Out of the 125 most popular metro areas found around the U.S., Phoenix was named one of the best places to live. In order to make this list the metro area had to be desirable, a good value for residents, have a great quality of life and strong job growth
Phoenix is listed at #19 for best places to live and #34 for best places to retire. Nicknamed the "Valley of the Sun," the Greater Phoenix area sees more sunshine than any other metro area in the country. That in and of itself is enough to entice people to lay down roots, but Arizona's capital also features a desirable combination of a thriving job market, a relatively low cost of living and plenty of ways to enjoy the nice weather.
2018 Best Places to Live Methodology
U.S. News & World Report's Best Places to Live rankings are intended to help readers make the most informed decision when choosing where to settle down. The metro areas included in the rankings are evaluated using data from trusted sources like the United States Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Labor and U.S. News' own internal resources. This data was categorized into the five indexes listed below and then evaluated using a methodology determined by Americans' preferences. The percent weighting for each index follows the answers from a public survey in which people from across the country voted for what they believed was the most important thing to consider when thinking about moving.
2018 Best Places to Retire Methodology
U.S. News and World Report 2017
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