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Top 11 most desirable places to live in the U.S.

If you could live anywhere in the U.S., here are some of the most desirable destinations. (Based on U.S. News and World Report)

#11 DAYTONA BEACH, FL

On the east coast of Florida, Daytona Beach regularly draws visitors seeking warm weather, ample beaches and the Daytona International Speedway.

Overall Rank in 2017: 82

Metro Population: 604,502

Median Home Price: $164,069

Median Annual Salary: $36,980

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#10 ORLANDO, FL

The highest-ranking Florida metro area of six on this list, Orlando isn't located on the coast but still draws many permanent residents and tourists.

Overall Rank in 2017: 40

Metro Population: 2,227,816

Median Home Price: $187,948

Median Annual Salary: $41,460

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#9 CHARLESTON, SC

With a warm climate and prime location on the South Carolina coast, Charleston is a dream destination for many U.S. residents.

Overall Rank in 2017: 27

Metro Population: 712,232

Median Home Price: $222,979

Median Annual Salary: $43,560

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#8 SAN FRANCISCO, CA

A major West Coast tourist spot and one of the most priciest places to live in the country, San Francisco is a top destination for many U.S. residents.

Overall Rank in 2017: 16

Metro Population: 4,528,894

Median Home Price: $700,875

Median Annual Salary: $66,900

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# 7 NEW YORK CITY, NY

Moving up from No. 11 last year, the largest metro area in the U.S. takes the No. 7 spot on this year's Most Desirable Places to Live list.

Overall Rank in 2017: 80

Metro Population: 20,919,933

Median Home Price: $384,202

Median Annual Salary: $60,108

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#6 AUSTIN, TX

Many people are acting on their wish to move to Austin to enjoy its rapidly expanding job market, warm climate and unique cultural vibe.

Overall Rank in 2017: 1

Metro Population: 1,889,094

Median Home Price: $262,182

Median Annual Salary: $49,560

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#5 SEATTLE, WA

Flipping the switch on sunny cities, Seattle takes the No. 5 spot despite its reputation for overcast weather.

Overall Rank in 2017: 6

Metro Population: 3,614,361

Median Home Price: $359,693

Median Annual Salary: $59,060

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#4 SAN DIEGO, CA

Yet another high-ranking warm-weather retreat, San Diego comes in at No. 4 for its sandy beaches, sunny weather and renowned attractions such as the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park.

Overall Rank in 2017: 22

Metro Population: 3,223,096

Median Home Price: $484,625

Median Annual Salary: $54,210

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#3 DENVER, CO

The Mile High City is a top destination for millennials in particular, who are attracted to Denver's flourishing job market as well as its proximity to the Rocky Mountains, where countless outdoor opportunities are just a short drive away.

Overall Rank in 2017: 2

Metro Population: 2,703,972

Median Home Price: $301,300

Median Annual Salary: $54,450

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#2 COLORADO SPRINGS, CO

Located south of Denver and about four times smaller, Colorado Springs edges out its neighbor for the No. 2 spot on the Most Desirable Places to Live list.

Overall Rank in 2017: 11

Metro Population: 678,364

Median Home Price: $228,431

Median Annual Salary: $47,600

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#1 HONOLULU, HI

With the number if coastal cities and warm-weather spots on the list, it's no surprise Honolulu takes the No. 1 spot - for the second year in a row.

Overall Rank in 2017: 46

Metro Population: 984,178

Median Home Price: $511,600

Median Annual Salary: $49,320

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