Naples, Florida, named best place to live, new report shows

June 18, 2024

Naples, Florida, ranked first in U.S. News and World Report’s (USN) 150 best places to live. The annual list compiled data from government and internal resources to help readers determine where to settle down.

USN evaluated four factors: quality of life (32%), value (27%), job market (22%) and desirability (17%), weighing them based on what respondents said they cared about most in a 2024 survey.

Quality of life considers crime rates, education quality, resident well-being, commute times, healthcare quality, air quality and natural hazard risks. The value index includes housing affordability and regional price differences.

Desirability was determined by migration trends, weather and density of restaurants and bars. The job market index looked at unemployment rates and median household incomes. Data, from sources including the U.S. Census Bureau, the FBI and the Department of Labor, was standardized and converted to a 0-10 scale.

Through these measures, USN determine the top 10 cities to live are:

RankCityOverall score
1.Naples, Florida7.1
2.Boise, Idaho7.0
3.Colorado Springs, Colorado7.0
4.Greenville, South Carolina6.9
5.Charlotte, North Carolina6.8
6.Raleigh, North Carolina6.8
7.Huntsville, Alabama6.8
8.Virginia Beach, Virginia6.8
9.Austin, Texas6.8
10.Boulder, Colorado6.7

Gracie Warhurst

Gracie Warhurst has joined Strategic Partnerships, Inc. as a writer and digital content creator for the new Government Market News portal. With a rich background in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin, Warhurst has experience as editor-in-chief of a literary magazine, assistant web editor, and project manager for an AI journalism project. She also contributed as a reporter during the development of SPI's news portal. Warhurst graduated summa cum laude in December 2023 with a Bachelor's in Journalism and a certificate in creative writing, making her a valuable asset to the SPI team.

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