Best Cities for Quality of Life: Full Ranking

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The table below lists all 100 cities analyzed in NerdWallet’s study on the cities with the best quality of life.

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Methodology

The overall score for each city was calculated from the following measures:

  1. Mean weekly hours worked from the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey.
  2. Mean travel time to work from the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey.
  3. Median annual rent as percentage of median income from the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey.
  4. Percentage of population with health insurance coverage from the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey.
  5. Percentage of people with income below the poverty level from the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey.
  6. Unemployment rate of the metropolitan area from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

All six variables were weighted equally. The study analyzed the 100 largest U.S. cities.

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