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These Are the 7 Best Places to Live in the United States for 2017

For so many of us, relocating to a new city is a daunting experience. From finding new neighborhood favorites to maintaining sociability, moving has the power to leave you mentally, emotionally and physically exhausted. But as you know the saying, “life begins at the end of your comfort zone” and it’s true in more ways than one.

The U.S. is a beautiful nation, full of vibrant cities that stand out on their own influence to attract visitors from around the world. But which of these is actually the best livable location for you and your family?

U.S. News & World Report released its list of the “Best Places to Live in America for 2017” after ranking the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas. According to the report, these metro areas are evaluated by looking at five categories: desirability, value, job markets, quality of life and net migration.

Whether you plan on moving this year or are looking to visit a fresh, desirable city this spring, we look at the top seven best places to live in the United States for 2017 with help from U.S. News & World Report.

#7: Raleigh-Durham, N.C.

Great shot at the #movieseries by @christerbergphotography We can't wait to get this years' series underway #downtownraleigh

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Aside from sturdy job growth, ‘The Triangle’ (Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill) boasts an energetic dining scene and exciting college rivalries.

Metro population: 1,750,865
Average annual salary: $51,150
Average monthly rent: $912

#6: Seattle, Wash.

Surrounded by the serenity of mountains and water, Seattle’s gorgeous scenery accented by a chill nightlife, gives it a much desirable lift.

Metro population: 3,614,361
Average annual salary: $59,060
Average monthly rent: $1,158

#5: Fayetteville, Ark.

Arkansas’ third-largest city is rapidly growing, but has remained true to its welcoming, community-oriented roots.

Metro population: 493,095
Average annual salary: $43,570
Average monthly rent: $738

#4: Washington, D.C.

Our nation’s illustrious capital comes with the benefits of a big city, clean parks, efficient public transit and rich museums.

Metro population: 5,949,403
Average annual salary: $65,910
Average monthly rent: $1,498

#3: San Jose, Calif.

High-tech quirky and outdoorsy, this Californian hot spot offers a blend of innovative tech campuses, high-rises, and sunny suburbs.

Metro population: 1,925,706
Average annual salary: $78,620
Average monthly rent: $1,697

#2: Denver, Colo.

Sunny skies again over the mile high. 📸: @peelgranephotography

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The Mile High City provides easy access to magnificent mountain trails and if you’re into that sort of thing, legal marijuana.

Metro population: 2,703,972
Average annual salary: $54,450
Average monthly rent: $1,049

#1: Austin, Texas

Lady Liberty on the Texas Capitol. Happy #texasindependenceday! #trueaustin 📷: @overaustin

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The “Live Music Capital of the World” is ideal for those looking to sit back and take in the sounds of the scene with good eats and a vibrant college scene.

Metro population: 1,889,094
Average annual salary: $49,560
Average monthly rent: $1,044

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Do you live in or are planning to move to any of these cities mentioned? Share with us your thoughts and experiences in the comments below.

{Featured photo: Instagram/@CityOfDenver/@_coolj23}
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