There's something about your hometown that establishes a certain level of pride in people. And in Florida, that's especially the case from coast to coast, whether you're a sand seeker, art aficionado, or foodie finder. Those living in Sarasota have something new to be proud of — standing in the top of the ranks among the best places to live in the United States out of 150 other locations from across the country!
The study conducted by U.S. News analyzed 4 different main metrics, each category having a variety of considerations that receive a weighted percentage toward each city's final score and overall rank.
The 4 main metrics included Quality of Life, making up 36% of each city's overall score, Value, Desirability, and Job Markets. Sub-metrics included, but were not limited to, crime rates, education quality, housing affordability, salaries, and unemployment rates.
While Green Bay, Wisconsin happened to steal the #1 spot in the entirety of the U.S., Sarasota wasn't far behind, nestling nicely into the #5 slot — also solidifying its spot as the #1 place to live in Florida with an overall score of 6.8. Sarasota's quality of life score sits comfortably at an even 7.0, with their Value score resting at 6.1.
Naples came in just behind Sarasota in the #6 slot. While their overall score tied with the Citrus City, Naples's Value score of 5.5 fell short of pushing it into the #1 best place to live in the Sunshine State.
But Naples and Sarasota weren't the only Florida metros to make the list. Melbourne, Jacksonville, Tampa, Pensacola, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tallahassee, Port St. Lucie, Ocala, and Fort Myers all made it into the top 100, with Lakeland coming in at 105 and Miami ranking #138th.
Not from Florida but hoping to have bragging rights? Checkout the full ranking list below to see if your city made the cut:
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Article by Rachael Volpe