Quality of Life: 7.7 

Value: 6.1

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#2 DENVER, CO

Founded in the mid-1800s as a mining hub during the gold rush, Denver has come a long way since its Wild West days.

Overall Score: 7.5 

Quality of Life: 6.8 

Value: 7.2

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#1 AUSTIN, TX

About 50 people move to Austin every day, drawn to the Texas capital's music, outdoor spaces and cultural institutions.

Overall Score: 7.8 

Quality of Life: 7.3 

Value: 7.3 

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